Due to various reasons, some men develop female-like breasts ("gynecomastia") as a result of excess tissue and fat in the chest area. This is often times first noticed during the adolescent years when young men go through puberty.
Some of the common causes of gynecomastia include hormone imbalance, drug abuse, use of steroids, and certain prescription drugs. Also, it is important to note that gynecomastia is not only present in overweight men; it can also affect those who are otherwise in good physical shape.
We perform liposuction, excision of the gland or both together.There is a moderate amount of discomfort associated with the liposuction and excision of gynecomastia in men. It should be well controlled by oral pain medications and should be expected to last 2-3 days. It is always a good idea to have someone drive you home and stay with you at least for he first night of surgery.
There is some bruising and swelling associated with this surgery. It is helpful to apply cooling packs for the first 48 hours and to avoid salt intake while drinking plenty of water. Final result is not known until 6 months. This is a surgery with an extremely low complication rate but should be monitored for any fluid accumulation afterwards.
Resuming work can be done as early as the next day or the day after as the discomfort from this operation tends to be short lived. The stitches are all under the skin and dissolving so that within 3 weeks my patients are able to begin going to the gym to work out. You should also avoid exposing the scars to the sun for at least six months. Sunlight can permanently affect the skin's pigmentation, causing the scar to turn dark. If sun exposure is unavoidable,
use a strong sun block. A good rule of thumb is that if the scars have not lost their pink color yet the sun should be avoided.