If you are like many men, you may only be too aware of the condition gynecomastia and if you are like many, it could well be ruining your confidence and your life. It can have damaging effects on the way a person feels or lives their lives as they are often too ashamed of the condition. An incredible fact is that about 40-60 % of men suffer from this condition and they have excess fat and tissue in one or both of their breasts.
What is involved with Gynecomastia Surgery?
The truth is that it may not be due to obesity, but it could be something that needs to be treated right away. Whatever the cause of the condition is, though, there are ways around it and one treatment available is to have surgery to remove the fat and the tissue of the breast.
The way that the tissue and fat is removed is through the use of liposuction and it will be performed under a general anaesthetic. A small incision would be made that goes around the nipple and across different points of the chest and a tube is used to suck the fatty tissue out. Also, if it is needed, glandular tissue is also removed from an incision in the nipple. The great news is that the stitches are dissolvable ones and they therefore do not need to be removed at all.
How long does it take to recover from the surgery?
Patients who receive the surgery can expect the operation to last anywhere from one to three hours. It varies with each person. The good news for most patients is that they can go home on the same day, but some patients may have to stay in longer, depending on the circumstances. You should recover within 2-3 weeks, but you need to relax until it is healed properly. This means that you should not do any vigorous activities that may aggravate it. Patients can resume exercise after about 6 weeks or so after the operation.
Can it come back if you have surgery and can you claim it on insurance?
The surgery is a good way to get rid of the excess glandular tissue and fat and can have great long-term results. However, if the man boobs were caused from being overweight, if you carry on as you did before, it could easily return.
The problem that Americans find is that this procedure is not covered by their insurance solely for the reason that it is considered as cosmetic surgery.
How will the patient feel after the surgery?
A patient will notice some bruising and swelling around the area that has been operated on, but you can wear a firm garment that should be worn for three weeks. Most of the swelling will have gone down by a few weeks, but it could take up to a couple of months to see the results of the breast reduction.
Gynecomastia surgery could well be the answer for your man boob problem when you have exhausted all natural means of ridding yourself of this condition.