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Gynecomastia: Surgery, Treatment, Causes, Cost, and Symptoms

Gynecomastia, sometimes referred to as “man boobs,” is one of the men’s most common and fastest-growing problems. This condition can cause you to feel very self-conscious and embarrassed about your appearance. Fortunately, gynecomastia is a condition that can be treated effectively with surgery or other treatments. In this article, you will learn about Gynecomastia, its Symptoms, treatments, cost, and cause.

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What is Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery is otherwise known as Gyno surgery. In this male breast reduction surgery, the overdeveloped glandular tissue from the male chest is removed along with chest fat to give a more masculine appearance to the chest.

Usually, man boobs contain both gland and fat, and the distribution of fat and gland in the male boobs varies from individual to individual. In obese and fatty individuals, the chest fat accumulates more in the breast region, whereas in thin individuals, the gland size.

How Gynaecomastia looks?

When a male chest appears like a female’s after wearing the dress, then it is called gynecomastia. It is more of a social embarrassment to the individual, and they consider it a stigma in society. 

How to check for Gynecomastia ?

If you notice the following things, you are suffering from gynecomastia.

  1. If you observe that the nipple and your chest are protruding through the dress and cause a feeling of embarrassment yourself.
  2. Press your hand against the hips and gently move the tissues of the chest with your other hand, and if you notice that a significant amount of tissue in the chest region moves, then it may be a case of gynecomastia.
  3. If you feel any hard lump moving freely beneath the nipple region, it may be a case of gynecomastia.
  4. If you see that your breast is of a conical shape and the areola is more prominent in diameter and is puffy, then it may be a case of gynecomastia.
  5. If you have pain in the chest region and are tender to touch, it is due to overgrowth of the gland and hence is a case of gynecomastia.

How to identify Gynecomastia or chest fat ?

As the male breast is made up of both fat and glandular components, the condition of gynaecomastia can occur either with overgrowth of the gland or with chest fat accumulation. But it is essential to differentiate between these two conditions, as treatment differs for both problems.

  • Gynecomastia is because by gland development. If you see
    1. The breast is relatively stiff and is firm to touch.
    2. The breast is not hanging down, and the areola is puffy.
    3. The individual is thin and is having proportionate body structure.
    4. As it is purely because of gland overgrowth, exercise and losing weight do not improve the condition, and surgery is the only treatment option for them.
  • Gynecomastia is because by chest fat if you see
    1. The breast is not stiff and is relatively hanging down as in females.
    2. The individual is more fatty and obese, and there is a uniform distribution of fat everywhere in the body, including the chest region.
    3. The condition is because fat accumulation, weight loss, and exercise improve the situation.

How to reduce Gynecomastia naturally ?

Gynaecomastia condition is not severe; hence, all non-surgical measures can be tried for its reduction.

  1. As proper dieting and exercise keeps a person healthy and maintain his body functions, hormonal imbalances can be corrected with this lifestyle modification.
  2. Alcohol consumption promotes fat accumulation in the body and mainly chest fat accumulation. Restriction of alcohol intake improves the condition of gynecomastia.
  3. Certain medications cause gynecomastia, so it is always advisable to see a physician if you are on any medication. Stopping the medicines will improve the condition.
  4. If you are fatty and obese, weight reduction helps reduce chest fat and improve the condition of gynecomastia.
  5. If you are suffering from hormonal imbalance, hormonal treatment will help improve your condition.

If there is no improvement in gynecomastia condition, schedule an appointment with a gynecomastia surgeon for further treatment.

How long does Gynaecomastia last ?

Gynaecomastia is commonly noticed in adolescent age groups because of hormonal imbalance. So in males, the breast tissue starts growing from the age of 12 to 14 when they attain puberty and continues its growth under the influence of hormonal imbalance. This hormonal imbalance usually settles once the individual reaches the age of 18 years; hence, in most individuals, this condition gradually subsides after 18 years.

One more spike of hormonal imbalance usually occurs between the age of  45 to 55 years, and so gynecomastia problems may be seen in these individuals again after 50 years of age.

How to sleep after gynecomastia surgery ?

When liposuction surgery alone is done for chest fat removal, there is no restriction in his life activities after surgery, and the patient can sleep in any position.

But suppose gland excision is done for gynecomastia. There will be a cut in the nipple portion, so avoiding shoulder movements and pressure in the chest region is better after surgery. Hence it is advisable to sleep in the supine position straight for initial 3-4 days, and then he can lie in the side position afterward. He can sleep on his abdomen for only after 1 month after surgery.

How long after gynecomastia surgery can I workout ?

When liposuction surgery alone is done for chest fat removal, some amount of hardness is present in the chest region after surgery. So massaging of the chest region is helpful 15 days after surgery, and he can go for a workout one month after surgery.

If gland excision is done, the stitches near the nipple region take at least one month to heal. Hence workouts can be done only two months after surgery, but there is no restriction on his daily activities immediately after surgery.

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