Gynecomastia surgery is the improvement in contouring of the chest in male patients either by removing extra fat, skin, or gland tissues. Men who have swollen, and women-like enlarged breasts are the ideal candidate for this surgery. Th These enlarged breasts also called gynecomastia can cause discomfort or embarrassment resulting in refraining from many social activities and lower self-esteem.
This surgery does not cause any visible scarring, however, in some cases, slight scarring is visible. Your surgeon will do his best to avoid the appearance of any visible scars.
For gynecomastia surgery in Mumbai, Dr. Siddharth Prakash is a well-known Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon practicing at Lilavati Hospital, Mumbai. He is an alumnus of KEM Hospital, Mumbai, and Harvard Medical School, Boston.
What causes Gynecomastia?
Sometimes gynecomastia is caused by inheritance, obesity, or hormonal disorders. Sometimes it can occur as a result of various medicines such as steroids and can appear on either one side or both sides of the breasts.
Ideal Candidate for the Surgery
Men who are ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery include:
- Are bothered by their bulky or enlarged breasts and are very concerned about it
- Their condition can’t be rectified or treated with medicines and have recently used steroids
- Are in good health and surgery won’t cause any complications
This male breast reduction surgery also has risks similar to any other surgery such as infections, bleeding, and any other risk that are linked with anesthesia. In your consultation with the doctor, he will properly guide you about all the risks.
Consultation with the plastic surgeon:
In your first consultation with the doctor, he will ask you about your goals for getting the surgery done. He will ask you questions including your family history, your lifestyle, your health condition, any previous surgery, any medicine you are taking, and other health-related questions. That is to mitigate the chances of any risk during the surgery.
In the second consultation, the doctor and staff will take all the measurements, take pictures and do all the necessary assessments. Before surgery you might get the following tests done:
- Blood hormone levels are tested to rule out any hormonal disorders. You will also get liver and kidney function tests, to assess your overall physical health or any other undetected medical problem.
- Imaging tests including mammography, MRI, and ultrasound to check for any anomalies in breast tissues such as breast cancer. This surgery can increase the risk of breast cancer if the patient had any family history.
Surgery and Treatment:
Depending on the test results, your doctor will give you medication to treat any medical problem such as hormonal disorder or refer you to another physician. Treatments for hormonal disorders included tamoxifen to modulate estrogen receptors to reduce breast size, replacement therapy for testosterone, and stimulation of hormonal production using clomiphene.
Your doctor will also recommend you some lifestyle changes such as regular exercise and eating a healthy diet to reduce weight, refer you to a dietitian, and ask you to quit smoking and discontinue the use of any regular medicine to ensure the best results from the gynecomastia surgery.