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Gynecomastia (sometimes referred to as “man boobs”) is a common condition that causes boys’ and men’s breasts to swell and become larger than normal. Gynecomastia surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breast tissue. This enlargement can be caused by an excess amount of fat tissue, glandular tissue, or a combination of both. Gynecomastia affects men of all ages, whether they are newborns, boys going through puberty, or older men. 

Males who are going through puberty often experience gynecomastia because of their changing hormones. Fortunately, this type of gynecomastia is usually resolved within six months to two years without any treatment. 

Gynecomastia in adults is much more common than is generally recognized, affecting an estimated 65% percent of adult men. But for many men, it does not go away. The symptoms can range from a little bit of protrusion of the nipples to severe protrusion, where the male chest almost looks like female breasts. Breasts are considered to be inappropriate on a boy’s chest. Psychologically it is a very disturbing condition as boys are supposed to have flat, muscular chests. Gynecomastia is a very embarrassing condition for men, reducing their willingness to take their shirts off at the beach or take part in sports. Luckily, gynecomastia is almost entirely correctable with surgery.

How Do I Know If I Have Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is often physically visible. The most common symptom is an enlargement of the breast area, wherein you have breast tissue that’s greater than 0.5 centimeters (cm) in diameter. If you happen to have any sort of breast swelling, it’s a good idea to have a doctor physically check if it’s gynecomastia or another health condition. The doctor will carefully evaluate your breast tissue, abdomen, and genitals, and have you undergo blood tests and, possibly, mammograms.

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Are There Medicines Or Non-Surgical Treatments For Gynecomastia?

Some patients want to get rid of their gynecomastia through treatments such as drugs or herbal supplements, but these cannot cure the condition. In fact, they may cause even worse side effects. The best and most effective treatment for gynecomastia is gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery.

What To Expect At The Consultation?

If you’ve been experiencing any signs or symptoms of gynecomastia, it is highly recommended that you schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon in your area. At Arra Aesthetics, during your initial visit, Dr. Vasant Gholave will conduct a physical examination and ask detailed questions about your medical history. It is important to be open and honest with the physician. He may perform a few simple tests to determine how much excess breast tissue there is.

For most men with gynecomastia, there is no underlying abnormal condition. After your examination with Dr. Vasant Gholave, you may be required to get blood testing to measure levels of the hormones related to the testes, pituitary as well as the thyroid or ultrasound gonads or MRI of the head if any abnormality is found.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Gynecomastia Surgery?

Many of our patients at Arra Aesthetics ask us this question, and so Dr. Vasant Gholave has made a list of criteria that gives the answer. You are a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery if:

Whether to undergo male breast reduction surgery or not is an individual choice. You need to consult with Dr. Vasant Gholave, the founder of Arra Aesthetics. He will determine whether gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery is right for you!

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What Is the Treatment for Gynecomastia?

The treatment for an enlarged male breast tissue will depend on its cause. If the underlying cause is obesity, your plastic surgeon will recommend a change in diet and lifestyle, since returning to a normal body weight might reduce the size of the breasts. If it’s due to drugs or medications, then the use of those needs to be stopped.

If the enlargement of the breasts cannot be reversed by diet and exercise alone, then a male breast reduction surgery is the only treatment option. Male breast reduction surgery, also known as man boob surgery, enables the removal of excess tissue from the male breasts; this can be glandular tissue, fat, and skin.

The preferred technique of gynecomastia surgery is decided by the cosmetic surgeon and is subject to the amount of tissue that needs to be removed. Overall liposuction is the gold standard mode of treatment. When a larger amount of tissue needs to be removed during man boob surgery, the surgeon may choose a tissue excision procedure just like breast reduction surgery for females. The decision regarding the correct type of technique is carefully taken by your plastic surgeon so as to minimize the chance of a “re-do” surgery in the future.

The effects of man boob surgery are usually permanent as long as the patient is willing to maintain a healthy lifestyle. If there are serious fluctuations in body weight, the problem may return over time.

How Is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed?

The type of gynecomastia surgery depends on patient preference and the nature of their problem.

Gynecomastia Surgery By Liposuction:

A patient can be put to sleep, given IV sedation, or be given just local tumescence anesthesia or general anesthesia. One or two ¼ inch incisions are made on each side of the chest. A long-acting anesthetic along with fluid is placed inside the breast tissue. After the surgeon injects a long-acting anesthetic and fluid into the breast tissue, he waits for it to distribute before placing small tubes through incisions in order to remove fat from those areas. Those incisions are closed with just several small sutures that may be dissolvable or are removed after about 10 days.

Gynecomastia Surgery By Excision:

Excision means cutting out tissue. This can be done with IV sedation, general anesthesia, or local anesthesia. An incision is made from about 5-8 o’clock on the areola and then the excess tissue is removed. Self-dissolving stitches are placed. Many times excision is combined with liposuction.

Dr. Vasant Gholave will use drains only when he has to take out very large amounts of breast tissue. He will tell the patient ahead of time if this will be necessary.

Most male breast reduction surgery is completed in as little as an hour in case of liposuction and up to 2-3 hours in case of excision.

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What Happens During Recovery After Gynecomastia Surgery?

A dressing is put over the wound to assist with healing. A pressure garment (compression vest) needs to be worn for 6 weeks. Gynecomastia is a daycare surgery. It will take about a week to be able to resume your work. If you require more time, Dr. Vasant Gholave can provide a certificate for work if required. You can ease back into exercise after 4 to 6 weeks.

Generally, gynecomastia surgery is relatively pain-free. Most patients report discomfort after male breast reduction surgery, but no significant pain.

Dr. Vasant Gholave will give you a prescription for pain relief medication following surgery.

What Are The Risks Of Gynecomastia Surgery?

Surgical correction of gynecomastia is a popular procedure that provides consistent results. It should only be performed by a specialist plastic surgeon to minimize complications.

Some unavoidable complications such as infection, bruising, delayed healing, pain, and loss of sensation may occur, but these are usually self-limited and if need be, easily treated. In general, for male breast reduction, other risks may include visible scars, change in nipple sensation, irregular chest contour, and excess skin.

Dr. Vasant Gholave will ensure that scarring from your breast reduction is minimal. Incisions are positioned to be least noticeable along the lower border of the areola and inframammary fold. Most scars have usually faded within 6-12 months after surgery. To hasten the scar remodeling Dr. Vasant Gholave uses the latest RecoSMA Laser treatment for Scar Rejuvenation.

With any breast surgery, there is a chance of a change in nipple sensation. It is variable from patient to patient. Some patients feel changes in sensation, while others do not experience any change at all.

Are The Results Of Gynecomastia Surgery Permanent?

Gynecomastia patients are informed about the possibility of their gynecomastia coming back. The effects of gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery are long-lasting, however, if you gain weight following the procedure, or if you start medications again which caused the gynecomastia in the first place, fat cells can return to the chest area. Few cases in which liposuction was done and the skin does not retract properly might require skin excision later. At Arra Aesthetics our plastic surgeons do a careful preoperative assessment and have a frank discussion with the patient to ensure that the patient has realistic expectations.

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Dr. Vasant Gholave


Dr. Vasant Gholave is an immensely skilled Plastic Surgeon, Hair Transplant Surgeon, and Cosmetic surgeon in Pune. After a strong experience of 21 years, he came up with a cosmetic surgery and cosmetology treatment solution, “Arra Aesthetics”, which not only has the latest technology and treatments but also state-of-the-art infrastructure under one roof. Dr. Vasant always strives for the best results and has the zeal to continuously improve and innovate in his practice of cosmetic and laser surgery.

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