- 35%- 40% of healthy men at some time in their life is affected by this condition.
- It is often seen in newborn babies, adolescent boys around puberty and in older men.
- Certain medications are also known to cause these changes as well as certain health conditions e.g. testicular failure, obesity, liver cirrhosis.
- Having gynecomastia could slightly increase your chance of male breast cancer. Although gynecomastia is a common condition, breast cancer is rare.
Surgical treatment of gynecomastia is usually done by means of liposculpture only or a combination of liposculpture and open surgery.
- The procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic and sedation.
- No overnight stay required.
Duration of Procedure approximately 60 to 90 minutes
In the case of open surgery patients will normally be discharged with drainage tubes( removed 1-2 days later).
- All patients are discharged wearing a corset( for at least 3 weeks)
- Patients experience more of a discomfort than pain.
- Office type work may be resumed after 1 week.
- No strenuous exercising for 4 weeks.
As with any form of surgery, risks are possible, although few and far between. Possible risks are:
- Haematoma ( excess bleeding) See list of medications/ substances causing increased bleeding