Gynecomastia is an alteration in male breasts, occurring with its abnormal increase, its causes are diverse and vary from hormonal disorders, medication use and even genetic predisposition. The breasts may enlarge due to the enlargement of the mammary gland or by the deposition of fat located in the male breast, known as pseudogynecomastia. It is a pathology that greatly affects man's life, bringing embarrassment, social insecurity and low esteem. Surgery to correct gynecomastia aims to restore man's self-esteem, avoid social trauma and improve the patient's life. It is a relatively simple procedure and it has been growing a lot in Brazil. - Common questions

What is gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery is plastic surgery for the reduction of male breasts, either by the accumulation of fat in the breasts, which give the appearance of female breasts, until the enlargement of the male mammary gland itself. It is a surgery, which begins with a liposuction of the mammary region and, when indicated, the removal of the excess of the mammary gland, ending in a natural result, with the chest area more harmonious and masculine.

How are the scars of gynecomastia?

A cicatriz resultante da ginecomastia vai depender da quantidade de glândula que deverá ser retirada. Na grande maioria das vezes, é uma cicatriz pequena e discreta, localizada na região ao redor da aréola, inferiormente, como uma meia lua. A incisão feita para a lipoaspiração das mamas deixa uma cicatriz mínima de aproximadamente 0,5 cm, posicionada escondida.

How is the postoperative period of gynecomastia?

Surgery to correct gynecomastia lasts an average of 1 hour and the patient can be discharged from the hospital on the same day of surgery, with no need to stay overnight. We recommend relative rest at home in the first week, until the seventh day, when stitches are normally removed. The return to social activities and work takes place on average after 10 days and physical activities 30 days. A compression vest should be worn for a month. The definitive result happens around 6 months after surgery.

Are there any dangers in gynecomastia correction surgery?

The risk does exist, but it is minimized due to the fact that it is a quick surgery, performed under local anesthesia with sedation, it is similar to the risk of going to the dentist (who also uses local anesthetic). Rarely does gynecomastia suffer serious complications. This is due to a good preoperative preparation of the patient and in the case of association with another surgery, to do with consideration.

Can gynecomastia correction be associated with other plastic surgeries?

Yes you can. It is usually associated with liposuction from areas other than the breasts that need fat removal. We chose to associate it with some small procedure, such as blepharoplasty, for example, or even a larger procedure such as rhinoplasty, as long as this does not increase the surgical time too much. It is all a matter of common sense, always seeking patient safety.

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