Gynecomastia is a surgical procedure treating an enlargement or swelling of breast tissue in males. The procedure has been long known to be efficient in giving males a less embarrassing and more attractive chest. However, are the results of gynecomastia permanent, or does the surgery need rectification?
What is the procedure of gynecomastia about?
The term gynecomastia designates an increase in the amount of breast gland tissue in boys or men. This phenomenon is due to several factors: either a hormonal imbalance during or after puberty (gynecomastia is visible right from puberty), testicular cancer (which causes an abnormal production of hormones), side effects of certain medical treatments, or else. As a way to treat gynecomastia and give the chest an attractive appearance, the surgical solution is the most recommended. The intervention consists in performing a liposuction of excess fat in the breast region, or a simple removal of the mammary gland. Both techniques may be combined; all-depending on the patient’s case.
What are the postoperative effects of the surgery?
Generally speaking, the procedure is not painful; however, the surgeon will prescribe appropriate antalgics to relieve any pain or discomfort. The patient may also notice the presence of swelling and bruising in operated areas. These will dissipate in the few weeks that follow the intervention. In addition, the patient has to wait for 10 days before resuming work, and a month before resuming sports.
Are the results of the gynecomastia treatment immediate?
The results of the surgery are in most cases immediately visible. However, the patient has to wait for a few weeks in order to enjoy the permanent and stable results of the surgery. Indeed, permanent results will be only visible once all bruising has dissipated and the chest skin re-tightened. The results are a better-looking chest with no overdeveloped breasts. The intervention of gynecomastia is largely performed worldwide nowadays as it gives very satisfying results with minimum complications.v
Are the results of the gynecomastia treatment permanent?
If the surgery is performed by a certified and competent surgeon and in accordance with the regulations, the surgery offers very satisfying and permanent results; regardless of whether the procedure is a glandular gynecomastia, a removal of the mammary gland, a fatty gynecomastia, or an aspiration of excess fat. The patient may permanently enjoy a firmer and less embarrassing chest after their surgery. However, gynecomastia may be rectified for some patients or in certain cases. This can be the cause of different factors.
In which cases does gynecomastia reappear?
Different factors may cause the re-appearance of gynecomastia. Generally, gynecomastia either reappears due to poor performance in the surgical act (notably because the diagnosis was not as precise since the start), a sedentary lifestyle, or dramatic weight gain. A hormonal dysfunction may also be the cause of gynecomastia re-appearance; especially if the phenomenon has not been treated appropriately.
What to do if gynecomastia reappears?
If your gynecomastia reappears, the first thing to do is a hormonal check-up and a mammography. These examinations will help the doctor conduct a complete and precise diagnosis. In this case, the patient will need to re-do the surgery; either a lipoaspiration of excess fat, a simple removal of the mammary gland (if the removal has not been performed during the first surgery), or both techniques combined.