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Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia (the enlargement of breasts in men due to fat or hormonal reasons) usually occurs because of hormonal imbalances or as side effects of psychological tranquilizers.

The real cause of gynecomastia is a higher level of estrogen in the blood than the level of testosterone.

The breasts have two main tissues: mammary gland and fatty tissue. The method of the treatment is specified according to the level of increase in these tissues.

40% of gynecomastia is seen between the ages of 10-16 when the hormonal changes are intensified during puberty and 65% in those periods when males experience their fastest growth. 75 % of the Gynecomastia symptoms occurring during puberty are overcome in two years while 90% recovery is seen in three years. Gynecomastia that is observed during later years is usually caused by fat accumulation in the chest area.

Gynecomastia may be seen in both breasts or in just one of them.

Most of the gynecomastia symptoms observed during puberty do not require any special treatment as they disappear naturally in time. Gynecomastia is treated by surgery when the symptoms do not disappear naturally in 3-4 years. Healthy males over the age of 18 can have gynecomastia surgery.

Our plastic surgeon gives you specific instructions as to how you should prepare for the operation in terms of eating, drinking and taking medication and vitamins. The process of breast reduction in males is usually performed without any need to stay in the hospital, although it may be recommended that the patient stays in the hospital for a night in some cases.

The operation of breast reduction for males is usually performed in combination with local anesthesia and sedatives. Extensive operations can be performed through general anesthesia in which the patient sleeps for the whole surgery. The duration of the operation is 1-15.5 hours on average.

You may leave the hospital at the end of the day you have the operation or the day after. You can easily go on with your daily life with almost no pain. You can have a bath and go back to work 2-3 days after the surgery. The stitches are removed within a few weeks after the operation. For at least four weeks, you should avoid any labor or sports that involve any risk of receiving a blow on the chest area.

Eventhough the bulginess calms down in a few weeks, you may need to wait for at least three months until the impact and the signs of the operation fully vanish.

It is recommended that you thoroughly think about your expectations before making any decision for a surgery and share them with your plastic surgeon. The results of the operation are permanent.

 

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