Reasons for surgery
In the majority of cases there is no known cause and, although rarely talked about, it is a common condition. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, breast-reduction surgery can be helpful.
Gynecomastia surgery can be combined with a breast liposuction if necessary.
Most operations for gynecomastia are performed under general anaesthesia, or in some cases, under local anaesthesia with sedation. The procedure removes tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases excess skin.
If there is predominantly a diffuse fatty enlargement of the breast, liposuction is the usual treatment. This involves sucking out the tissue through a small tube inserted via a 3-4mm incision.
If excess glandular tissue is the primary cause of breast enlargement, it may need to be cut out.
Things to discuss with your surgeon
Along with all your other questions, you should make sure you discuss the following in your consultations with your surgeon.
- What should I avoid before and after surgery?
- Do I need to follow any special diets?
- When will the stitches be removed?
- Will wound dressings be needed? What kind and for how long?
- When will you be able to have shower or bath?
- Will you have to use medications? What kind and for how long?
- How should you take care of your skin?
- How will you have to adjust your lifestyle?
- How long will I need to stay in Lithuania before it is safe for me to travel?
- What special garments will you have to wear?
- Are any exercise or sport activities recommended postoperatively?
- When can you start working?
- Will additional examinations be necessary postoperatively? When and where?