Gynecomastia Surgery – Myths and Facts

Gynecomastia or enlarged breast glands in men can happen at any time and any age. This is not a serious medical condition, but it definitely needs some attention at the right time. The problem does not affect a man physically, but does have a psychological effect. It affects a man’s physical look and self-esteem. At times, the breast will be tender and cause physical discomfort. Know about some of the important Gynecomastia surgery myths and facts here.

Gynecomastia Surgery Myths and facts

Myth: This is only a problem with fat

Fact: It is one of the most common myths and people think that only men that are overweight will develop this problem. In reality, there are cases where excessive weight can make a man’s breast look larger, but fat alone is not the only cause for concern. The problem happens when a man actually develops breast tissue and is not a result of just little fat in the area.In fact extremely thin individuals who are quite muscular may also develop gynecomastia.

Myth: Hormones do not affect this problem

Fact: What is really behind this is a hormone imbalance in men. The problem is a result of increased estrogen and decreased testosterone. Although estrogen is a female hormone, even men have it in small amounts. Male breast tissue can develop if there is an excess of estrogen or a less production of testosterone.

Myth: There is no external cause of Gynecomastia

Fact: Often times, alcohol consumption is connected with gynecomastia and it is something that is not considered by all to be the cause of this problem. There are also certain medications that can cause gynecomastia in men. Some of the medications include those taken for enlarged prostate, antibiotics, anti-depressants, and heart conditions. There are also reports of endocrine problems in men that can result in the development of breast tissue. So, it is good to know that there is more than one reason for gynecomastia.Therefore a thorough history taking is essential when evaluating a patient with gynecomastia.

Myth: The surgery can be done anywhere because of the advanced technology

Fact: One of the most important things is that the surgeons have experience in gynecomastia surgery because only then is it possible to get the best results. So, it is not like a person can go to any clinic and expect to get the best results. Good instruments and facilities do not mean that you will get the best results. You will need to get the hands of experienced surgeons to get the best results.

Myth: It is not that expensive

Fact: Well, the amount of money that you spend is comparatively more. The problem is that this surgery is not covered in an insurance claim, and you will need to spend money from your own pocket. In order for you to do that, you will need to save some money for your treatment so that during the surgery time you do not have to struggle for the funds. However, when you consider the benefits of gynecomastia surgery in the long run you will notice that you gain a lot of additional perks with the investment.

Myth: It takes a long time to recover

Fact: This is one myth that keeps many people from even thinking about gynecomastia treatment. However, it is a relief to know that the advanced technology and treatment options will help you get quick recovery from the surgery and get you back on track soon. If you are wondering about how much time it will take, it is best to keep a time slot of approximately 4 to 6 weeks in mind. Once the surgery procedure is done you will need some down time to get a complete recovery. However, in just about a few weeks you will be good enough to get back into your regular schedule.

Myth: It will come back again

Fact: Generally, once the surgery is done the problem will be taken care of permanently. The procedure ensures that this condition is fixed for lifetime. However, there are still slight chances of a recurrence in very few people, and it is best to check with the surgeon about your condition in order to get a clear idea about this aspect.

If you spend time in research, you will realize that there are several different views people have based on what they have heard and some who know very little about the medical condition resulting in man boobs. So as a wise person, it is best to get a consultation with the plastic surgeon in order to get a clear idea about the myths and facts related to gynecomastia surgery. This will help you take an informed decision about the surgery and get the perfectly contoured results. Once you identify the myths from the facts, you will be in a better place to make the right decision.

Author: Dr. Deepu Chundru
Dr. Deepu Chundru is a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon who believes in the power of plastic surgery to not just look better, but to feel better. Armed with an MS in General Surgery and an MCh in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Deepu went a step further and honed his skills with Fellowships in Aesthetic Surgery from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and New York, USA. He makes sure to understand his patients intimately to truly know what they want, and has been known to keep an eye even on the minutest of details, which brings out exceptional results.

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