Gynaecomastia, enlarged breasts in men is a condition that is a quite common and can be treated effectively by surgery.
Some men develop excessive amounts of breast tissue which can cause a great deal of embarrassment. The excess breast tissue may vary from a size of a golf ball to a size of a fully developed female breast.
Occasionally this is due to a hormone imbalance, however, in most instances there is no detectable abnormality either on blood tests or clinical examination. Diet or exercise does not solve the problem. Surgery, by removing the excess tissue, permanently restores a normal appearance. The surgery is carried out under general anaesthesia and can be done as a day case or with a one-night stay in hospital.
The procedure may be done in one of two ways:
- The surgeon makes a half moon incision around or below the areola and cut away the unwanted breast tissue.
- He usually combines this by using lipoplasty equipment to remove the excess tissue. This requires only a small 5mm wound toward the armpit or under the nipple there is virtually no scarring.
Your surgeon will also explain the procedure to you, describe any scars the procedure will leave and discuss what you can expect after your surgery.
After your surgery you can be confident that your breast tissue will never grow back, however the swelling caused by your procedure may take as much as six months to settle.