Gynaecomastia is an enlargement of the male breast as a result of an abnormal increase in the glandular tissue. It affects an estimated 40-60% of men in varying degrees. Thankfully, Gynaecomastia surgery is relatively straightforward and most men resume regular exercise within one month.
The surgery will take one to three hours depending on the individual patient. Most patients can go home on the day of surgery, however some will stay in the hospital for a couple of days.
Liposuction is used to remove the fatty tissue under a general anaesthetic. Small incisions are then made around the nipple and at other sites in the chest. A small metal tube (cannula) is used to suck out the fatty tissue. If necessary, glandular tissue is also removed through incisions at the border of the nipple. The incisions are then sutured to give a flatter, firmer and better-contoured chest. Any stitches will be of the dissolving type and so do not need to be removed.
There may be some swelling and bruising of the treated area and to help reduce this you, you may be required to wear a firm lycra garment for three weeks. The swelling should subside with the first few weeks however, it may be a couple of months before the full effect of the breast reduction surgery is apparent. Most patients can resume full activity, including exercise, in about a month following surgery for Gynaecomastia.
It is important not to carry out vigorous activities for the first five days after the surgery. You can return to work and resume most normal activities after one to two weeks and begin exercise after six weeks.
Please note that in terms of results and expectations, there are numerous variables with every patient, each surgery and every recovery and healing period.