One can think of Gynecomastia surgery as a long-term investment in yourself. Those suffering from gynecomastia often report that results are more than skin-deep, results change every aspect of their lives. A well-proportioned, masculine chest can ease psychological health issues and anxieties that a patient has dealt with for years, and the surgery often creates a rippling effect of self-confidence and overall satisfaction throughout a person’s life.
Gynecomastia surgery is a statement of self-worth, a declaration of a man’s desire to reflect on the outside the man he feels like on the inside. For most men suffering from man boobs, the gynecomastia surgery cost is worth every penny. It can truly be a life-changing procedure, which will improve nearly every aspect of a man’s life.
Gynecomastia is a medical term that comes from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of Indian men. For men who feel self-conscious about their appearance, male breast-reduction surgery can help. The procedure removes fat and or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases removes excess skin, resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer and better contoured.
(The photograph is of a Bangalore based model. He graciously let us use his photograph after the surgery.)
Clinically gynaecomastia is graded as follows:
Grade 1 : Small enlargement, but without excess skin over the chest
Grade 2a: Moderate enlargement, without excess skin over the chest
Grade 2b: Moderate enlargement with extra skin over the chest
Grade 3 : Marked enlargement with extra skin over the chest.
Treatment depends on the grading of enlargement.
Grade 1 men can be treated with liposuction alone with very good results. Such surgeries are simple day care procedures with fast recovery.
Grade 2a men require a procedure called lipo-excision wherein, liposuction of the chest is combined with removal of the breast tissue. Here the chest is contoured to match a normal chest using liposuction and then the breast tissue is removed using a 2-3cms incision near the areola. Around 90% of the breast tissue is removed to give the chest its normal male contour. Removing 100% of the breast or doing aggressive liposuction can lead to a sunken chest appearance (also called crater deformity). Such complications should be avoided when dealing with gynecomastia. Other rare complications include asymmetry, scar complications, collection of blood in the operated areas and bruising. Sometimes a drain (a plastic tube) may be placed at the operated site to drain out any collected fluid or blood. It is usually removed by the 2nd day after surgery.
Grade 2b men also can be treated with lipo-excision alone in >90% cases. Some may require another surgery after about 3-6months for skin tightening to tackle the excess skin.
Grade 3 generally always requires skin tightening.
Following any gynecomastia surgery,pressure garments (Compression garments) are advised to prevent collection in the operated cavity and for better adherence of skin to the chest. All gynecomastia surgeries can be done on day care basis with admission for 9-10 hours only. Watch the videos at the bottom of the page for more clarity.
Dr Sreekar Harinatha’s pioneering techniques have been presented at many conferences and congresses including at IMCAS Taiwan and Paris. Watch the videos below for more details.