Understanding gynecomastia can be complex. Since the condition of overdeveloped breasts in men creates more of an identity crisis than a physical discomfort, men often feel there is something ‘terribly’ wrong with them. Hence, when diagnosed with gynecomastia, affected men need more of an emotional support along with medical intervention.
Although it is true that even new born babies suffer from Gynecomastia, most of the times, it is young adolescents who face this condition in a higher density. Most can see their chest getting enlarged gradually. This is usually caused by puberty-related hormones and with time, the chest becomes normal. However, since the recovery period is unknown and can take long, the problem needs to be handled with a sensitive approach.
On the other hand, Gynecomastia in adult men is caused by specific health issues like cancer, AIDS or consumption of certain drugs. However, in some cases, the reasons behind male breast development are unknown and hence, only a skilled gynecomastia surgeon can evaluate such cases and prepare a customized plan to treat such patients.
Let’s try to understand the symptoms of this potentially embarrassing condition and how a surgery can help:
- Breast development
- Puffiness in chest
- Tender nipples
- Asymmetrical breasts
- Breast pain
This surgery is carried out under general anaesthesia although local anaesthesia may be needed along with sedation. The result is immediate along with temporary scarring, swelling and bruising which fades out over the next four to six weeks. Pressure garments and pain medication will be prescribed and a healthy lifestyle will be advised. Complications are rare and not really severe. A good pre-op consultation eliminates any risk of complications.
You need to eat healthy food and take adequate rest. Avoid smoking and taking alcohol. You should keep clean. It is also important to avoid any heavy physical activity. Also while resting, lay down in a proper position, mostly upright.
If you take good care of yourself, keep a positive attitude, then it is highly likely that you will overcome this problem and start living a healthy and worry-free life once again.