Follow us:

Male-Specific Plastic Surgery

Gynecomastia is a condition where men develop enlarged or overdeveloped breasts. It can occur at any age and is often caused by hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs. Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and affect a man’s self-confidence. In severe cases, the excess breast tissue may cause sagging and stretching of the areola. Gynecomastia surgery, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is a plastic surgery procedure that aims to reduce breast size in men, flatten the chest, and improve the overall contours. The surgery may involve removing excess fat, glandular tissue, and excess skin if necessary. It can help improve self-esteem and allow men to feel more comfortable in their bodies.

Candidates for gynecomastia surgery are typically men who:
Candidates: Candidates for gynecomastia surgery are typically men who:
1. Have persistent gynecomastia despite efforts to address it through lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise.
2. Have good overall health and are at a stable weight.
3. Have realistic expectations about the outcome of the surgery.
4. Are emotionally and mentally prepared for the surgery and the recovery process.
5. Have fully developed breasts (the condition may resolve on its own in adolescents).
6. Are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before and after the surgery, as smoking can increase the risk of complications.
7. Are committed to following post-operative care instructions and attending follow-up appointments.
It is important for individuals considering gynecomastia surgery to consult with a qualified surgeon who can assess their specific case and determine if they are suitable candidates for the procedure.

During a consultation for gynecomastia surgery, you can expect the following:
1. Discussion of Medical History: The surgeon will review your medical history, including any past surgeries, medical conditions, and medications you are currently taking. They will also inquire about any drug or alcohol use, as these factors can contribute to gynecomastia.
2. Physical Examination: The surgeon will perform a physical examination of your chest to assess the extent of gynecomastia and determine the most appropriate surgical approach. They may take measurements and photographs for reference.
3. Discussion of Expectations: You will have an opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations for the surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand the potential outcomes and limitations of the procedure.
4. Treatment Options: The surgeon will explain the different treatment options available for gynecomastia, including surgical techniques, anesthesia options, and potential risks and complications associated with the procedure.
5. Customized Treatment Plan: Based on your examination and discussion of goals, the surgeon will develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. They will explain the recommended surgical techniques, incision placements, and potential outcomes.
6. Pre-operative Instructions: You will receive instructions on how to prepare for the surgery, including any necessary pre-operative tests, medications to avoid, and guidelines for fasting before the procedure.
7. Discussion of Risks and Complications: The surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications associated with gynecomastia surgery, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in nipple sensation, asymmetry, and the need for revision surgery.
8. Cost and Financing: The surgeon’s office will provide information on the cost of the procedure, including fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, and facility. They may also discuss financing options or insurance coverage, if applicable.
9. Post-operative Care: You will receive instructions on how to care for yourself after the surgery, including information on pain management, activity restrictions, and follow-up appointments.
10. Questions and Concerns: This is your opportunity to ask any questions or express any concerns you may have about the procedure, recovery, or expected results.
Remember, a consultation is a chance for you to gather information and make an informed decision about whether gynecomastia surgery is right for you. It is important to choose a board-certified surgeon with experience in performing gynecomastia surgery to ensure optimal results.

What will be the cost of the procedure, and what does it include (surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, facility fees, etc.)?
Are there any financing options available?
What type of anesthesia will be used during the surgery?
Will there be visible scarring after the procedure, and how can it be minimized?
Can you explain the potential changes in nipple sensation after the surgery?
How long do the results typically last, and are there any factors that can affect the longevity of the results?
Are there any non-surgical alternatives or complementary procedures that can enhance the results?
What should I do to prepare for the surgery, both physically and mentally?
What can I expect in terms of pain and discomfort after the surgery, and what pain management options will be available?
Will I need to wear any compression garments or dressings after the surgery?
How many follow-up appointments will be necessary, and what will be involved in the follow-up care?
What is your revision policy if I am not satisfied with the results?
Can you provide any testimonials or references from previous gynecomastia surgery patients?
It’s important to ask any additional questions or express any concerns you may have during the consultation. Your surgeon should be open and willing to address all your queries to ensure you have a clear understanding of the procedure and can make an informed decision.

It’s important to note that while these risks exist, they are relatively rare and most patients experience a smooth recovery without any complications. Your surgeon will take steps to minimize these risks and ensure your safety during the procedure. They will discuss these risks with you in detail during your consultation and answer any questions or concerns you may have. It’s important to follow all pre-operative and post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon to minimize the risk of complications and achieve the best possible outcome.

Prior to gynecomastia surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure a smooth and successful procedure. Here are some general guidelines to help you prepare:
1. Medical Evaluation: Your surgeon may require you to undergo lab testing or a medical evaluation to assess your overall health and determine if you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
2. Medications: You may need to adjust or temporarily stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners or herbal supplements, as they taking any prescribed medications without consulting your doctor first. They will provide specific instructions on which medications to continue or stop taking before the surgery.
3. Smoking cessation: If you are a smoker, it is highly recommended to quit smoking at least a few weeks before the surgery. Smoking can impair your body’s ability to heal and increase the risk of complications during and after the surgery.
4. Avoid certain substances: It is important to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements in the weeks leading up to the surgery. These substances can increase the risk of bleeding during and after the procedure.
5. Arrange for transportation and support: Since gynecomastia surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, you will need someone to drive you to and from the surgical facility. It is also advisable to have someone stay with you for at least the first night after the surgery to assist with any post-operative care.
6. Follow pre-operative instructions: Your surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to follow before the surgery. This may include guidelines on fasting, showering with a special soap, and avoiding certain skincare products.
7. Prepare your recovery area: Set up a comfortable recovery area at home before the surgery. This may include having extra pillows, loose and comfortable clothing, and any necessary medical supplies or medications readily available.
8. Arrange for time off work: Depending on the extent of the surgery and your individual healing process, you may need to take time off work to recover. Discuss this with your surgeon and plan accordingly.
9. Follow a healthy lifestyle: Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, can help optimize your body’s healing process and improve the overall outcome of the surgery.
10. Communicate with your surgeon: If you have any concerns or questions leading up to the surgery, do not hesitate to contact your surgeon. They are there to guide and support you throughout the process.
By following these guidelines and closely adhering to your surgeon’s instructions, you can help ensure a smooth and successful gynecomastia surgery.

1. Anesthesia: Medications are administered to ensure your comfort during the surgery. This can include general anesthesia or intravenous sedation.
2. Incision Placement: The surgeon will make incisions in strategic locations to minimize visible scarring. The specific incision pattern will depend on the extent of the gynecomastia and the surgical approach chosen.
3. Liposuction: In cases where excess fatty tissue is the main cause of gynecomastia, liposuction techniques may be used. A thin tube called a cannula is inserted through the incisions to suction out the excess fat.
4. Excision: If there is glandular breast tissue or excess skin that needs to be removed, excision techniques may be employed. The surgeon will make additional incisions to access and remove the tissue.
5. Nipple Repositioning: Depending on the individual case, the surgeon may need to reposition the nipple to achieve a more natural male contour. This involves making incisions and adjusting the positioning of the nipple.
6. Closure: Once the necessary changes have been made, the incisions are closed using sutures. The surgeon may also apply dressings or compression garments to support the healing process.
7. Recovery: After the surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area where you will be monitored closely. You will receive instructions on how to care for the incisions, manage any discomfort, and minimize swelling. It is important to follow these instructions for proper healing.
8. Follow-up: You will have follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and ensure proper healing. They will also provide guidance on when you can resume normal activities and exercise.
It is important to note that the specific steps may vary depending on the individual case and the surgical approach chosen by the surgeon. It is best to consult with a board-certified surgeon to discuss your specific situation and expectations for the procedure.

Additionally, you may be instructed to wear a compression garment to help reduce swelling and provide support to the surgical area. It is important to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding dressing changes and wearing the compression garment.
During the recovery period, it is common to experience some pain, swelling, and bruising around the surgical site. Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort. It is important to take the medication as directed and report any severe or worsening pain to your surgeon.
You may also be advised to limit physical activity and avoid strenuous exercise for a certain period of time to allow for proper healing. It is crucial to follow these instructions to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of complications.
It is normal to have some temporary numbness or changes in sensation around the surgical area. This typically resolves over time, but it is important to inform your surgeon if you experience any persistent or concerning symptoms.
Overall, the recovery period for gynecomastia surgery can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the procedure. It is important to have regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon to monitor your progress and address any concerns or questions you may have during the recovery process.

The results of gynecomastia surgery can vary from person to person. In general, the surgery aims to reduce the size and improve the shape of the male chest, creating a more masculine appearance. The final results may not be immediately visible due to swelling and bruising, but as the healing process progresses, you should start to see improvements.
It is important to note that gynecomastia surgery does not guarantee perfect symmetry or complete elimination of all breast tissue. However, most patients are satisfied with the results and experience a boost in self-confidence and body image.
It is crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a balanced diet, to maintain the results of the surgery. Weight fluctuations and hormonal imbalances can potentially lead to a recurrence of gynecomastia.
It is recommended to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure proper healing and address any concerns or complications that may arise.

Choosing a surgeon for gynecomastia surgery is an important decision that can greatly impact the outcome of your procedure. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a surgeon :
1. Board certification: Ensure that the surgeon is board-certified by a recognized plastic surgery board in your country. Board certification indicates that the surgeon has met specific standards and has undergone rigorous training in plastic surgery.
2. Experience and expertise: Look for a surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery and has extensive experience performing the procedure. Ask about their specific experience with gynecomastia surgery, including the number of procedures they have performed and their success rates.
3. Before and after photos: Request to see before and after photos of previous gynecomastia patients treated by the surgeon. This will give you an idea of their aesthetic approach and the quality of their results
4. Patient testimonials: Read reviews and testimonials from previous patients to get an understanding of their experiences and satisfaction with the surgeon and the procedure.
5. Consultation: Schedule a consultation with the surgeon to discuss your goals, concerns, and expectations. Pay attention to how the surgeon listens to you, answers your questions, and provides a clear and detailed plan for your surgery.
6. Hospital privileges and surgical facility: Ensure that the surgeon has privileges to perform surgery at a reputable hospital or surgical facility. This ensures that they meet certain standards and have access to necessary resources and equipment.
7. Communication and rapport: It’s important to choose a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and have good communication. A surgeon who listens to your concerns, understands your goals, and provides honest and realistic expectations is essential for a successful outcome.
8. Cost: While cost should not be the primary factor in your decision, it is important to understand the fees involved and any potential additional costs. Make sure to discuss the cost of the procedure, including anesthesia, facility fees, and follow-up care, with the surgeon.
9. Follow-up care: Inquire about the surgeon’s post-operative care and follow-up appointments. A surgeon who provides thorough and attentive post-operative care can contribute to a smooth recovery and optimal results.
10. Trust your instincts: Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose a surgeon whom you feel confident and comfortable with. It’s important to have trust and confidence in your surgeon to ensure a positive surgical experience and satisfactory results.
Remember to do thorough research, ask questions, and take your time in making your decision. It’s important to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery to achieve the best possible outcome.

Areola: The pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

Bilateral gynecomastia: A condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men affecting both breasts.

Endocrine system: A group of glands that make hormones which help to control activities in your body such as reproduction, metabolism, growth and development. Testing of your endocrine system may be done to look for signs of diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, hypertension, and obesity.

Excision: The surgical removal of tissue, in this case, the removal of excess breast tissue.

General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness, causing the patient to be unconscious and unaware during the procedure.

Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin, often caused by bleeding during or after surgery.

Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help the patient relax during the procedure.

Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure involves removing excess fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.

Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly into the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain in that specific area.

Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together after surgery.

Unilateral gynecomastia: A condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men affecting only one breast.

Plastic surgery for men

On their plastic surgery journey, men can expect a process that is similar to that of women. Here are some things that men can expect:
1. Initial consultation: The first step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified surgeon . During this consultation, you will discuss your goals and concerns, and the surgeon will evaluate your specific needs and determine the best approach for your desired outcome.
2. Customized treatment plan: The surgeon will create a personalized treatment plan based on your goals, anatomy, and expectations. They will explain the procedures that are suitable for you and discuss the expected outcomes, potential risks, and recovery process.
3. Surgical procedures: Depending on your goals, you may undergo various surgical procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), facelift, eyelid surgery, liposuction, or abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). These procedures are designed to enhance your appearance and achieve the desired results.
4. Anesthesia: Most plastic surgery procedures are performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the specific procedure and your surgeon’s recommendation.
5. Recovery: After the surgery, you will need to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. This may include taking prescribed medications, wearing compression garments, avoiding strenuous activities, and attending follow-up appointments. The recovery period will vary depending on the procedure, but it is important to give yourself enough time to heal properly.
6. Results: The final results of your plastic surgery will gradually become apparent as you heal. It is important to have realistic expectations and understand that it may take several weeks or months to see the full results. Your surgeon will guide you through the healing process and monitor your progress.
7. Potential risks and complications: Like any surgical procedure, plastic surgery carries some risks. These can include infection, bleeding, scarring, asymmetry, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. It is important to discuss these risks with your surgeon and follow all pre- and post-operative instructions to minimize the chances of complications.
8. Emotional and psychological aspects: Undergoing plastic surgery can have emotional and psychological impacts. It is important to have a clear understanding of your motivations and expectations for the surgery. Some men may also experience a boost in self-confidence and self-esteem following their procedure.
Remember, each person’s plastic surgery journey is unique, and it is important to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon who specializes in the procedures you are interested in. They will guide you through the process, address your concerns, and help you achieve your desired results.

During the planning phase of your surgery, here are some key things to expect:
1. Open and honest communication: It is important to have open and honest communication with your surgeon . Be prepared to explain your reasons for wanting the procedure and your desired outcome. Your surgeon will also discuss the surgical techniques that are most suitable for you and explain the potential risks and costs involved.
2. Health evaluation: Your surgeon will evaluate your overall health and conduct a physical examination to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. They may also take pre-operative photographs for documentation and comparison purposes.
3. Anesthesia and facility: The type of anesthesia to be used and the facility where the surgery will be performed will be discussed during the planning phase. Your surgeon will explain the options available and address any concerns or questions you may have.
4. Risks and complications: Your surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure. It is important to have a clear understanding of these risks and to weigh them against the potential benefits of the surgery.
5. Cost considerations: Cosmetic procedures are typically not covered by medical insurance, so you will need to discuss the costs involved. Your surgeon may offer special financing plans or accept credit cards to help make the procedure more affordable.
6. Realistic expectations: It is important to have realistic expectations about the outcome of your surgery. Your surgeon can offer significant improvement, but it is important to understand that perfection is not always achievable. Your age and overall health may also play a role in the quality of the results.
7. Privacy and comfort: If any part of the consultation or planning process makes you uncomfortable, it is important to communicate this to your surgeon. They should be willing to address your concerns and accommodate any special privacy requests you may have.
Remember, the planning phase is a crucial part of your plastic surgery journey. Take the time to ask questions, express your concerns, and ensure that you have a clear understanding of the procedure and its potential outcomes.

During the recovery period after your surgery, it is important to follow your surgeon ‘s instructions and take care of yourself to ensure a smooth healing process and optimal results. Here are some key points to consider:
1. Rest and recovery: Give yourself enough time to rest and allow your body to heal. Follow your surgeon’s recommendations regarding time off work and avoid strenuous activities, exercise, sports, and sexual activity as advised. Taking it easy during this time will help minimize complications and promote a faster recovery.
2. Pain management: Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to help manage any discomfort you may experience during the recovery period. Take the medications as directed and communicate with your surgeon if you have any concerns or questions about pain management.
3. Follow-up appointments: Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon . These appointments are crucial for monitoring your healing progress, removing any sutures or drains if necessary, and addressing any concerns or questions you may have.
4. Wound care: Proper wound care is essential for preventing infection and promoting healing. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on how to care for your incisions, including cleaning, dressing changes, and any specific post-operative care guidelines.
5. Compression garments: If your surgeon recommends wearing compression garments, make sure to wear them as instructed. These garments help reduce swelling, promote proper healing, and enhance the final results.
6. Avoiding sun exposure: Protect your incisions from sun exposure by wearing protective clothing and using sunscreen. Sun exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation and delayed healing.
7. Healthy lifestyle choices: Maintain a healthy lifestyle during your recovery period. Eat a balanced diet, stay hydrated, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and follow any dietary restrictions provided by your surgeon.
8. Emotional support: It is normal to experience a range of emotions during the recovery period. Seek emotional support from loved ones or consider joining support groups where you can connect with others who have undergone similar procedures. If you experience signs of post-operative depression, such as persistent sadness, loss of interest, or changes in sleep or appetite, reach out to your surgeon or a mental health professional for assistance.
Remember, every individual’s recovery is unique, and it is important to follow your surgeon’s personalized instructions. By taking care of yourself and following these guidelines, you can help ensure a successful recovery and achieve the best possible results from your surgery.

Choosing the right surgeon for your procedure is a critical step in ensuring a safe and successful outcome. Here are some factors to consider when selecting a surgeon :
1. Board certification: Look for a surgeon who is board-certified by a recognized and reputable board, such as the Netherlands or EU Board of Plastic Surgery. Board certification indicates that the surgeon has undergone rigorous training and has met certain standards of knowledge and skill.
2. Experience and specialization: Consider the surgeon’s experience and expertise in the specific procedure you are interested in. Ask about their training, how many similar procedures they have performed, and if they have any specialized training or certifications in the specific area of plastic surgery you are seeking.
3. Before and after photos: Review the surgeon’s before and after photos of previous patients who have undergone similar procedures. This will give you an idea of the surgeon’s skill and the potential results you can expect.
4. Patient testimonials and reviews: Read reviews and testimonials from previous patients to get an understanding of their experiences with the surgeon. Look for consistent positive feedback and any red flags or concerns raised by patients.
5. Communication and rapport: It is important to have good communication and a comfortable rapport with your surgeon. Schedule a consultation to meet the surgeon in person, ask questions, and discuss your goals and expectations. Pay attention to how well they listen to you, address your concerns, and explain the procedure and potential risks.
6. Facility accreditation: Ensure that the surgeon operates in an accredited facility, such as a hospital or an ambulatory surgery center. Accreditation ensures that the facility meets certain safety and quality standards.
7. Safety record and complications rate: Inquire about the surgeon’s safety record and complication rates for the specific procedure you are considering. A reputable surgeon will be transparent about these statistics and will prioritize patient safety.
8. Personal recommendations: Seek recommendations from trusted friends, family members, or healthcare professionals who have had experience with surgeon s. Their personal experiences and insights can provide valuable guidance in your decision-making process.
9. Cost: While cost should not be the primary factor in your decision, it is important to consider the surgeon’s fees and whether they are within your budget. Remember, quality and safety should be prioritized over cost.
10. Trust your instincts: Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose a surgeon with whom you feel comfortable and confident. If something feels off or you have any doubts, it is better to seek another surgeon who aligns better with your needs and preferences.
Take your time to research and evaluate different surgeon s before making a decision. It is important to choose a surgeon who has the necessary qualifications, experience, and a track record of delivering safe and satisfactory results.

Find any articles here.

Related Articles

BCA
BCA

BCA
BCA

BCA
BCA

BCA
BCA

BCA
BCA

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!

Input your e-mail down below to get the latest news and updates regarding Biocare Academy and its courses.

Inquiries? Feel Free to Reach Out