Gynecomastia, the development of noticeable mammary glands in men, can be embarrassing. Because it’s a medical condition, it may develop regardless of weight. Even thin men can experience unwanted mammary gland growth if they suffer from this condition. Gynecomastia surgery is one option for dealing with this primarily cosmetic problem. Because surgery may be considered cosmetic, it can be expensive.
Gynecomastia surgery often uses liposuction to remove the mammary tissue and surrounding fat. In cases of mild gynecomastia, where this is only a small area to be removed, it can be cut away with a small incision around the areola. This is a safe and surprisingly common procedure, though it has similar risks to traditional liposuction. Once the tissue has been surgically removed and any incision closed, the chest will have lost any similarity to female breasts.
Because it is considered cosmetic by insurance companies, most do not cover gynecomastia surgery unless there is an extenuating medical reason to do so. It may be possible to get the treatment on the NHS however usually this is only reserved for extreme cases. There are additional costs, such as anesthesia and mild pain relief medication afterward, which will most likely also be out-of-pocket. The total costs ranges between £1500 and £3500 depending on where you live and the plastic surgeon you choose. It can be tempting to find the cheapest possible plastic surgeon, but it’s more important to find someone with a strong background with gynecomastia surgery, and excellent references. A good plastic surgeon will answer all questions openly and honestly without pushing for a particular procedure or timeline.
After the surgery, most men report some pain and discomfort, which can be managed with over the counter or prescription medication. It is important to become active as soon as you can, while of course following the doctor’s orders, to maintain good muscle tone throughout the chest area. Many men seeking gynecomastia surgery have already spent hours at the gym trying to shape and tone their chest. Because it’s a medical condition, the gym has not been enough to remove the embarrassing tissue and they need some kind of other intervention.
There are also natural methods that are non-invasive and avoid the cost and risk of surgical methods. While working out alone is not enough to entirely eliminate gynecomastia growth, being in good shape does make the condition more clear and easier to treat. Additionally, some men have what appears to be gynecomastia but is only fat, which actually responds very well to diet and exercise. Some natural supplements are used to treat gynecomastia. This is an especially strong option for men who are uncomfortable with the idea of plastic surgery but still want to take proactive steps towards curing their condition.
Natural methods are an excellent first step before resorting to surgery. With thousands of pounds and potential scarring and deep bruising on the line, surgery should only be used when all else fails. For men who have already exhausted all natural methods and can afford the surgery, it is one way to solve an irritating problem. As long as scarring is kept to a minimum, most men are pleased with the overall results, especially after years of living with gynecomastia.