Plastic Surgery For Gynecomastia
Enlarged or over-developed breast tissue in males is called gynecomastia. It can be hereditary or genetic, or it may be the result of drug side effects, disease, or hormone imbalances. It can cause problems with self-esteem and confidence and may lead to problems with social relationships and isolation. Here are some things to know about breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia.
Your Plastic Surgery Consultation
Before your surgery, you will see your doctor for a preoperative consultation. You will be asked certain questions pertaining to your lifestyle, family history, allergies, and general health. Your surgeon may also ask you why having breast reduction surgery is important to you, what you expect from your surgery, and if you've ever had plastic or cosmetic surgery in the past.
You may also be required to undergo certain diagnostic tests prior to your procedure to determine if you have preexisting conditions that may be causing your gynecomastia and to determine if you are healthy enough to receive general anesthesia.
Your doctor will also examine and measure your breasts and may also take "before" photos. The plastic surgeon will also talk to you about general anesthesia and may have you speak with the anesthesiologist. If you are apprehensive about the side effects of general anesthesia, voice your concerns during your consultation. Rest assured that if you're worried about nausea when you wake up from the anesthesia, you will be given medication to make you feel better fast.
Preparing For Breast Reduction Surgery
Before your surgery day, your doctor may recommend that you stop taking aspirin or prescription blood thinners to prevent prolonged or excessive bleeding during and after your plastic surgery. Before your surgeon tells you to stop taking them, he or she will require that you get medical clearance from the prescribing physician.
You will also be asked to stop taking dietary and herbal supplements before your surgery because some of them may raise your risk for excessive bleeding or interfere with the effects of anesthesia. Also, if you smoke, you may need to quit or cut down. Cigarette smoking impairs circulation, can raise your risk for postoperative infections and may delay healing. If your surgery is taking place in an outpatient setting, you'll need to make arrangments for someone to drive you home after the procedure because you will be unable to drive because of the general anesthesia.
If you have enlarged breasts that are causing self-esteem problems or if you are socially isolated because of your appearance, consider breast reduction plastic surgery. While the results may be permanent, gynecomastia may return if you continue to take medications that are causing breast enlargement or if you have an ongoing endocrine disorder.