Gynecomastia can be a painful and socially debilitating condition. However, there is limited treatment available for the surgery on the NHS, with only the most serious conditions qualifying for free treatment by the state-run health service.
For most people that means using private healthcare such as that arranged by Private Cosmetic for any work that might be considered cosmetic, even if it is having an impact on mental health conditions.
Reducing the effects of gynecomastia
Before you consider surgery for gynecomastia, it is worth taking a few other steps, that may reduce your problem.
Check with your GP for an assessment of what might be causing your problem There are a number of reasons including puberty (which usually decreases in around three years. Other cases of gynecomastia can be genetic disorders, liver failure, kidney failure, hormone imbalances and tumours. It is extremely important to get checked medically for these complaints, as the gynecomastia is only a symptom of an underlying condition that could be damaging to your health. When the underlying illness is treated, gynecomastia disappears.
If there are no underlying conditions, then talk to your GP about on-going medications that you may be taking. A number of medicines have an effect on male breast growth these can include
- Anti-anxiety medications
Excess breast growth disappears once the responsible medication is discontinued, so it may be possible to switch you to a treatment that doesn’t cause that side effect.
It’s also worth checking with your GP if you have any of the following
- Excessive uses of illicit drugs
- Frequent alcohol use
- marijuana use
- steroid use
All of the above can be contributory factors to gynecomastia either through contributing to lifestyle factors or through direct stimulation of the conditions
Free exercise programmes
If you do not exercise regularly, then it might be worth investing in that Gym membership or time with your personal trainer. Using either your trainer’s recommendations or programmes available from the help desk at your gym you should be able to lose some of the excess weight and tone your chest muscles
What is gynecomastia surgery?
Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction usually takes around 2 hours to complete.
In most cases, surgeons use a small number of techniques during the procedure. Typically, the surgeon makes a small incision around the nipple and performs liposuction, excision, or both.
If liposuction is used, the surgeon vacuums the fat out of the breast to reduce the size. Many surgeons use the modern technique of VASER liposuction. This is seen as the current gold standard. It is a safer alternative to traditional liposuction.
For many people undergoing the technique, the surgeon will also use excision This technique is used if the surgeon needs to remove the glandular tissue or remove excess skin.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and you can return home the same day.
Explore surgical treatments for gynecomastia with Private Cosmetic
Private Cosmetic works alongside some of the best independent gynecomastia surgeons in the country. If you would like more information about what treatment is right for you, then fill in the form below for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your condition.