Gynecomastia in Turkey
About The Gynecomastia Service
Gynecomastia refers to the growth of breast tissue in males, which can occur unilaterally or bilaterally. This condition can have negative social and psychological effects. Although the cause is often idiopathic (unknown), hormonal imbalances, drug use, and chronic liver, thyroid, or kidney diseases can lead to gynecomastia. The condition may involve an increase in mammary gland tissue, adipose tissue, or both. Your doctor will perform examinations and tests to determine the root of the issue and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Liposuction is generally the preferred treatment for gynecomastia that predominantly involves adipose tissue. However, this method may be insufficient for cases with a higher proportion of breast tissue, necessitating surgical excision. For cases with significant excess skin, skin tightening can be achieved through procedures like VASER (ultrasonic) liposuction. If the breast is larger and sagging, surgical removal of excess skin may be required.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically lasts 1-1.5 hours, potentially requiring an overnight hospital stay. Small incisions (0.5 cm) are made near the areas where fat will be extracted. A special fluid is injected under the skin for pain control. After a waiting period, the fat is broken down using energy-based devices and removed through the incisions. Drains are not placed.
A post-operative corset should be worn for one month. Patients can resume eating shortly after surgery and may be discharged a few hours later. The corset should be used for about 3-4 weeks. Some fluid leakage may occur from suture areas on the first day. Patients can shower two days post-surgery and typically return to work after one week. Light exercise can be resumed after three weeks, with heavy exercise permitted after six weeks.
Bruising and swelling may occur in the operated areas, generally resolving within 2-3 weeks. Full recovery is expected between six months and one year, but the timeline may vary depending on any additional procedures.