Gynaecomastia is an abnormal condition characterised by breast enlargement in males. Occasionally, they may also secrete milk. This condition may also be seen in neonates, adolescents and elderly individuals, as a part of physiological changes.
Gynaecomastia can affect one or both breasts. Generally gynaecomastia does not produce any harmful effect on the body but it may induce undue stress and embarrassment that can impact the active sex life of the affected individual.
The non-surgical methods employed for management of gynaecomastia include:
- In case of drug induced gynaecomastia, replacement of the offending drug with an alternative and safer medication
- Medical treatment of the underlying disease conditions causing gynaecomastia
In patients not responding to non-surgical options, surgery is considered as the last option. The surgical methods for management of gynaecomastia include:
- Gland excision
- Skin sculpture
- Reduction mammoplasty
- Combination of the surgical techniques mentioned above
Normally the reduction surgery takes about 90 minutes. After surgery patients are often advised to wear an elastic pressure garment or ace bandage that promotes healing. Patients are also advised on rehabilitation exercises for at least 3 weeks and can return to normal activities in 6 weeks.
CONSIDERING A MUMMY MAKEOVER?
Mummy makeover surgery involves the correction of the unwanted body changes that occur following childbirth. During pregnancy the abdominal wall undergoes significant prolonged stretching. This may result in the presence of unattractive stretch marks, a rectus diastasis or separation of the abdominal muscles and marked loose and flabby abdominal skin that cannot be reduced with exercise and diet.
Additionally, unwanted changes occur in the breasts as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding. This can create a sagging breast, a deflated breast that has lost its youthful volume and produce asymmetry or an uneven appearance of the breasts.
The classic mummy makeover package consists of a combination of breast and abdominal procedures:
- Breast lift or mastopexy, and could also include breast implants if you feel they are needed
- Abdominoplasty or tummy tuck, or possibly liposuction
Mummy makeover surgery is generally longer than most other cosmetic surgeries due to the combination of procedures. However, it is usually still a day surgery procedure, but may need an overnight stay if a full abdominoplasty is performed.
The recovery period is longer for this type of surgery and includes wearing an abdominal binder as part of the post surgery period.
If you would like to explore this type of surgery further please contact us to make a consultation to discuss your individual needs with Dr Scarlett.