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Gynecomastia All FAQ

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expand iconCan marijuana cause gynecomastia?

Yes. According to a research paper that was published in 2010, “Drug-induced gynecomastia in children and adolescents”, adolescents who are into anabolic steroids, or who abuse alcohol, marijuana, heroin, or amphetamines, are prone to developing gynecomastia. The possible explanation for the same is that smoking marijuana can stimulate estrogen production in the male body while suppressing testosterone production. Therefore, the male breasts enlarge.

expand iconWhat diet a patient should follow after gynecomastia surgery?

The diet for a patient after gynecomastia surgery includes a combination of vitamins and supplements along with foods that increase testosterone levels. Some of the supplements that surgeons recommend taking include zinc, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Bromelain. Foods that promote testosterone production include cereal, caviar, mushrooms, trout, eggs, pork, dairy products, mushrooms, etc. are suggested to take. Also, keep in mind to avoid food items that encourage estrogen production and promote obesity.

expand iconDoes gynecomastia surgery work?

Yes. The researchers of “The Satisfaction Rate among Patients and Surgeons after Periareolar Surgical Approach to Gynecomastia along with Liposuction” concluded that most of the patients who underwent gynecomastia surgery were satisfied with the results of the procedure. The results of the procedure are instantaneous and with time, the scars of the surgery also fade away.

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expand iconIs it possible to undergo gynecomastia surgert at age 16?

Yes. Although ideally, the patient should be 18 years of age to undergo gynecomastia surgery. Developing gynecomastia during puberty is a common condition affecting several adolescents and teenagers. Usually, once the change in the hormonal levels stabilizes, the enlargement of breasts also reduces. However, if the enlargement continues even after puberty, the adolescent should consider surgery.

expand iconCan exercise reduce gynecomastia?

No. Gynecomastia is the condition of the enlargement of breast tissues in males. As there is actual growth of tissue in the breasts, exercising regularly won’t be prove to quite useful. In order to remove the excess tissue growth, the patient has to undergo surgery. After the surgery, the patient can try some cardio exercises and chest-targeted exercises that can help in burning fat as well as shape up the chest.

expand iconIs gynecomastia surgery covered under medical insurance?

No. Most of the health insurance companies in India do not provide coverage for the cost of male breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery. However, there are several financing options that are provided by the hospital or financing agencies such as zero-cost EMI facilities that can prove to be beneficial and cost-effective for the patient.

expand iconCan gynecomastia be cured without surgery?

No. Gynecomastia is the condition of excess tissue growth in the chest that results in the enlargement of male breasts. Removing this excess tissue without undergoing any surgery is next to impossible. Although there are several topical creams, pills, etc. that the patient can use but none of them can help in subsiding the tissue growth.

expand iconWhat is the other name of gynecomastia surgery?

The other name of gynecomastia surgery is male breast reduction surgery. The surgical correction of male enlarged breasts is known as gynecomastia or male breast reduction surgery.

expand iconWhat happens after 6 months of gynecomastia surgery?

The end of six months marks the completion of the recovery of gynecomastia surgery. There should not be any soreness nor any swelling by this period. The scars also fade away by this time. The chest is also toned as the patient can start working out after 6 weeks of the surgery. Within 6 months, the patient can see that their swelling has subsided completely and the chest has become toned and uniform.

expand iconIs gynecomastia surgery painful?

No. Gynecomastia surgery is generally not painful in nature as the whole procedure is performed under the influence of anesthesia. The patient is unable to feel any pain during the entire procedure. However, once the anesthesia effects wear off, the skin around the wounds starts to become sore. During the initial 2-5 days of the recovery period, there can be mild pain and swelling that can be treated with pain medication.

expand iconHow to prepare for gynecomastia surgery?

Preparation is an important part of any treatment. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommend the preparatory steps to take before the surgery include- ||Complete all the diagnostic tests including blood and urine tests, stop smoking and consuming alcohol at least a week before the surgery, avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements that can increase the risk of bleeding.

expand iconHow is gynecomastia surgery performed?

Gynecomastia surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. First, the anesthesia is administered which numbs the area to be treated. Then the surgeon makes incisions through which they insert ultrasound probes. These probes emit ultrasound waves that break the fatty tissue into a liquid form. The liquified fat is taken out from the body via a cannula. After this, the incisions are closed with sutures or surgical glue.

expand iconWhat is the duration of gynecomastia surgery?

Generally, the entire gynecomastia surgery is completed within a period of 45-60 mins. The actual duration for the procedure can vary depending on the time taken for the anesthesia to take effect, amount of tissue removed, type of technology used, admission time taken, etc. and other factors.

expand iconHow long should I wait after gynecomastia surgery to workout?

The patient should wait for at least two weeks of the surgery before starting to workout. Meanwhile, any strenous exercises or activities that can affect the wounds should be avoided completely by the patient. The patient can resume cardio exercises after 15 days. After taking the doctor’s approval, the patient can start reshaping their chest with target- exercises after four weeks.

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expand iconCan you get gynecomastia again after surgery?

Yes. Although the results of gynecomastia surgery are long-lasting, if the patient falls back to following unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, consuming estrogen-stimulating foods, etc. then the breasts can enlarge again resulting in gynecomastia. All these practices can hamper the hormonal levels in the male body and result in swelling of breasts.

expand iconWhat are the side effects of gynecomastia surgery?
expand iconIs gynecomastia surgery safe?

Yes. Gynecomastia surgery is a completely safe procedure to undergo. In the majority of the cases, people are able to recover without any complications and even resume their daily activities within 2-3 days. Although the chances of any complications are minimal, some common side effects can be swelling, discomfort and mild pain. Fortunately, these are absolutely treatable with medicines and home remedies.

expand iconCan gynecomastia cause cancer?

No. Gynecomastia and breast cancer are completely two different conditions. A patient suffering from gynecomastia is not at the risk of developing breast cancer. The main distinguishing factor between gynecomastia and breast cancer is that people can feel a firm lump under their breasts if they have developed the latter. However, it is certain that suffering from gynecomastia is not a risk factor for breast cancer.

expand iconCan gynecomastia cause infertility?
expand iconDo gynecomastia surgery leave behind scars?

No. With the advanced techniques available in India that surgeons rely on to complete the procedure, there is minimum scarring after gynecomastia surgery. There can be some small scarring around the nipples, that fade away over time. The scars blend with the skin color over time. The surgeons also provide proper instructions to take care of the wound so that there is no visible scars once the recovery is complete.

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