What are the causes of gynaecomastia?
The most common cause of gynaecomastia is idiopathic (meaning that there is no obvious disease which causes this). It can also result from hormonal changes or from the intake of certain medicines.
Why do men seek treatment for gynaecomastia?
Men with gynaecomastia are very embarrassed by their appearance. They do not like to take their t-shirts off in company or to go swimming. This affects their social and family life as they are unable to participate in family activities with their children due to their embarrassment.
How is gynaecomastia treated?
Gynaecomastia can be dealt with by a procedure which involves a combination of liposuction of the fat accumulated in the breast and excision of the breast disc if required. This procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and usually involves a stay of one night in hospital. In the event that liposuction alone is required it may be possible to have this procedure carried out as a day case.
Following surgery there is some discomfort which is more than adequately treated by painkillers. There is bruising and swelling in the breast. There may not be a significant change in the size of the breast following surgery in the first few weeks as the fat that is removed is replaced by fluids . In approximately six weeks this fluid will be absorbed and a reduction in size is then visible.