Gynaecomastia (enlarged male breasts)
Some men develop enlarged breasts. It is important to look at the possible causes of this. Hormonal disturbance or the use of anabolic steroids can have a major effect of the development of the male breast. In some cases gynaecomastia is idiopathic and we simply do not know the reason for its occurrence. The condition can be very distressing, both socially and intimately.
Treatment can be with fat removal if the proportion of fat is more than the gland (see information about liposuction / breast enlargement and breast reduction). However, it may be necessary to remove the entire glands or parts of the glands in the reduction procedure.
If the breasts are very large, the same procedure as a female breast reduction would apply. (See Breast reduction).
It is important that a thorough assessment is made with your surgeon at your initial consultation. One must remember that the procedure will leave scars around the nipple or below the chest. The operation can be performed under local anesthesia and sedation as well.
The wound is closed either with sutures that dissolve themselves, or sutures that must be removed after 10 days.
The operation provides in principle the basis for sick leave. Physical training and hard physical labor, one should wait for 2-3 weeks. You get be given a compression garment, which must be worn for 6 weeks day and night.
In the first instance the scars are often red, itchy and hard, but with time they fade and soften. In rare cases, scars whiten and become clearly visible dependent on your own inherent characteristics.
To get optimal results and avoid complications we recommend you to avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking for at least 1 week before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the final result.
Downtime following surgery
Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 2 weeks following the surgery. You can still move and do normal everyday things the day after surgery. The final results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery. There is very rarely disappointment in the patient’s perception of the success of the surgery.
Where to stay:
If you live some distance from the clinic we recommend that you spend one night in or near Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic so that our caring staff are on hand to reassure you should any issue arise that will cause you concern. Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic can highly recommend 2 hotels nearby to our clinic:
Contact us for more information and/or for booking the hotel.
We will require you to come to the clinic for a follow up check. With all surgery this is important as your surgeon needs to see how you are settling.
We do not recommend you fly for 48 hours post surgery. You may feel nauseous and tired in the hours following surgery. It is important to take your painkillers and drink enough fluids.
You may experience dizziness if you get up quickly from a chair or perhaps when you are lying in bed, so be sensible, take it easy and move slowly. This is quite normal following surgery and should pass within a couple of days.
Follow ups will be carried out at the clinic/alternatively through phone or video consultation:
1 day after surgery, after 1-2 weeks, after 3-6 months and finally after 1 year when our guarantee to you is completed.
Bleeding and infection are unusual and if they do occur they may need to be treated with a small operation and/or an antibiotic. If corrections are needed they will be scheduled free of charge within one year after your surgery. Anaesthesia allergy is extremely rare.