Is Gynaecomastia Surgery the right choice for me?
Gynaecomastia surgery with Dr Safvat will be planned to your specific needs. Unfortunately, it’s not the right procedure for everyone. It’s always best to speak to a fully qualified plastic surgeon, such as Dr Safvat in Sydney and Bowral, about your needs in order to determine which type of surgery you can benefit from. Your concerns as well as your medical history will also be taken into account by Dr Safvat. You need to be in good physical health prior to surgery and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with gynaecomastia surgery to ensure a good outcome.
What Can I expect over the long term after Gynaecomastia surgery?
It can take several months for the final results of your surgery to be seen. Scars should heal well after 6-12 months and be hard to see.
Swelling takes several months to fully subside after surgery, so you need to be patient before you see the results, even though your breasts will look and feel significantly better right away. Scarring will also only start to fade quite significantly after 6-12 months. The results of gynaecomastia surgery are permanent. However, weight fluctuations, use of certain medications (anabolic steroids) and the natural ageing process can affect your results over time.
Are there any alternatives to Gynaecomastia surgery?
There are a few ways that you might be able to overcome gynaecomastia, including weight loss and ceasing medications such as anabolic steroids. Generally, these options will only provide mild relief, if any. Gynaecomastia surgery with or without Liposuction are often the best options if you want permanent results, and Ethique Plastic Surgery provides both. Dr Safvat will discuss all of your options during consultation in one of our three locations in Bowral, Concord, and Miranda.
What happens during the consultation process?
The consultation process is an opportunity to discuss what you would like to achieve with male breast reduction and find out more about the procedure.
In addition, Dr Safvat will ask more about your medical history and examine your chest to see what can be achieved with the procedure. The best options and technique for your needs will be discussed in detail, whether that involves just removing excess tissue or combining it with liposuction. Dr Safvat will also let you know more about the recovery process and possible complications with your gyno surgery.
How much scarring will there be after male breast reduction?
The size of the scar depends on the size of the excess tissue that needs to be removed. For most people, Dr Safvat makes the incision around the areola which is only around one inch in size. Dr Safvat meticulously positions the scar following natural contours of the body and usually will not be noticeable in the long term.
Some patients with very large breasts will also need the excess skin removed with varying scar on their chest. Some patients will also have liposuction to remove excess chest fat. It is also important to remember that scars take up to 12 months to fade.
What is the recovery like?
After the procedure, patients can experience some discomfort and feel tender over the chest although this is minimised with local anaesthetic that is administered during the procedure. However once the local anaesthetic wears off you may need some pain killers that will be given to you by the anaesthetist. Patients are also put into Surgical garment straight after the surgery to reduce swelling and bruising but some bruising and swelling over the chest is normal. You will need to wear the garment for 4 to 6 weeks. It is advised that you take around 1 week off work for recovery depending on type of work you do Depending on the extent of your procedure, you will need to take a few days off work to rest. Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming and strenuous sports until Dr Safvat advises you.
Can weight gain affect my results?
Gynaecomastia is the removal of almost all of the abnormal breast tissue. This is made of both glandular as well as fat tissue. Weight gain can result in excess fat accumulation around the chest but it will be only fat not glandular. Patients should always live a healthy lifestyle to ensure that their results are not lost.
Where does Dr Safvat perform this procedure?
Dr Safvat does the Gynaecomastia procedure in the Sydney region (Sutherland Shire and Inner West) as well as in the Southern Highlands, NSW. He only operates in fully accredited Private Hospitals, these being Kareena Private Hospital (Caringbah), Strathfield Private Hospital, Southern Highlands Private Hospital (Bowral) and Ramsay Surgical Centre Miranda.
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Dr Safvat is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Every patient is unique and results may vary. Any surgical procedure carries risks which need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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DR ANDRE SAFVAT (MED1155201)
Registered Medical Practitioner, Specialist Plastic Surgeon (specialist registration in Surgery – Plastic surgery).