Gynecomastia Surgery in Kerala
Gynecomastia/ male breasts is a common problem in Kerala. The number of men seeking man boobs treatment is steadily increasing. The increase in demand for surgery is because of two reasons-
1. More men wish to have normal body shape and image. Fewer young men are prepared to accept gynecomastia and suffer mental agony lifelong
2. The availability of keyhole gynecomastia surgery as day care surgery has made treatment more acceptabe and comfortable.
Dr. Hari Menon is a specialist in cosmetic surgery and has successfully performed more than 2000 cases of male breasts/ man boobs by keyhole method at Ernakulam, Kerala. He is regarded as one of the best gynecomastia surgeons in India. The first dedicated cosmetic surgery centre in Kerala was started by Dr. Hari in 2010 at Lakeshore hospital, Kochi. Since then, this depaertment has become the benchmark for gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Hari is one of the first few surgeons in India to adopt Keyhole gynecomastia surgery in 2010 and this method has gained lot of popularity among all cosmetic surgeons now.
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What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is abnormal enlargement of breast tissue in men causing abnormal bulge and puffy nipples.The chest in such cases looks feminine.Many young men with this man boobs feel ashamed of their chest. Gynecomastia is a common problem, luckily it is easy to treat by keyhole method. The term comes from the Greek words gyne meaning "woman" and mastos meaning "breast."
Most cases of male breasts/ man boobs start in puberty as a result of sex hormone imbalance. Some of the adolescent Gynecomastia resolves without any treatment within two years. In cases where it does not resolve, the persistent breast tissue and fat deposits together cause psychologically disturbing male breasts. Gynecomastia can also occur as a side effect of certain medications, following steroid therapy, hormonal imbalance, and liver disease. Male breasts occurring in obesity as a result of pure fat accumulation is called ?pseudo Gynecomastia?.
What does it consist of?
Most cases of male breasts consist of a combination of breast tissue (glandular tissue) and fat. The proportion of these two elements varies. In body builders and men without much fat, it is mainly glandular tissue (puffy nipples). Some gynecomastias are predominantly fatty in nature, especially in obese men. The male breasts can enlarge as the fat deposition in the body increases and for this reason, male breasts are more common in adults.
When can you have gynecomastia surgery?
Surgery is sought typically by boys in their late teens and men between 20-50 years of age.
Is gynecomastia harmful?
Male breast /Gynecomastia is not physically harmful. The presence of the abnormal enlargement of the breasts is psychologically disturbing for most men. More over it can restrict certain physical activities where you are expected to be bare chest as in swimming or certain religious functions in India. The glandular tissue will not decrease in size with exercises. So if you are concerned about the male breasts, surgery is usually the only solution. Many men have chosen to live with the problem, either do to lack of awareness regarding surgery or being not bothered about the appearance. If you are embarrassed about it, plan on getting rid of the male breasts by safe and effective keyhole surgery.Since the fat and gland can be removed through small cuts, the surgery is now acceptable to most men suffering from man boobs.
Surgery for gynecomastia
Surgical correction of Gynecomastia/ male breast is often called Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery (GRS). There are many methods for effective correction of this problem-
1.Chest liposuction +Minimal access gland excision for complete chest contouring (keyhole male breast reduction)
2.Direct excision using an incision around the areola
3.Liposuction and direct excision combined.
4.Liposuction combined with a breast lift procedure (for skin removal) in cases of large sagging male breasts.
Keyhole surgery for gynecomastia
Gynecomastia can be reduced by minimal access surgery in most cases using special instruments and modified technique of Liposuction. Excess fat on chest is removed by liposuction. Remaining tough gland tissue is then removed through tiny incision under areola. This results in adequate correction of chest shape. The scars are tiny and not easily visible in most cases. This method is better for Indian skin which is prone to have prominent scars. Hospital stay is not neccessary. Drains are not required when minimal access method is used. A custom made compression vest is put on immediately after surgery to reduce swelling and fluid collection.
In some cases of large male breasts with sagging of skin, two stage procedure may be required first removal of the gland and fat by keyhole surgery and few months later a skin tightening surgery. Sagging skin tightens up to a great extent in most people if elastic vest is worn for longer period. 99% of man boobs/ puffy nipples can be treated well by Minimal access surgery in Ernakulam (Cochin), Kerala.
Cost of gynecomastia surgery in Kerala
The cost of gynecomastia surgery in Kerala can vary depending on the grade of gynecomastia. Total cost of treatment by Dr. Hari Menon at best hospital can vary from INR 85,000- 170,000 as a day care procedure (USD 1000-2500).
The surgery is performed as a day care procedure and you will be able to go back on the same day. A custom made corset will be put on immediately after surgery and should be continued for 6-12 weeks. Minor discomfort and soreness can be expected in the initial few days. Swelling in the operated area will be greatest in 48-72 hours and then will keep on reducing till 3-4 weeks after the surgery.
Numbness/ altered sensation on the chest can occur during the healing phase. You may resume light physical activities within 24 hours. Gym and other heavy workout should be withheld for at least a month after surgery.
Does gynecomastia re occur?
The glandular tissue of male breasts does not form again and thus the surgery provides permanent removal of the breast tissue. However, if you put on a lot of weight, fat cells on the chest can enlarge and can cause fullness of the chest again (pseudo Gynecomastia)
How to plan Gynecomastia/ Chest liposuction in Kerala during vacation
Man boobs surgery and male chest fat reduction are common procedures. Most often this procedure is opted for by young men. With proper planning, this can be done during short vacation.
How to plan your keyhole male breast surgery-
Initial planning can be done through emails (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you send photos of chest in front and side views along with brief medical history, the grade of gynecomastia and approximate cost can be known. The date for first consultation and surgery can also be booked online or by phone.
Pre surgery preparation-
Gynecomastia surgery can be scheduled 3-4 days after the first consultation. Pre op preparations include blood tests, anesthesia evaluation and getting measured for custom made elastic vest. Heavy smokers should stop smoking 2 weeks before surgery.
On day of surgery-
Minimal access gynecomastia surgery is a day care procedure. You can return home/ to hotel in the evening. Pain medications will be prescribed. Normal diet, driving and routine activities can be resumed from next morning. You may proceed to a resort or some sight seeing after 24 hours.
Post op visit-
First post op visit is 3-4 days after surgery. Further frequent check ups are not normally needed. Second assessment is done one month after surgery if you are in Ernakulam then. Otherwise you may keep in touch with Dr. Hari by phone or e mail.