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FaQ – Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

The results of gynecomastia surgery are typically long-lasting, especially if the underlying causes are addressed. Maintaining a stable weight and healthy lifestyle can help preserve the results.

While surgery removes existing excess tissue, factors like significant weight gain, hormonal imbalances, or certain medications can potentially lead to a recurrence.

Coverage varies by insurance plan. If gynecomastia surgery is deemed medically necessary, it may be partially or fully covered. It’s important to check with your insurance provider and obtain necessary documentation from your healthcare provider.

Gynecomastia can result from hormonal imbalances, weight gain, certain medications, or underlying health conditions that affect estrogen and testosterone levels. It’s also seen in different age groups, from adolescents to older men.

A healthcare provider usually diagnoses gynecomastia through a physical examination, detailed medical history, and, in some cases, imaging tests like ultrasound or mammography to rule out other conditions.

Lifestyle changes, such as maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding alcohol and certain drugs, and adjusting medications that might contribute to gynecomastia, can help manage the condition, though they may not always resolve it fully.

Gynecomastia can significantly impact self-esteem and mental health, leading to embarrassment, social withdrawal, or depression, emphasizing the importance of addressing both the physical and emotional aspects of the condition.

While exercise and a healthy diet can help manage body weight and reduce fat, they may not entirely resolve gynecomastia, especially if glandular tissue is the primary cause.

Gynecomastia surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation, depending on the extent of the procedure and patient and surgeon preference.

Patients should seek a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in male breast reduction procedures, who can provide before-and-after photos of previous patients and who makes the patient feel comfortable and informed throughout the process.

Maintaining a stable weight, avoiding substances that can affect hormone levels, and leading a healthy lifestyle are crucial for preserving the results of gynecomastia surgery. Regular follow-ups with the surgeon can also help address any concerns promptly.

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