Gynecomastia Treatment Abroad
A fairly common issue for men, gynecomastia is a physiological occurrence that happens during puberty. At this time, many young men experience the enlargement of the breast tissue. Teens who experience gynecomastia usually find that the enlarged breast tissue subsides within a year. However men of different ages also experience the growth, especially when there is weight gain involved.
There are a variety of reasons why gynecomastia occurs. The physiological condition is caused primarily by hormonal imbalance and medications with steroids or estrogens, but heredity, disease and the use of drugs and alcohol also play a part in the breast growth. Pseudogyneacomastia is very common as well, being the enlargement of male breasts due to fat accumulation. This condition is easy to determine based on a physical exam by a physician.
While gyneacomastia is not life-threatening in most circumstances, it does cause emotional discomfort and may have quite an impact on self-esteem and confidence due to a hesitance to engage in physical activities and intimacy because many men feel self-consciousness and despondent.
Common Gynecomastia Treatments
Undergoing a cosmetic procedure for gyneacomastia is also known as reduction mammaplasty, which results in the reduction of excess breast tissue, flattening the chest area and sculpting out counters in the region. In extreme cases of gyneacomastia, where breast tissue has stretched out the areola, procedures are also performed to reshape the position and size of the areola through surgical improvement.
Anesthesia is given to a patient undergoing this procedure to provide comfort during the treatment. Choices include general anesthesia and intravenous sedation. Most often, the cause of gyneacomastia is an excess amount of fatty tissue. This is taken care of through liposuction. Liposuction utilizes a long, thin rod or cannula to literally suck fatty tissue through a few incisions.
Excision techniques are best used for treatment when excess skin needs to be removed. If the areola needs to be reduced or repositioned, this technique is also the most successful in creating a more natural looking appearance. Depending on the needs of the patient and the repositioning of the areola, the surgeon will determine at the time of the procedure where the incisions will be placed.
As with any breast reduction surgery, there is no possible way to treat excess breast tissue without the use of incisions to remedy the issue. Most often the incisions are placed in contour lines for a minimal visibility. However, patients should be aware that some scars may be visible depending on where they are placed.
Who Benefits from Gynecomastia Surgery?
With any cosmetic procedure, there is an enhancement of both a physical appearance as well as an increased amount of self-confidence and self-esteem. Scaring is minimal, and even fades over time, offering men a firm, flat and contoured chest. Recovery time is minimal, so returning to daily activities may be achieved fairly soon after the procedure.
Depending on the location of the surgery, gynecomastia cost around the United States varies. Other costs to consider include anesthesia, hospital and outpatient expenses, surgery and any associated costs and extent to which it was needed and any other fees for medication or surgeon fees.
In the United States, gynecomastia surgeries generally cost anywhere between $2,700 to $5,000, while in India they vary from $700 to $1,000. Check with personal insurance plans to determine if health insurance will pay for any of these costs. Medical travelers seeking gyneacomastia procedures outside the United States will find similar costs in Thailand depending on what type of procedure is being done.
Choosing a Surgeon
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to research on where the treatment is going to take place as well as the surgeon that will oversee the procedure. Be sure to check the facility to ensure that all equipment is up to date and working properly.
Surgeon'e s credentials are important also. Check to see where he or she received their degrees. Whenever possible, check past work the surgeon has done, as well as where they received hands-on training and patient care experience.
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