Top 10 Questions About “Man Boobs” (Gynecomastia) That You’re Too Embarrassed to Ask

November 4th, 2011

Jack Nicholson
John Travolta
Tom Cruise
Arnold Schwarzenegger

When you look at this list of celebs, you think of tough, macho guys, right? Well, did you know these guys all appear to have had problems with Gynecomastia or “man boobs”?

For men suffering from Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), hearing these terms can be terribly debilitating. The teasing and embarrassment can become overwhelming. Many boys and men try to hide the condition by avoiding activities that require them to go shirtless and wearing shirts made of thick fabric. But, the fact is, male breast enlargement is actually a very common condition and can be successfully treated.

For those who are afraid to ask these questions, we offer answers to the most commonly asked questions about Gynecomastia.

  1. Do I have to be a certain age to be a candidate for gynecomastia surgery? Dr. Bass will evaluate your case individually because there is no set minimum or maximum age requirement for this procedure. Age is not a factor if the patient is in good health.
  2. Does insurance cover gynecomastia surgery? Unfortunately, insurance rarely covers gynecomastia surgery because it is considered by insurance companies to be a cosmetic procedure, not medically necessary. It is possible for insurance to cover the procedure if it is caused by another medical problem, such as a hormone-secreting tumor or medically-diagnosed syndrome, so it is worth contacting your insurance company depending upon your individual case.
  3. Do I need to lose weight before I can get gynecomastia surgery? You will not be required to lose weight before the procedure. Being overweight will not affect the surgery. Although, if you have pseudogynecomastia (fatty tissue), this will most likely be reduced somewhat if you lose weight loss.
  4. If I get the surgery, will the gynecomastia come back? The surgery removes most of the glandular tissue causing the condition. The glandular component will not return unless the tissue is stimulated by your taking steroids or other drugs. If you take certain drugs, the tissue can become enlarged again.
  5. Can liposuction be done alone? Liposuction is Dr. Bass’ preferred solution for men with gynecomastia. He finds that performing this procedure brings excellent results.
  6. Can I get other procedures, such as liposuction of the abdomen, at the same time? Yes, Dr. Bass commonly performs multiple procedures depending upon the patient’s goals.
  7. Do I need to stay overnight following gynecomastia surgery? Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure, so you will not have to stay overnight in a hospital following the surgery. We do ask that you arrange for a responsible person to pick you up when you’re ready to go home.
  8. Is there a lot of scarring from gynecomastia surgery? The liposuction incision is only about as wide as a little finger, therefore, it is easy to hide and quick to heal.
  9. How long do I need to stay home from work after surgery? If you work at a desk in an office setting, you will probably only need to stay home for 4 – 6 days. If your work involves strenuous activity, you should plan to take off 10 – 14 days.
  10. When can I return to exercising? We recommend that you refrain from exercising for 4 – 6 weeks following gynecomastia surgery for proper recovery. This will help reduce swelling, help skin heal and speed recovery.

If you’re a man suffering from this condition, we will talk with you compassionately about solving this problem, so you can move beyond it and gain more confidence. Please contact us today at (602) 485-1010 about scheduling a confidential consultation.

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