Gynecomastia Surgery

Do you have enlarged breasts that make you self-conscious? You are not alone. This is a common problem in males. Fortunately, you can get rid of this problem easily!

What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia is the condition of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts seen in males. This can occur at any age. It can be a result of obesity, genetics, hormonal changes, or the use of certain drugs.*1 Even if it is not a health issue, this condition can cause significant psychological distress in men.

Gynecomastia surgery is a highly successful surgical procedure developed to reduce the breast size and to restore firmer, masculine chest contours. During a gynecomastia surgery, excess fat and glandular tissue is removed. In extreme cases, removing excess skin, repositioning and resizing the areola may also be necessary.

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Problems & Solutions

There are variations of gynecomastia surgery. Here, you can find common complaints and answers for them.

The cause of my gynecomastia is fat. I don’t have sagging skin.

If the enlargement is primarily caused by excess fat and there is no stretched skin, liposuction...

The tests show that the cause of my gynecomastia is glandular tissue.

If the enlargement is primarily caused by glandular tissue, liposuction alone is not sufficient. You need to have a...

I have sagging breasts, enlarged areolas, nipples looking downwards.

In that case, the tissue excision method is required. During a gynecomastia surgery with tissue...

I have fat pockets in the abdomen, gynecomastia, and love handles.

Gynecomastia surgery is often combined with liposuction of love handles and abdomen. It is safe to...

I am overweight, but my breasts are too large compared to my abdomen.

If you are not significantly overweight, you may be eligible to have a gynecomastia surgery. In this case...

Testimonials

Experience speaks for itself! Hear out what our patients have said:

I tried to accept the fact that I was a man with big breasts. But it didn’t work. I knew this wasn’t a health issue. Bu what about my mental health? I stopped going to the beach. I’ve spent more and more time at home. The day I had the surgery was the happiest day of my love.
Robert Candler Gynecomastia Surgery
I know getting treatment for gynecomastia is not something to be ashamed of. Yet, it was a sensitive issue for me.So I’m glad not only my surgery provided perfect results but also I chose the best surgeon and the best clinic for it. They really know how to communicate with you.
Jamie Redford Gynecomastia Surgery

Why Clineca?

At Clineca, we take everything seriously. We understand how important the results are for you. We care about your health and comfort as much as you do. From beginning to end, we inform you, guide you, serve you, and help you.

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Fully Equipped Hospitals

Surgeries are performed in prestigious fully equipped hospitals in which doctors from all specialties are present.

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Free Consultation

We provide free online consultation with highly experienced surgeons through video chat.

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Ensured Performance

We cooperate with the surgeons who perform a limited number of surgeries each week to ensure the best results.

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7/24 Support

You can contact our agents 7 days 24 hours for your questions or support.

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5-Star Hotels

We provide you with special discounts in luxurious hotels in the vicinity of the hospital. Your comfort is very important to us.

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VIP Transportation

We provide, via VIP vehicles, airport transfer and transportation between your hotel and the hospital before and after the surgery.

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Wellbeing Assistance

As Clineca, we will provide you with patient accompaniment, who will visit you every day in your hotel room during resting period to examine you and provide medical assistance if needed.

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No Hidden Costs

The price includes fees of the surgeon and the anesthesiologist, operating room expenses, anesthesia, hospitalization, standard tests, medications and medical visits by a nurse.

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All-Inclusive

The price includes hotel accommodation (including breakfast), airport transfer, transportation between hotel and hospital before and after the surgery.

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Optional Services & Products

Interpreter service, BBL pillow, neck pillow (rhinoplasty), eye mask (rhinoplasty), voltage converter, and others that will enhance your comfort and satisfaction.

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Why Turkey?

Turkey is a leading player in medical tourism, and Istanbul, which is an extremely beautiful touristic city, is the plastic surgery capital of Turkey.

Step by Step Experience for International Patients

Clineca has a holistic approach. We believe that everything should be right for a satisfactory cosmetic surgery experience, including your days in İstanbul. That is why we plan every detail of your journey.

Knowing Each Other

Shortly after you fill the form, one of our agents will contact you. They will listen to you, ask you questions, and answer yours. They will inform you about the whole experience, in detail. If you want to go further, they will arrange an online consultation for you.

Online Consultation

You will have an online consultation with your surgeon through video chat. They will perform an online examination, listen to you about your wishes, and will provide you with in-depth information. They will help you to choose what the best approach to your case is.

Planning

We'll plan your whole journey, including the date of your surgery and where you'll stay at while you’re in Istanbul. We'll inform you about everything you need to know from what to have in your suitcase to what to do before your procedure.

Landing

Our VIP transportation vehicle will be ready at the airport before you land. The driver will be waiting for you. We'll drive you to the hospital. At the hospital, we will perform required blood tests and the COVID test. Then, we will take you to your hotel.

Examination & Surgery

The next morning, we will take you from your hotel to the hospital. Your surgeon will examine and inform you about the procedure. On the same day, you will have the surgery. You will stay at the hospital 1-2 day(s), depending on the procedure.

Resting & Recovering

After your stay at the hospital, we will drive you to your hotel. You will rest and recover at your hotel room during the following week. A wellbeing assistant will visit you every day to inform you, to examine, and to provide medical care.

Entertainment

We will gladly and proudly show you around our beautiful city. We will be more than happy to provide you with professional guidance in historical sightseeing. You can also learn from us where you can find anything from shopping to entertainment.

Follow-Up & Leaving

We will take you for your 1-week follow-up with your surgeon. They will examine you, remove your bandages if required, and inform you about what you should/shouldn’t do during your recovery period, in detail. Afterwards, we will drive you to the airport.

Recovery Period

During your recovery, we will be in touch. We will inform you, check on you, and answer your questions. You can reach us 7 days 24 hours. We will expect you to send photos periodically to follow your recovery period.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Gynecomastia Surgery?

If you are healthy, have problems that can be solved by a gynecomastia surgery, and have realistic expectations then you are a candidate! Like for all cosmetic surgeries, the first requirement to be eligible for a thigh lift surgery is being healthy. If you are healthy, you don’t have any condition that may impair healing after the surgery, you’re not significantly overweight, and your breast development is completed, then there is no obstacle for your surgery. The second requirement is that you have realistic expectations. You should understand the procedure and its expected results.

A gynecomastia surgery may be an ideal treatment for you:

  • If you have overdeveloped or enlarged breasts.
  • If you are bothered by the appearance of your breasts.
  • If your condition cannot be corrected through medical treatments.

A Gynecomastia Surgery can be life changing because it improves your life physically and emotionally. Notably, patients who have had a Gynecomastia Surgery are amongst the happiest plastic surgery patients. They have been relieved of their burden and they also have improved their appearance.

What are the Expected Outcomes of Gynecomastia Surgery?

The outcomes of gynecomastia surgery can be analyzed in two main categories: aesthetical and psychological.

Aesthetical Outcomes

The enlargement of the breasts may be due to excess glandular tissue and/or excess localized fat. In some cases, excess breast skin is observed. In severe cases, breasts may sag and the areola (the dark area around the nipples) can be stretched. Regardless of the reason, gynecomastia changes the way chest looks. Gynecomastia surgery is a highly effective treatment for this problem. During the surgery, excess glandular tissue and/or excess localized fat are removed. If necessary, excess skin is excised, the areola is repositioned and resized. The firmer, flatter and more masculine chest contours are restored.

Psychological Outcomes

Gynecomastia obscures the masculine features of the chest. Consequently, it may cause a severe psychological stress in patients. Patients can become highly self-conscious and their self-confidence can be damaged. They may avoid activities which may require them to show their chests. They may have difficulty while choosing what to wear. Therefore, after procedure, strong psychological benefits are expected. You will start to love your body more. Your self-confidence will be boosted.

How is a Gynecomastia Surgery Done?

Gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to restore masculine contours by changing the appearance of male breasts.

Anesthesia

Like all kinds of surgery, thigh lift surgery requires anesthesia. Your surgeon will decide whether general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is more suitable for your case.

Surgery

There are 2 techniques of gynecomastia surgery: Liposuction technique and the tissue excision technique. Sometimes these two techniques can be combined to achieve better results.

Techniques

Liposuction Technique

Liposuction technique is preferred when most of the excess tissue is fat and there is no sagging stretched skin.*2 During the surgery, your surgeon will make very small incisions to remove excess tissue. Depending on the needs of the patient, there may be one or several small incisions for each breast. Incisions may be placed within the armpit, around the areola, or withing the natural crease below the breasts.*3 Then, he will remove the excess fat and glandular tissue through these incisions and sculpt the contours of your breasts to achieve a natural masculine appearance.

Excision Technique

Excision technique is preferred when a larger amount of glandular tissue is present, removal of excess skin is required, the areola is planned to be reduced, or the nipple is planned to be repositioned. In this approach, excess fat tissue, glandular tissue, and stretched skin tissue are excised. The place and the length of the incisions depend on the case. They are typically made around the areola or within the natural creases of the chest. Your surgeon will place the incisions so that the scars will be inconspicuous as much as possible.

Risks and Complications*4

Gynecomastia surgery is one of the most satisfactory cosmetic surgeries. The duration of both surgery and hospitalization as well as the low surgical and medical complications make it very attractive for male patients that have gynecomastia which they can’t get rid of.

    Although very low, there are possible complications:

  • Infection
  • Wound dehiscence
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • Bleeding

    Risk Factors:

  • Gastrointestinal diseases
  • Cardiac diseases
  • Age

    Surgeon Related Factors:

  • Incision
  • Operational procedure
  • Post-operative care

What To Expect During A Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery?

The First Week

After the surgery, there will be stitches on your incisions. There will be dressings on your incisions and you may need to wear compression garment for a while. Right after the surgery, you may experience some soreness for a few days, but it is usually minimal. Your surgeon will prescribe you medication to control the pain. You may experience some temporary swelling. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain excess fluid and blood. If you had the liposuction procedure, you may return to work or school in several days. If your surgery included tissue excision, it may take 1 week to feel ready to return to work or school.

Later

The results of gynecomastia surgery are immediately apparent. However, over time, swelling will subside, the incision scars will be fade, and your chest will look better. 2 weeks after surgery, you may gradually return to exercise. After 3 weeks, you may be ready to return vigorous exercise. There is a chance that you may experience a temporary loss of skin sensation in the treated areas. In almost all cases, sensation gradually returns over the following months.

Guidance & Support

A wellbeing assistant will visit you in your hotel room every day during the first week after the surgery. We will expect you to be in our clinic for your post-op examination 1 week after the surgery, before you leave Istanbul. We will still follow your recovery process while you are away. Clineca will provide you with complete support and inform you about everything you need to know during your recovery. We will be with you from your consultation to the very end of your recovery.

Quote from the Doctor

“Gynecomastia may not be dangerous for the body, but it may harm men psychologically. What we do is restore the natural masculine appearance of the chest through careful sculpting.”

What to Do Before the Gynecomastia Surgery?

During your online consultation, your surgeon will ask you questions about your medical history. They will also conduct a physical examination. Your surgeon will inform you about everything you need to know before the surgery. Clineca will provide you with complete guidance and support before your surgery. You will have a complete and detailed list of instructions.

Instructions

Most important instructions include,

  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery.
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen and aspirin) for 2 weeks before the procedure.
  • Avoid herbal remedies and supplements
  • Take only the medications approved by your surgeon.

What to Do After Gynecomastia Surgery?

What you need to do after the surgery will be explained to you in detail by your surgeon and Clineca will provide you with all the support and guidance you need. Most important instructions include:

  • Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.
  • Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications after the surgery until your surgeon approves using them.
  • Care for the surgical sites and drains.
  • Take or apply the medications prescribed for you.
  • Avoid strenuous activities and exercises for 3 weeks.
  • If you experience chest pains, unusual heartbeats, or shortness of breath, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Wear your compression garment if you are given one.
  • To maintain the results, maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Quote from the Doctor

“Gynecomastia surgery is a minimally invasive surgery with a short and easy recovery period.”

FAQ

We know you have many questions. Having realistic expectations and deciding to have a cosmetic surgery requires information. Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about Gynecomastia Surgery.

Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by overdeveloped or enlarged breasts. Gynecomastia can cause significant psychological distress in men.
Gynecomastia surgery is a surgery performed to reduce the breast size in men and restoring the masculine chest contours.
Gynecomastia may be a result of obesity, genetics, hormonal changes, and the use of certain drugs.
Exercise can reduce the fat tissue in the breasts. However, it cannot reduce the glandular tissue. Exercise also cannot correct the sagging stretched skin.
If you are healthy, you don’t have any condition that may impair healing after the surgery, you’re not significantly overweight, your breast development is completed, and you have enlarged breasts, then you are a good candidate!
There are 2 techniques to correct gynecomastia: liposuction technique and the tissue excision technique. Sometimes 2 techniques are combined.
The duration of the surgery depends on the case and the procedure performed. However, it takes around 1-2 hours.
All surgical procedures come with risks. However, if it is performed by an experienced and talented surgeon, the risk of having a serious problem is very small.
After the surgery, you may experience soreness and swelling. You may also experience temporary changes in skin sensation in the treated areas.
The soreness will subside after just a few days. A few days to 1 week after the surgery, you may return to work or school. After 3 weeks, you may resume vigorous exercise.
The results of a gynecomastia surgery are long-term. However, factors like weight gain, hormone fluctuations, steroid use and the use of certain drugs may cause a recurrence.
The primary symptom is the enlarged breasts in men. In addition, breast tenderness, pain, skin irritation, and infection may happen. In rare cases, nipple discharge may occur.
The type of anesthesia used depends on the specific case of the patient. Either general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation is used.
If most of the excess tissue is fat and there is no skin sagging, liposuction technique is an effective treatment. Otherwise, tissue excision is required.
During the surgery, you won’t feel any pain. After the surgery, for a few days, you may experience minimal pain, but it can be controlled with pain medication.
In every surgery, some scar is left. Your surgeon will place the incisions so that they won’t be easily realized. The scars will also fade in time.
Instantly! Right after the procedure, you will see that your chest’s masculine contours are restored. However, there may be some swelling. After 3-6 months, you will see the final results of your surgery.
Yes. This is safe and common. The popular surgeries combined with gynecomastia surgery are liposuction of the stomach and/or love handles to achieve more extensive masculine contours, otoplasty, and rhinoplasty.
Yes, they can, unless they are significantly overweight. In that case, the aim is to make the chest proportional with the abdomen.
If your problem was glandular tissue, then weight gain will not cause a recurrence. If your problem was excess fat, then gaining weight can increase the size of the breasts. However, the enlargement would be less because the removed fat cells cannot return.

Problems & Solutions

There are variations of gynecomastia surgery. Here, you can find common complaints and answers for them.

If the enlargement is primarily caused by excess fat and there is no stretched skin, liposuction technique is preferred. In this approach, very small incisions are made. Through these incisions, fat and glandular tissue is removed. This is a less invasive approach then the tissue excision technique.
If the enlargement is primarily caused by glandular tissue, liposuction alone is not sufficient. You need to have a surgery with the tissue excision method. In this method, glandular tissue, fat tissue and stretched skin tissue is excised. In some cases, tissue excision technique and liposuction are used in combination to achieve better results.
In that case, the tissue excision method is required. During a gynecomastia surgery with tissue excision method, the stretched skin is removed along with excess fat and glandular tissue. The areola can be reduced, and the nipples can be repositioned to achieve a natural masculine appearance.
Gynecomastia surgery is often combined with liposuction of love handles and abdomen. It is safe to have these procedures in a single surgery. In a combined approach, your body may be carefully sculpted to achieve balanced masculine contours.
If you are not significantly overweight, you may be eligible to have a gynecomastia surgery. In this case, the approach is to remove enough excess tissue to achieve a proportional appearance.
References

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2. Teimourian, B., & Perlman, R. (1983). Surgery for gynecomastia. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 7(3), 155–157. https://doi.org/10.1007/bf01571338

3. Singamsetty, R., Rout, S. K., Giri, S. K., Panda, R., Behera, K. K., & Sable, M. N. (2021). Aesthetic Outcome of Gynecomastia Management with Conventional Liposuction and Cross-Chest Liposuction: A Prospective Comparative Study. Aesthetic plastic surgery, 1–8. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-021-02611-x

4. Zavlin, D., Jubbal, K. T., Friedman, J. D., & Echo, A. (2017). Complications and Outcomes After Gynecomastia Surgery: Analysis of 204 Pediatric and 1583 Adult Cases from a National Multi-center Database. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 41(4), 761–767. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00266-017-0833-z