Is it better to have gynecomastia surgery after weight loss?
For someone who is considering losing 40-50 lbs in the next 6 months, and who suffers from gynecomastia, would it be better for me to wait to have surgery until after weight loss? Or will it actually help me lose weight if I have it before?
Fat reduction (liposuction) or gynecomastia excision are not weight reduction procedures.
For some, motivational procedures will help in the goals of weight loss. For others, weight loss is directly a life style change of diet, exercise and personal will.
If you are the former, then by all means discuss staging your procedures with gynecomastia surgery to spring you to your new weight.
If you are the latter, then discuss your options with your surgeon.
Depending on your gynecomastia (fat/breast ratio) and where you lose / gain weight will help determine whether you will lose your fat in the chest/breast region when you lose your weight. If you have significant breast tissue and / or a hanging breast, then you will need a component of surgery on your chest wall and it would be best performed after weight loss.
I hope this helps. Good luck with your journey!
Dean Kane, MD, FACS
Dean Kane has 2 Gynecomastia reduction before & afters:
If you plan to lose that much weight, then you should certainly do it PRIOR to your surgery. That way, your surgeon can make a better decision about which type of surgical procedure would work best for you.
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Elliot W. Jacobs, MD, FACS
New York City
Elliot Jacobs has 3 Gynecomastia reduction before & afters: