Is mild gynecomastia surgery easier than severe gynecomastia?

I do have a mild case of gynecomastia and was thinking about having surgery to fix my nipples. If it is not severe, is the surgery a lot easier for a plastic surgeon to perform? Or will I basically be dealing with the same recovery period as something with a severe case?


M, 28, California

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After my doctor confirmed I had severe gynecomastia, he recommended surgery which involved liposuction and surgical removal of breast tissue. The surgery took around 3 hours to complete and was discharged one hour later. After the surgery, the unwanted breast tissue was gone, and there was a significant reduction in the areola. Also, the nipple had a natural contour, and the shape of my chest had a natural masculine outline. Also after surgery, there was a swelling and numbness around the breast area during the first few days. But I could walk and ate a healthy diet to aid recovery and maintain a stable weight. The recovery took ten days, and I had to avoid doing any strenuous work or exercise for 45 days. From my research, I understand that mild gynecomastia surgery is easier for an experienced surgeon and has a brief recovery period than severe gynecomastia.

I am suffering from a mild case of gynecomastia. I was nervous about my upcoming surgery, as I was told by someone that there is a long recovery period. As it turns out, the person who told me this was suffering from a severe case of gynecomastia, much worse than mine. Like almost any surgery, mild cases are much easier for the doctor to perform than severe cases, and they are easier to recover from. I expect to be up and about a day or two after my procedure. My doctor also said that I would be out of the hospital the same day. I am no longer worried about the procedure. It will last about two to three hours. I am sure that the downtime will be minimal and the procedure will be well worth it to get rid of my man boobs.

As a young man I dabbled in some testosterone to try and make my gains better in the gym. This ultimately let to me completely messing up my hormone levels and developing man boobs. The nipple area looked very puffy and after a physical examination it was ultimately diagnosed as severe gynecomastia. Having man boobs really was hurting my life so I opted to have male breast surgery, or gynecomastia surgery, to remove the excess glandular tissue and make my chest look like a mans again. I would imagine that mild gyno is not as big a deal as a severe case.

Over the past couple of years, I have gained some weight. Unfortunately, this weight gain caused me to lose the masculine appearance of my chest. I hated the way this looked so I scheduled an appointment with a local plastic surgeon. I was concerned that treating my gynecomastia might involve surgery.

During my examination, my doctor told me that I didn't have a severe case of gynecomastia. So, treating it would not involve anything surgical. I was told that in most cases of mild gynecomastia, diet and exercise corrects the situation. Some weight loss could help with my male breast reduction. Taking a surgical approach is not recommended due to the amount of the pain and scarring that occurs. If a lifestyle change doesn't fix the problem, then my doctor would suggest a more invasive approach. Severe cases of gynecomastia are not easily corrected through diet and exercise. In some situations, liposuction and the removal of breast tissue are necessary.

As a gynecomastia sufferer, I was hesitant to talk to my plastic surgeon about surgery. I didn't want to spend hours in the operating room undergoing complicated surgery. I also did not want to spend a significant amount of time recovering from the surgery. Luckily, I only had a mild case of gynecomastia, and the gynecomastia treatment surgery took under three hours. It was easier for the surgeon to perform since it was not severe. Recovery time was short as well. I was back to my daily routine within five days. Mild gynecomastia surgery is most definitely easier than severe gynecomastia surgery!

I was up-and-running, back to my usual non-strenuous activities about 2 weeks after having surgery for my minor gynecomastia, but I was not able to resume heavy lifting for about 6 weeks. I was told that the recovery periods for both mild and severe gynecomastia are similar. The biggest difference is cost and degree of post-surgery pain/swelling. My plastic surgery only comprised of liposuction to remove the excess fatty tissue though, and it took about an hour. It was pretty painless too, and so I wouldn't be too concerned.