Teenagers with gynecomastia
Gynecomastia often start during the time of puberty. This is most-likely related to hormonal imbalance. Regardless of the mechanism, gynecomastia can cause low self-esteem in many teenagers. This has a lasting effect into adulthood. Dr. Vasisht tries to assess all of the patient’s issues before embarking on surgery. This is a difficult decision for most parents and Dr. V will guide you in making the best decision for your child. Dr. V has done surgery on some teenagers with gynecomastia and he can offer that experience to parents dealing with this issue.
What are the complications of gynecomastia surgery?
As is true for most surgical procedures, infection and bleeding can occur post surgery. There may be bruising, swelling, numbness around the areola. Some amount of scarring can be expected, but this typically heals without a noticable scar. Precautions are taken before the surgery to prevent these complications. In general, complications are extremely rare and careful pre-operative assessment is the key to prevention. Dr. V will guide you through this process.
Recovery process and downtime
Immediately after the surgery, the patient is dressed in an Ace wrap. This ensures a tight compression of the chest area. After the surgery, patients are usually required to wear a tight fitting garment under their clothing. This will help re-drape and restore the contour of the chest wall. Sutures are removed in about 7 days. Dr. V may decide to use drains, which are left in the wound in the post operative period. These drains are used only in certain cases. They are removed in about 3-5 days right in the office.
Working patients can go back to work after the drains are removed. Typically patients need about one week of recovery time from gynecomastia surgery.