Being a candidate for gynecomastia cosmetic procedure (a type of male breast reduction surgery), it is necessary to understand all aspects of it beforehand to go ahead for this surgery with a clear concept and expectations. If you are well informed and understand the procedure you will be in a better position to cope with the recuperation and other phases.
It is the responsibility of your plastic surgeon to make you aware of the entire process, costing, side effects, different phases and other necessary details but you may also create a list of questions that you should ask from your cosmetic surgeon before going under the knife.
Here are some of the most asked questions for you that you must not forget to clear from your surgeon:
Am I a suitable candidate for this surgery?
This should be your most basic and necessary question you should put forth before your surgeon. Ask yourself: does your present physical condition bother you psychologically, socially and physically? If the answer is affirmative, it’s time to consider this surgery. I am sure your surgeon would also like to know your own answer on this.
What causes gynecomastia?
You may get the answer from your surgeon that Gynecomastia is caused by an altered ratio of estrogens to androgens mediated by an increase in estrogen production, a decrease in androgen production, or a combination of these two factors. Estrogen acts as a growth hormone to increase the size of male breast tissue or it is developed due to steroids, drugs, or marijuana and it may also have many other causes. Immediately discontinue these things before surgery to cut down recurrence.
Am I right age to undergo this Surgery?
Your surgeon would probably recommend waiting until the age of 18 years and it is a general recommendation. But in some circumstances, it may also be considered before that. Your surgeon is the right judge to decide if you should opt for it or not in your current age.
How many surgeries of similar nature have your surgeon performed in his career?
Know his career insights by asking this question. Make sure that your surgeon has significant experience, and has good quality pre and post-operative images and references as well, as proof of their career growth.
Is your hospital capable to perform this surgery?
Just cross check with your surgeon if the recommended hospital is licensed and well-equipped to conduct such surgeries. It is necessary to make sure that the hospital can manage any such surgeries and the complication that may occur.
What results to expect?
You must have a clear and comprehensive idea about the expectations that you should keep from this surgery. Do not forget to ask this from your surgeon before surgery, and understand each and every smallest thing involved to keep your expectations viable and practical.
What types of the scar is expected?
On this question, your surgeon would probably help you understand that the scar would ideally of 1 inch in the lower portion of the areola which is mostly not visible. Often tiny scars may remain in the chest or armpit after liposuction. So, get all the detail information about scars from your surgeon prior to surgery.
Should I be on Painkillers to subside the pain?
Ask about the pain reliever that you might have to take. Your surgeon would let you know that although the pain is minimal, just to ensure you are free from the slightest pain he may prescribe light pain medication.
How long should I take off from school or work?
On asking this question you may get an answer that it entirely depends on your nature of the job and the extent of the cosmetic procedure. Generally, it may range from 3 to 10 days as the recuperation time may vary for every individual.
What types of anesthesia do you apply?
You should also get the right answer to this question from your surgeon. Usually, local anesthesia is administered but again it also depends on the type of surgical procedure and the level of patient’s tolerance. Sedation is the preferred general anesthesia where the patient is just asleep. Make sure the anesthesia is administered by an experienced Anesthesiologist.
What preparation should I do for the surgery?
Before the surgery, just do not forget to get the detailed instructions from your surgeon about the preparation that you should consider before the surgery. He may recommend some pre-operative testing, ask you to stop certain medications like aspirin, a blood thinner, Advil etc. He may suggest not to eat or to drink anything eight hours prior to the surgery; reach the clinic in most comfortable clothing; accompany someone with you who can take you back home post surgery.
What nature of dressing would you use?
Your surgeon may help you understand that usually it is an elastic bandage or else it could be a surgical vest. Often gauze dressing is also preferred, depending upon the requirement.
Should I change my own dressing?
Your surgeon may suggest you it depends on the bleeding severity or the discharge. You may be suggested to use surgical tape or sterile gauze at home.
Will this surgery be covered by my health insurance?
Make it clear but most of the time, it is not.
Above listed are some of the most important questions that you must not forget to ask to your surgeon before undergoing the male breast surgery in Ahmedabad.