Is It Worth Getting Gynecomastia Surgery? One Patient Answers ‘Yes’!

Gynecomastia Surgery Review

Excess breast tissue is uncomfortable. Especially if you’re a man that spends hours in the gym and eats right, but you just can’t see the results of that effort when you take off your shirt. 

Unfortunately, we can’t out-lift or out-diet gynecomastia because it isn’t a build-up of fatty tissue — it’s glandular tissue. And, sometimes, we’re no match for biology. 

With that said, there is a simple surgical solution out there that has helped countless men feel better about their bodies, and you’ve likely heard of it through your own research. It’s called gynecomastia surgery, it is designed to get rid of that extra tissue with very minimal downtime and virtually next-to-no scarring. 

The following excerpt is a one-on-one interview we conducted with Thomas, a recent Columbus, Ohio gynecomastia surgery patient.  Hear what he had to say about his experience at Donaldson Plastic Surgery before making your next move forward:

Identifying gynecomastia in a male patient

When Did Your Search For Answers Begin?

Thomas: “The first thing I noticed was when I was driving. I started having sensitivity in my nipples, which was weird. Then it increased from there. 

I didn’t really have any problems during my teen years. I’ve been going to the gym ever since I was in high school. It’s not like I was ever overweight or that I gained weight and saw more breast tissue. It came out of nowhere. You hear a lot of people say that they develop gynecomastia around puberty – when their hormones change. But mine was right when I turned 28.

I noticed the extra tissue around the breasts out of nowhere. It was just a real fatty tissue. I really didn’t like the way shirts were feeling. It was uncomfortable for me. I never had a body image problem until this. I was afraid to take my shirt off in public and go to the pool.

I started researching what it was and what it could have been caused by. Then I started looking at options to correct it.”

The Next Step: Estrogen Blockers vs. Gynecomastia Surgery

Thomas: “I went to an endocrinologist to get my hormones checked out. We thought it was a hormone imbalance, so they put me on anti-estrogen. I was basically on the lower end of average for testosterone but my estrogen was on the higher end of average. I was within the normal ranges but on the opposite ends of where you’d want to be.

[After taking the estrogen blockers,]I noticed some performance benefits in the gym but it didn’t have any effect on the tissue itself. It helped my testosterone, but it didn’t help the gynecomastia symptoms at all.

After that, surgery was the only real option.”

Gynecomastia surgeon in the operating room

Why Thomas Chose Dr. Donaldson

Thomas: “Dr. Donaldson was one of the highest-rated gynecomastia surgeons in the local area and we began from there. This was a serious surgery so I was trying to find the best result.” 

Do You Enjoy Your Gynecomastia Surgery Results?

Thomas: “It has definitely been a big improvement. I don’t wear tight shirts, but I like fitted shirts. How tight it was on my chest was so uncomfortable. I was always wearing hoodies and baggy clothes. After the surgery, I could wear my normal clothes again. The process was really easy and smooth. The follow-ups have all been good. And the results, I really liked.”

What Was Gynecomastia Recovery Like?

Thomas: “The recovery was the hardest part because of the drains that were in there for a week or two – that was hard, but it was necessary for good results. That was actually the first time I even had anesthesia or had gone under for surgery. It was a shock but I don’t think there was anything I would have done differently or changed.”

Did You Ever Find Out The Direct Cause?

Thomas: “It could have been trauma. I ride motorcycles, which could have an effect. There are just too many factors to know what exactly caused it.”

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Are You Looking For More Information About Gynecomastia Surgery?

Our experts are on standby to answer your questions or to schedule your first appointment so you can get it out of the way now — and for good. Dr. Donaldson is a renowned plastic surgeon with exceptional experience removing breast tissue and overall male breast reduction. He performs these procedures on a weekly basis and would like to help you out. 

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Why You Should Plan Your Surgery Around Recovery – & Why Now Is The Best Time To Start 

Plastic Surgery Recovery Timelines

Plastic surgery is a journey that takes planning, so starting sooner rather than later is a great way to ensure your experience goes smoothly. By embarking now, you can get a head start learning more about your options when it comes to timing, financing, and recovery!

General Recovery Timelines

Specific surgeries will have slight differences in terms of exact recovery time expectations, but all surgeries have periods that are specific to downtime along with their own activity restrictions. Every recovery timeline will also be dependent on you. You may naturally be quicker or slower to heal than others. Our Patient Care Team is trained to understand and assist you no matter your recovery timeline!

Breast Surgery – 3-5 Days of Downtime

At about one week, you will feel almost back to normal, but you must continue to adhere by activity restrictions set by your medical team.

Plastic Surgery Experts During An Operation

Abdominal Surgery – 7-10 Days of Downtime

Similar to breast surgeries, the remainder of the month is spent getting back to feeling normal with established activity restrictions.

Facial Surgery – A Few Days of Downtime

Downtime is coupled with activity restrictions that are specific to the kind of facial surgery. The main consideration is that facial surgeries often come with swelling and bruising for the first week or two. During this time, you may want to stay at home regardless of feeling better.

Arm or Leg Surgery – About One Week of Downtime

Oftentimes, arm and leg surgeries will have more activity restrictions than other kinds of surgeries.

*Note: For the purpose of this article, “downtime” is time designated specifically for resting. This is the time when you would be taking prescribed pain medication. “Activity restrictions” refers to the time spent after downtime. This is when you would feel more able to complete everyday activities.


Asking Plastic Surgery Questions

Should I stay in a recovery center?

Our board-certified plastic surgeons recommend you heal in the comfort of your own home after surgery. Occasionally, they may recommend staying in a hotel or in a surgery recovery center (often if the patient lives far away), but that is rare.

Our team will prepare you to understand your post-operative care instructions and expectations, so you feel comfortable during your recovery period.

What are some tips to make recovery easier and/or quicker?

Why do some surgeons have different estimated recovery timelines for their patients?

Your recovery experience is directly correlated to what happens in the operating room. In general terms, when a surgeon takes their time and is very meticulous and detail-oriented during the surgery, then recovery can be easier and quicker.

When can I…?

  1. Go back to work?
    1. Stationary work (“desk jobs”): Typically, one week but sometimes two
  2. Physical work:
    1. At least two weeks, and you may have to return with activity restrictions from the surgeon
  3. Play with my kids?
    1. For the first month post-op, lifting, stretching, pulling, pushing, and bending will be restricted. Most recovery timelines include a 15-lb lifting limitation for that full first month as well. Make sure to arrange childcare help if you have young kids during your recovery period, particularly within the first two weeks.
  4. Exercise?
    1. Light exercise is okay after the first two weeks. Make sure to closely follow all activity restriction guidelines. Try to avoid raising your heart rate too much, as this can increase swelling.

Planning Around Work

The timeline for returning to work depends on the kind of surgery and what you do at work. Some recovery times only require a long weekend, whereas some may require several weeks.

How Can I Take Time Off Work For Recovery?

Your plastic surgery clinic can submit documentation to your employer to ask for time off work:

Now is the Best Time to Begin!

Beginning your surgical process now is the best way to secure your specific timeline. You can book your surgery as far out as you’d like but having your consultation sooner rather than later will ensure that you have options.

To learn more about how our surgical consultation experience looks like, click here.

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We invite you to call (614)-442-7610 to get on Dr. Donaldson’s or Dr. Sieffert’s schedule!

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