Also known as “man boobs”, Gynecomastia is a non-cancerous overgrowth of breast tissue in males. It occurs due to imbalances in testosterone and estrogen. The breasts appear unusually large with noticeable swelling in this condition. It can occur in males of all ages at any stage of life but usually can be seen during infancy, puberty, and old age. The tissue overgrowth may occur in one or both breasts. Gynecomastia usually goes away on its own but in many cases, it does not and may require surgery or medication.
Due to breast tissue growth, males are often embarrassed and less confident in their bodies. Gynecomastia Surgery is a treatment for removing the excess breast tissue and skin to flatten the chest back to its normal position. The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports 282,997 Gynecomastia surgeries in 2021. An overall 34% increase was seen in Gynecomastia surgeries between 2020 and 2021. Turkey ranks as the 3rd most prolific country in health infrastructure and medical tourism. More than 20,000 Gynecomastia surgeries are performed in Turkey annually by board-certified and highly qualified surgeons. Here is an insight into the treatment itself and how to visit Turkey for Gynecomastia Surgery:
Gynecomastia is a condition in which male breasts enlarge due to a non-benign growth of breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure to remove the extra breast tissue and flatten the chest. In severe cases, excess breast tissue causes sagging and stretches the areola (dark skin around the nipples). Gynecomastia surgery is for lifting the areola and for removing the excess skin. The main aim is to flatten the chest and bring it back to its normal position.
The diagnosis of gynecomastia is not possible without a thorough examination by a doctor. Certain physical symptoms may increase the likelihood of the condition:
Gynecomastia is an outpatient procedure and the patient can go home the same day. On average the surgery takes somewhere around 3-4 hours. Typically, it takes place under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. The procedure involves liposuction and removal of excess skin. Minor incisions are required for moderate breast tissue removal whereas deeper and bigger incisions are made if there is extreme breast tissue growth.
Although it is nowadays a common procedure, it is not for everyone. A thorough check-up with your doctor is required for its definite diagnosis. Here are situations when Gynecomastia surgery would work for you:
Breast overgrowth in men may occur due to several reasons at different stages of life. Here are all the possible causes of Gynecomastia:
Gynecomastia is more common due to a natural hormonal imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. Many teenagers are diagnosed with Gynecomastia due to high levels of estrogen and lower levels of testosterone. Gynecomastia is also seen in newborns and toddlers due to the effects of estrogen passed on by their mothers. The excess breast tissue in such cases goes away on its own.
Gynecomastia also occurs due to various medical conditions. The most common cause of gynecomastia is Cirrhosis, an end-stage liver disease. Other medical conditions that cause gynecomastia include kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and cancer.
Gynecomastia is also possible if the person is overweight. Being overweight or obese causes overgrowth of breast tissue. In such situations, Gynecomastia can go away on its own if the individual loses weight by eating healthy and exercising.
Gynecomastia is sometimes also common among middle to old-age men. It occurs due to rapid fluctuations in testosterone and estrogen. It is more common among old males who are overweight.
Sometimes gynecomastia may result from the consumption or overconsumption of certain drugs and substances. Gynecomastia may occur as a side effect of certain medications such as anxiety/depression medicines, male infertility meds, and heartburn meds. Overuse of drugs and substances such as marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, and alcohol may also cause gynecomastia.
Overuse of certain herbal products such as tea tree or lavender oils is also a possible cause of gynecomastia. Research suggests prolonged use of these herbal products increases estrogen activity in the body.
Gynecomastia surgery can be a costly procedure as most cosmetic procedures. As per the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of a gynecomastia procedure is above $4000 in the US. However, this is only the procedure cost and the treatment also includes various hospital expenses such as anesthetic costs, medical tests, surgeon fees, etc. You can expect the price to go up by another $3000 or more for the entire treatment. The average price of Gynecomastia in Turkey is $2,500 to $5,500 including hospital expenses.
|Breast Augmentation||$6000 – $12,000||$5000 – $10,000||$3000 – $5000|
|Breast Lift||$8000 – $15,000||$7000 – $14,000||$2,500 – $4000|
|Breast Reduction||$5000 – $15,000||$7000 – $14,000||$2,500 – $5000|
|Breast Reconstruction||$15,000 -$30,000||$12,000 – $30,000||$6000 – $12,000|
|Mastectomy||$10,000 – $20,000||$12,000 – $25,000||$3,500 – $10,500|
|Lumpectomy||$10,000 – 20,000||$12,000 – $22,000||$6000 – $12,000|
Istanbul / Turkey offers a wide range of benefits and perks, particularly if you are coming for medical tourism purposes. Here are a few factors that give Turkey an edge over other nations for medical treatments:
Istanbul offers a well-established medical tourism sector that thrives due to a web of hospitals, clinics, and agencies that meticulously plan every aspect of your journey. Travel packages for medical tourism cover everything from hotel reservations to airport transfers, hospital transfers, and other important aspects. So far in 2023, around 7,46,290 people have already chosen Turkey as their medical destination. The total income so far this year is $1,033,942.
Another perk of coming to Turkey is that you don’t have to wait for months or years for your appointment. Despite receiving hundreds and thousands of patients every season, every patient is given the same level of attention and care.
A staggering 1.2 million Europeans visit Turkey for various medical procedures. The costs of medical procedures here are substantially lower, often up to 80% less, than in other countries.
Turkey’s renowned metropolitan city, Istanbul is a global hub for transit flights. It is convenient to find flight connections to almost anywhere in the world from Istanbul. Furthermore, most flights from European countries to Istanbul are only 3 hours long. Therefore, you can find a sense of ease in traveling to Turkey.
If you are considering Turkey for your Gynecomastia surgery, here is a step-by-step process of how you can book an appointment for your treatment:
Step 1: Get in touch with our representative and share your details
The first step to start the process is reaching out to us and sharing your information.
One of our team members will take down your details including your contact details and medical history.
Here are the tests our representative will ask you to share with them via WhatsApp or email:
Step 2: Travelling to Turkey and Hospitalization
Once you clear the medical examination by our doctors, we can sort out your flight to Turkey and itinerary.
It doesn’t matter which airport you land at we will be there to pick you up and escort you to the hotel.
We will arrange your hotel transfers as well to make sure you are sorted throughout your trip.
Step 3: Pre-surgery Check-up
Once you arrive at the hotel, our doctors will welcome you and prepare you for certain tests. Although we have asked you for certain tests before, our doctors run another set of tests to be safe. The following tests will be performed before the surgery:
Step 4: Surgery
After the doctors are satisfied with your test results, the date of your surgery is finalized.
On the day of the surgery, you are transferred to the hospital and welcomed by the staff at the hospital.
Step 5: Recovery
After the surgery, you may have to stay in the hospital for a few days for doctors to monitor your condition.
This is just a preventative step to make sure you are recovering fine.
You may have to revisit after a few days for a follow-up appointment with the doctor.
Step 6: Hotel Transfer
Once you are given a go-ahead by your doctor, we will transfer you to your designated hotel.
The hotel provides a wide range of amenities and luxuries to make sure you are comfortable throughout your stay.
What services do our packages include?
Here is a complete list of services our packages include:
Gynecomastia surgery is an outpatient procedure which means that patients do not have to stay in the hospital for days. It takes somewhere between 4 weeks to 6 months on average to recover fully. Here is a week-by-week breakdown of the recovery process:
Week 1: The first week is crucial because you just went through surgery. You may find it hard to get used to the changes and adjustments needed for a stable recovery. Your doctor will probably put you on an all-liquid diet for 3-4 days to avoid complications. Although you can walk around in your house from time to time any drastic movements are prohibited. You will also be asked to clean the surgical site twice a day including changing the dressing and bandages. Smoking and alcohol can delay healing so doctors specifically ask patients to stay away from them.
Week 2: The swelling does noticeably down at this point of your recovery. You can return to normal food with semi-solid foods such as mashed vegetables, rice, pasta, etc. Your follow-up appointment with the doctor is scheduled during this time. Your stitches if they are not the dissolvable kind are removed at this point. Again, smoking and alcohol must be avoided. You can go back to work by this time and resume most of your daily activities.
Week 3: Drastic improvement in the swelling may be seen by the third week. You can resume your everyday activities such as going to work and driving.
Week 4: Swelling and the pain mostly subsides by this time. You can go back to your regular life and may also start working out. It is important to ask your doctor before working out.
Long-term recovery: The full results of the surgery start to appear after 4 to 5 months. The body is expected to heal fully after 6 months.
Gynecomastia is among the most common breast surgeries in the world nowadays. It is completely safe with higher chances of full recovery. It is important to find a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon for this surgery.
Here are frequently asked questions about Gynecomastia surgery:
The Gynecomastia procedure takes 2-4 hours on average and the patient can go home the same day. Here are the various stages of the gynecomastia procedure:
A qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon with specialization in breast surgery performs Gynecomastia surgery to treat Male Gynecomastia.
Sometimes, commonly in childhood years, gynecomastia goes away on its own. However, if it is a genetic issue, it cannot go away on its own and may need surgery or medication.
The diagnosis of gynecomastia requires certain tests including blood tests, liver profile, hormone studies, urine tests, mammogram, and biopsy (if needed).
If the cause of gynecomastia is hormonal, the only way to get rid of it is medication or surgery.
You can get gynecomastia surgery between the ages of 18 and 65.
It is highly unlikely but it may return if you consume certain medications or due to certain medical conditions such as liver failure.
Abnormalities or impairments in the liver may cause hormonal imbalance. It affects testosterone and estrogen levels. Higher estrogen levels may lead to gynecomastia. Liver disease is a common cause of gynecomastia.