What is it?
Gynecomastia is a common disorder, which can affect teenage boys, newborns or even adult men. Affected men have noticeably enlarged chest, which is caused by excess of fat accumulating in the area or hypertrophy of glandular tissue. Both causes can also occur simultaneously (mixed gynecomastia). Disorder occurs due to hormonal changes caused by puberty, or due to a hormonal imbalance during which body has excess of estrogens. Usually, gynecomastia disappears without any help, because the body manages to balance out the hormonal environment. If it does not pass naturally and the enlarged chest is causing distress or dysphoria, it is worth to consider surgery.
Depending on the cause of the disorder, appropriate treatment is selected. It may involve the removal of excess fat (by liposuction) or the surgical removal of hypertrophied glandular tissue. In the case of mixed gynecomastia, both methods are applied simultaneously. The surgery itself will take place in a sterilized operating room in a private clinic, where the patient is going to remain under the care of a qualified surgeon, certified nurses and an anaesthetist. Performing the procedure involves the implementation of a few small incisions, which allows to either remove excess fat or the glandular tissue. In most cases, gynecomastia treatment does not take longer than two hours. The procedure is performed under intravenous (sedation) or general (intrathecal) anaesthetics.
Generally, after the gynecomastia procedure, a hospital stay is not required. In some cases, however, especially with mixed gynecomastia and lipogynecomastia, the surgeon may recommend an overnight stay at the clinic. This is for the patient’s comfort and well being.
The discharge from the clinic occurs just a couple of hours after the surgery, or the following morning (in case of the overnight stay).
The patient needs to come back to the clinic in the next following days for 1-2 check-ups.
Required stay in Poland
The minimum required stay in Poland depends on the type of gynecomastia treatment. We recommend coming over a day before the procedure in order to have the required medical tests done. After surgery, you should stay locally for at least 1-3 nights.
The whole minimum required stay for glandular tissue removal is 2 nights. For excess fat removal it is 3 nights, and for mixed gynecomastia removal it is 4 nights.
In some cases, the surgeon may require the patient to stay overnight at the clinic after the procedure.
It is always worth considering an even longer stay for comfort and safety reasons.
We highly recommend hotels close to the clinic (in the Warsaw Józefów area) listed in the Accommodation section.
Contraindications to the procedure are heart, liver, respiratory, circulatory or mental diseases as well as unrealistic expectations of the patients. It is important to remember that the aim of the procedure is improvement, not perfection.
They include infection, chronic pain, loss of sensation in the operated area, complications associated with anaesthetics, asymmetry, hemorrhage, swelling, bruising, unsatisfactory treatment results, complications associated with the respiratory system, seroma, scars, burns, skin loss.
First and foremost, the patient must remember to take medications prescribed by the doctor as well as to follow his post-procedure recommendations (provided after the surgery, together with a discharge letter from the clinic). Guidelines also include wearing compression garments (if recommended) and avoiding any physical activity for a period specified by the doctor. Dressings at the incision site should be regularly replaced and the area itself should be gently massaged and checked for any worrisome changes. Some patients may need an additional consultation with the doctor upon returning home. Removal of excess fluid accumulated in the operated area (so-called “puncture” or “drainage”) might also be required.
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Return flight prices from the most popular European locations start from around £50 / €56.
Warsaw Chopin airport WAW – 20-min drive from the town centre, 45-min drive from the clinic
Warsaw Modlin airport WMI – around 1h drive from the town centre, 1h 15min drive from the clinic
Available upon request. Prices are evaluated individually and start from 650 PLN / £130 / €144 per package.