I am 5"8 - 5"9 and weigh about 232 would I have to lose more weight in order to have the surgery?
Is There a Certain Weight That You Have to Be in Order to Have Gynecomastia Surgery?
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What comes first weight loss or gynecomastia surgery?
Like all body surgery weight loss is definitely recommended, but is it essential before gynecomastia surgery? No. Overall body proportion will be better after weight loss. From the other point of view, once a patient will see an aesthetically improved chest, it is more likely that he will lose weight to improve the rest of his body. So the answer is up to the patient and it is different for every man. For more information you can go to wikipedia.
Gynecomastia and being overweight are separate problems.
Losing weight is very hard. I think you can have correction of gynecomastia anytime. You will still be overweight after wards, but your chest will be flat and you will look and feel better. It may motivate you to lose weight.
Weight and gynecomastia
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Gynecomastia Surgery and Weight Loss?
Thank you for the question.
In general, I think would be your best interest to undergo correction of gynecomastia surgery when you are as close to a “stable” weight as possible. I have found that gynecomastia is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. On the other hand, if the prominence of the chest wall is caused by adipose tissue, then liposculpture surgery alone may suffice.
Either way, being closer to your ideal weight will allow the surgeon to treat any adipose tissue that is diet and exercise resistant in a more accurate fashion; therefore, you will be more likely to achieve the best result possible.
Please make sure you're working with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.
At a BMI of 34/35 weight loss prior to gynecomastia surgery is recommended but not mandatory
At 5'8" to 5'9" and at 232 pounds you are definitely overweight with a BMI of 34 - 35. Does this preclude you from having surgery? No.
However, if you could lose some weight prior to surgery - around 30 pounds - that would help provide you with the potential for a better result with less surgical and anesthesia risk and it would be prudent. The weight loss would not be a deal breaker, though.
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If you do lose weight prior to this surgery - you may be surprised that your chest may change as well. Typically, breasts have a certain percentage of fatty tissue. As you loose weight, the fatty tissue may decrease.
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Weight is not the main factor. The shape of your chest is the main issue. Is there a lot of loose skin? Or is it just diffusely large. So weight is less important than actual BMI and you should try to lower your BMI below 30 for best results. With the amount of excess weight you have I think your best bet would be achieve this by losing about 30 more pounds and then be evaluated.
Gynecomastia and weight loss
It is always better to lose weight before having surgery. Getting down to your goal weight is a good idea.
Gynecomastia and Weight
AT 69" and 232lbs your BMI is calculated to be 34.3 which is considered obese. Your ideal body weight (IBW) would be closer to 160lbs. Therefore you should preferably lose a minimum of 50 lbs in order to come within 15% of your IBW. However, if you intend on regaining the weight after surgery, it is not generally advised.
Weight loss and gynecomastia surgery
In general, the closer you are to your goal weight the better results you will get. As you lose the weight, you will probably lose some of the fullness on your chest as well, which will allow it to contract down a bit better after your procedure. Ultimately this decision is between you and your surgeon, but I think we would all agree at least some weight loss would be a good idea.
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