Our clinic works with highly professional and educated surgeons. They have 10-15 years of experience in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. They perform over 2000 surgeries per year. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international.
Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
Without any additional fees patients are tended in the clinic as long as they need. It may take up to 3 days. We only discharge our patients from the clinic when they are in a good health state and ready to leave.
Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical service.
Our clinic has one of the biggest plastic surgery patient groups in Europe. In this group more than 14.000 of our past and future patients tell about their experience, share useful recommendations and transformation photos. You can join the group here.
During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment of plane landing in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.
Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and the surgeon.
Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 8 languages, among which English, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish and Lithuanian.
2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.
Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is described as a benign enlargement or swelling of the male breasts. Unlike pseudogynecomastia or lipomastia, where the enlargement of the breasts comes from fat deposits, gynecomastia is caused by the growth of glandular breast tissue. Gynecomastia is usually diagnosed during a simple physical examination, and it is important to differentiate this condition from male breast cancer. In some cases, gynecomastia may go away on its own, while in other cases this condition requires medication or surgery.
Symptoms and causes
As mentioned above, the increase of male breasts is the main symptom of gynecomastia. This condition can be present in one or both breasts, although gynecomastia affecting both breasts is more common. The distribution of the enlarged tissues may differ slightly between the breasts. Unlike fat deposits, glandular tissue feels rubbery or firm. In addition to enlargement, the breasts may become sensitive and tender, however, pain is usually absent.
The most frequent cause of gynecomastia is hormone imbalance in the body. In other words, the concentration of oestrogen (female hormones) increases in relation to androgens (male hormones). Major causes include recovery from malnutrition, various disorders of the testes, testicular cancer, chronic renal failure and hyperthyroidism. Gynecomastia can also result from taking certain medications such as anti-hypertension drugs, some antibiotics, anti-ulcer drugs and many others.
Risk factors and prevention
Adolescence, older age, some health conditions (such as liver, kidney or thyroid diseases) and the use of anabolic steroids are just a few factors known to increase the risk of gynecomastia. However, there are steps one can take to reduce the risk:
Who is a proper candidate for surgical treatment?
Surgery is a suitable choice for men whose condition cannot be treated with medications or any form of alternative treatment methods. Additionally, one must be in good overall health – some types of serious illnesses or medical conditions are a contraindication for surgical treatment. Other requirements include stabilized breast development, being at a healthy weight and having realistic expectations.
Before the procedure you will have a consultation with your surgeon, during which you will be able address any questions about the procedure, its risks and outcomes.
Your surgeon will evaluate your overall health and ask you about your medical history, including any type of medication that you take or have taken in the past (including over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements).
If you smoke, you will be asked to stop smoking well before the procedure.
Moreover, certain anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin) are to be avoided before the surgery, as they increase the risk of bleeding.
Male breast reduction techniques
Male breast reduction surgery is extremely effective in treating gynecomastia. There are a few techniques available:
This technique is beneficial in cases when gynecomastia is caused by excess of fatty tissue. A thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the breasts via small incisions. The fatty tissue is then loosened and extracted from the breast. However, there are few cases when gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction only.
This method is used in cases that require the removal of glandular tissue and excess skin. It is also possible to relocate the nipple or diminish the size of the areola to achieve a natural male contour of the breast – this is often done in cases of severe gynecomastia.
This technique allows a removal of both glandular and fatty tissues with less postoperative complications and more satisfying results.
Recovery after the surgery
Can gynecomastia be combined with other surgical techniques?
It is possible to combine male breast reduction with other plastic surgery procedures. A tummy tuck is frequently chosen as an additional option in order to make the torso and waist slimmer, therefore, achieving a more satisfying contour of the body. In some cases, male breast reduction is performed after a considerable weight loss. An arm lift and body lift can be combined with breast reduction, as it is commonly necessary to remove excess skin and fat tissue.
The recurrence of gynecomastia and how to avoid it
The results of male breast reduction surgery are meant to last a lifetime. Nonetheless, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is one of the key ways to avoid any possible recurrences. Gynecomastia can reoccur due to substantial weight gain, the use of steroids or certain medications. Moreover, specific medical conditions can lead to the recurrence of gynecomastia. Besides focusing on maintaining healthy habits, do not forget to consult your doctor to learn precise ways to prevent gynecomastia from recurring.
We will advise you on travel arrangements including flights to and from Lithuania. We will take care of airport pick up and drop off and arrange a pleasant stay in a comfortable hotel at a convenient location. We will be there for you 24/7 if needed.