McIndoe Surgical Centre are no strangers to TV work having been heavily involved with the Living TV series Extreme Makeover and many other shows for channel 4 and Discovery.
We are pleased to have been able to help our sixth patient for Embarrassing Bodies last month with surgeon Mr Baljit Dheansa operating on a young chap for his Gynaecomastia or man boobs!
20 year old Haydn Wells from Nottingham went to Embarrassing Bodies Live from the Clinic as he had lost an incredible 7 stone which had unfortunately left him with excess skin on his chest. He felt incredibly sensitive about his “man boobs” and had nowhere else to turn.
He was accepted for the show and within a week of appearing live on Embarrassing Bodies he was attending a consultation with Mr Dheansa to see what could be done.
Thankfully the operation went ahead and Mr Dheansa removed the excess skin from weight loss but also a proportion of breast tissue which no matter how hard Haydn had dieted or exercised he would never have been able to lose otherwise.
Haydn had his live reveal episode aired last night (3/7/12) on channel 4 with Dr Christian and Dr Dawn giving recognition “wow’s” when he revealed his new chest.
Talking about the process of performing surgery on TV, Mr Dheansa said “The whole process was quite an eye opener for me because of the attention to detail and logistics involved with ensuring that not only did the patient receive appropriate and timely care, but that filming happened in an environment that was no different from any other patient. This meant that all the patient’s care happened in consulting rooms at McIndoe Surgical Centre along with the surgery. Sadly this meant I didn’t get to meet Dr Dawn, Dr Christian or their colleagues but it meant that I didn’t have to travel.”
He went on to add, “This show reaches a very large number of people and therefore is one of the best ways to educate the public. Overall, it was a very positive experience and I would be happy to do it again.”
Overdeveloped breast tissue in men, or Gynaecomastia, (sometimes known as 'man boobs') can be a result of being overweight or having lost weight, or it could be the growth of underlying breast tissue. Particularly common in boys going through puberty, male breasts will often disappear by the age of 18, and it is important therefore that your consultant surgeon establishes the underlying reasons for the condition before proceeding with reduction surgery.
During the operation your surgeon will make an incision under your arm or around your nipple. Excess skin and tissue is removed, and sometimes liposuction is performed to remove excess fat from the breast area.
Gynaecomastia surgery will be performed under a general anaesthetic and you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. When it's time for you to leave hospital, you will be given a follow up appointment with your consultant, and/or the dressing clinic for the removal of any stitches, together with any medication prescribed. Patients are recommended to have a week off work after Gynaecomastia surgery to ensure time to rest and recover comfortably at home. Any strenuous work or activity should be avoided for several weeks.
You will notice some scarring after your operation and this will depend on the amount of tissue removed, but this will fade significantly over time.
If you would like to know more about this procedure please call our helpline on 0800 917 4922 or visit the website at www.mcindoesurgical.co.uk Our next free open evening with a cosmetic surgeon is the 18th July – phone to book your space now.