Gynecomastia is the abnormal swelling of breast tissue causing breast enlargement in men. It is not a serious condition but it often has enormous emotional and psychological effects causing patients to suffer from low self-esteem.
Male patients suffering from gynecomastia have the option to correct the condition through either liposuction (removes excess fatty tissue) or mastectomy (removes the breast gland tissue itself). Nowadays, mastectomy can be performed using a minimally invasive surgical method using an endoscope. The procedure uses small incisions where excess breast tissue is sucked out. This method reduces patients’ pain, risk of complications, and recovery times.
Liposuction and mastectomy are offered in many hospitals and dedicated aesthetic centres in Southeast Asian countries, namely Singapore, Thailand, and Malaysia. Patients who seek Western-quality care but do not want to spend a fortune can have the procedure performed in hospitals that are accredited by the International Standards Organisation (ISO) or Joint Commission International (JCI). Such accreditations mean that the medical facility meets strict qualifications set by the organisations and that it has the needed skills, equipment, technology, and facilities to deliver medical services that meet or exceed global standards.
Despite offering Western-quality medical services, world-class hospitals in Southeast Asia, especially in Thailand and Malaysia, charge extremely low fees when compared to their counterparts in the United States and Europe. This is attributed mainly to the lower cost of living in the region. Medical tourists can save up to 75% of what they would spend if they go to Western countries, which in many cases, translates to thousands of dollars. Due to this huge savings, patients are able to combine their treatment with a short holiday where they get to enjoy world-renowned beaches in Thailand and the amazing Malaysian culture, among many others.