Treatment of Severe Gynecomastia After Massive Weight Loss: Analysis of Long-Term Outcomes Measured with the Italian Version of the BODY-Q



The objectives of this study are: (1) comparison of long-term outcomes after correction of severe gynecomastia using different techniques; (2) apply the Italian version of the BODY-Q; (3) present the role of intercostal perforator flap (ICAP) after massive weight loss for correction of severe gynecomastia.

Materials and Methods

Between January 2008 and March 2016, we performed surgical correction of bilateral severe gynecomastia in 80 men (160 breasts) following massive weight loss. Patients answered the Italian version of BODY-Q postoperative module. All patients had experienced substantial weight loss (> 30 kg), presented with bilateral severe tissue ptosis of the breast, follow-up of almost 2 years and had a good understanding of the Italian language, and signed consents were included in the study. The sample was studied about age, BMI, comorbidity, bariatric surgical procedure, follow-up, type of post-bariatric surgical procedure, complications and secondary procedures.


We performed 487 severe gynecomastia corrections from 2008 to 2016; 80 patients adhered to the inclusion criteria and formed our study group. This cross-sectional study compared three cohorts: 52 access using a circumareolar scar, 18 with an inframammary fold scar, 10 with an inframammary fold scar using intercostal perforator flaps. There were 16 secondary procedures in group one, 2 in group two and 1 in group three. We compared the secondary procedures of group 1 with the other groups, and we obtained a significant difference with a P = 0.04. The mean patient age was 36.5 years, and the average body mass index was 27.5 kg/m2 at the time of surgical correction of gynecomastia. From the BODY-Q analysis, the group of patients undergoing adenomammectomy with inframammary fold scar using intercostal perforator flaps has achieved significantly better results regarding the satisfaction with chest, psychosocial function, satisfaction with outcome and better body image.


This is the first study that used the BODY-Q to analyze the correction of severe gynecomastia following massive weight loss with long-term results. The use of this patient-reported outcome measure underlined that the intercostal artery perforator flap, used in the correction of severe gynecomastia following massive weight loss, is a safe and effective technique with good outcomes and high patient satisfaction.

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Video 1: Illustration of surgical technique using a double flap advanced cranially and divided into medial and lateral parts, with the medial part sutured on the pectoralis major fascia and the lateral part sutured under the pectoralis major muscle and to the perichondrium of the second rib. (MP4 10373 kb)

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Barone, M., Cogliandro, A., Tsangaris, E. et al. Treatment of Severe Gynecomastia After Massive Weight Loss: Analysis of Long-Term Outcomes Measured with the Italian Version of the BODY-Q. Aesth Plast Surg 42, 1506–1518 (2018).

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  • Gynecomastia
  • Perforator flap
  • Plastic surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • BODY-Q
  • Patient-reported outcome