Men who have exaggerated contours on their chest may wonder if they have gynecomastia. It is an excellent question and we are pleased that more men feel safe asking it. Historically, men with female-like breasts tended to live in silence. Having breasts instead of a contoured chest may not indicate a health issue, but it does have a profound effect on the way a man feels about his body and his general quality of life.
Having a bit of familiarity with the term gynecomastia is a step forward. However, many men are confused about exactly what it means to have gynecomastia and how to deal with this problem. The various marketing strategies used by supplement companies and others only add to the confusion. In essence, gynecomastia is simple.
If your chest looks round and full rather than smoothly contoured, it is possible that you have gynecomastia. You should be able to describe your chest as a chest, not as breasts. Puffiness around the nipples even qualifies as a mild form of gynecomastia.
According to studies, many men who obtain treatment for gynecomastia have a higher BMI. However, researchers and gynecomastia experts have discovered that, in many cases, the appearance of the breasts can worsen after a man loses weight. Weight in the arms and the belly may actually balance out the pronounced appearance of the breasts.
Men with gynecomastia can benefit from weight loss, but not because losing weight will get rid of breast tissue. The advantage of reaching a healthy BMI before surgery is that the results of male breast reduction will likely look much better. Ultimately, weight loss coupled with gynecomastia surgery has the best shot at significantly improving a man’s self-esteem.
We’ll say this again: marketing creates confusion about gynecomastia treatment. Men are told they can get rid of man boobs by buying a specific workout program. They are told that certain diets, lotions, or pills can recalibrate the hormonal and adrenal systems to get rid of breasts. Practical experience tells us otherwise. Judging by honest reviews and before and after images, the only way to get rid of unwanted breast tissue is through surgical removal.
Gynecomastia is not something you can undo on your own. Get the help you need to get the body meant for you. Call our Pottsville or Hazleton office for prompt assistance.
When summer is on the horizon, many people become somewhat preoccupied with their appearance. We see gym memberships increasing, and more Google searches for weight-loss programs and recipes. Inquiries about cosmetic surgery procedures like liposuction or energy-based body contouring treatments like Liposonix increase and people generally become more active in the area of health and wellness. Any steps that are taken to feel better about appearance have merit. Sometimes, though, specific treatment is necessary. This is the case with gynecomastia.
“Male breasts.” This is not a term with which we feel comfortable, is it? More than the phrase, it is the appearance of puffy nipples or rounded breast tissue that creates the most concern for men. Gynecomastia may affect young men still in their teen years and may be associated with spikes and drops in sex hormones. Gynecomastia may also be related to certain medications. It is often perceived as a weight-related issue, though this is a stretch. Whatever instigates the exaggerated growth of breast tissue, to include glandular tissue, is pretty irrelevant to the man who feels the turmoil of his physique. What is most important is that we meet the needs of each man affected by gynecomastia with proven treatment options.
At Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center, we are happy to have the opportunity to help men from areas including Philadephia, Allentown, Harrisburg, and more. Through a comprehensive consultation and careful treatment-planning, we can significantly reduce the presence of unnecessary tissue beneath the areola and nipple, as well as across the breasts.
Any degree of gynecomastia needs appropriate care. Even puffy nipples cause a great deal of distress. An experienced plastic surgeon understands that “man boobs” are not about fat, but about the glands beneath superficial breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery often does involve liposuction, but that is not the end of the process. Through small incisions around the areolae, firm glandular tissue can be removed to resolve the issue of fullness from its originating point.
Let the team at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery Center help you feel your best this summer. Learn more about gynecomastia surgery by calling our Pottsville or Hazleton office.
There are many cosmetic and surgical procedures that are appropriate for men. These procedures may increase their self-confidence and self-esteem. For men living with the embarrassing and feminizing condition commonly called “man boobs” or gynecomastia, having intimate relationships or participating in sports can be personally and emotionally devastating – so devastating in fact, that some men completely avoid physical intimacy.
• Men suffering from gynecomastia experience swelling of their breast tissue and tenderness. Excess localized fat and glandular tissue and can also be present in one or both breasts.
• Gynecomastia may be caused by a number of factors, including aging, health conditions which affect hormones, puberty, weight gain and the use of steroids or certain medications.
• The word gynecomastia is of Greek derivation meaning “female breasts” and describes a condition of over-developed breasts in men that can occur at any age.
• Diet and exercise can trim most areas of the body, but gynecomastia seems to be immune to most workout regimens.
Today, with the expertise of Dr. Kimmel and the caring staff of professionals at Keystone Cosmetic Surgery, your concerns about gynecomastia and whether or not to undergo surgery can be put to rest.
• Gynecomastia surgery is technically called “reduction mammaplasty.”
• This very specialized, outpatient surgery reduces breast size and flattens the contours of the chest.
• Surgery usually lasts about two hours. Patients may be discharged after a brief recovery period.
• Most of our patients return to work within a week and wear a snug-fitting compression vest under their clothing for several weeks.
• In severe gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause sagging of the areola. Repositioning of the areola can also be achieved with surgery.
If you are bothered by the size of your breasts, are in good physical health, do not smoke or use drugs, have a positive outlook and realistic goals for improvement – you are the perfect candidate for gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Kimmel is prepared to address your concerns and looks forward to meeting with you. Call to schedule a consultation, today.
According to the recent statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, male breast reduction made it into the top 5 surgical cosmetic procedures for men in 2012. Here at our Hazleton male plastic surgery practice, we won’t be surprised if male breast reduction will be a notch higher in the top 5 list once the 2013 statistics will be revealed. After all, we have a noticed a significant increase in the number of men who visit our clinic for breast removal brought about by gynecomastia or abnormal enlargement of breasts in men.
More Than Just Self-Esteem Issues
According to a study published in the April 2013 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), enlarged breasts in male teens has a negative impact on their self-esteem. Furthermore, head researcher Dr. Brian A. Labow stated that “merely having gynecomastia was sufficient to cause significant deficits in general health, social functioning, mental health, self-esteem, and eating behaviors and attitudes compared with controls (boys without breast enlargement).”
When to Consider Male Breast Reduction at Keystone Surgery Center
By and large, you are an ideal candidate for a male breast reduction procedure if you notice abnormal enlargement of your breasts. In addition, you should:
Your Male Breast Reduction Consultation
A consultation with an experienced male breast reduction surgeon will help you figure out whether or not you are qualified to undergo the surgery. Aside from an assessment of your medical history, a thorough physical exam will be done, too.
Schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kimmel by filling out this contact form. You can also reach us at (570)622-2900. We look forward to your visit!