Often referred to as “man boobs”, Gynecomastia is a condition that stems from more than just excess weight. Gynecomastia is defined as the swelling of breast tissue in boys or men. It is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts and not always evenly.
Gynecomastia can impact newborns and boys going through puberty, as well as older men. In addition to hormonal imbalance there are other factors – such as hereditary and environmental factors, diet as well as increased growth of male glandular breast tissue.
The physical aspect is not very serious; however the emotional aspect is potentially very unsettling. For some men it is mildly annoying and for others it is embarrassing and anxiety producing.
There is no reason for men to accept the problem and settle for unhappiness, when there are various solutions available, depending on the severity of the problem.
There are surgical and minimally invasive solutions. Dr. Mulholland will discuss the pros and cons with patients. Things like scarring, recovery time, amount of fat and excess skin, your medical history and more come into play. Dr. Mulholland will review all of the relevant information and come up with a plan that is best for you based on goals and medical situation.
Male breast reduction is a common procedure – growing more popular every year.
Patients that come in for male breast reduction surgery, often complain of:
- Being reluctant to remove their shirt in public – including to go swimming.
- Being uncomfortable at the gym.
- Not feeling comfortable in their regular shirt size – they go up a size to help mask the enlarged breasts
- Wanting to correct their body proportions
- Struggling physically, due to the enlarged breasts
- Feeling insecure, especially socially
These are difficult issues, for both boys and men. These days it is much easier to resolve the problem. Technology has advanced and there are many minimally invasive options for reducing male breast size.
If you are uncertain if you are a good candidate or you are only beginning to think about breast reduction, contact Dr. Mulholland today and discuss all your questions and concerns. A consultation is the best way to determine your options and understand all related factors, so you can make an informed decision.