Gynecomastia is not a term with which most people are familiar. Many people have never heard this word before. What many men have heard are unfortunate terms like “man boobs.” Male breast enlargement is a common enough problem that we now have a more clinical descriptor. More than knowing how to refer to enlarged male breasts, it has become important to know how to talk about it. In our arena, it has become necessary to find ways to address this problem. Here, we discuss the problem of gynecomastia and what we can do to help you get your confidence back.
It is Important to Address Gynecomastia
Some cosmetic concerns are easier to hide than others. If a guy gains a few pounds, no one may notice. When a guy has breasts that are puffy or have a female-like shape, he may go to great lengths to hide his shape. Gynecomastia can occur at virtually any age. Many men first notice this problem during adolescence. At that time, due to fluctuating hormones, a doctor may recommend a “watch and wait” approach. As hormones level-out, the chest may flatten into its masculine shape. When gynecomastia develops, this transformation does not happen. A man cannot correct true gynecomastia by losing weight nor by working out. This often results in hiding. Men with enlarged breasts sometimes hide by wearing a compression vest, sometimes by wearing loose clothing. What doesn’t hide, though, is the lack of confidence a man feels as a result of his chest contours. Gynecomastia surgery can provide permanent improvements that are not only desired but are deserved.
What is Gynecomastia Surgery?
There is no singular way to treat gynecomastia. The correction of enlarged male breasts is a personal process. If you consult with the team at Renaissance Plastic Surgery, you can expect to engage in thoughtful discussion about your concerns. Your doctor will perform a physical examination of the breasts to determine the best approach to refining your shape. Some cases of gynecomastia can be resolved with liposuction, a minimally-invasive procedure that removes excess fatty tissue. Some men need liposuction and breast gland excision. In severe cases of gynecomastia, such as breast enlargement and excessive weight that have lasted years, it may be necessary to remove excess fat, the breast gland, and also trim excess skin to restore a flat, masculine chest.