What is Gynecomastia?Author: Mordcai Blau
Gynecomastia is a prevalent condition present in approximately 30-50% of men. The term gynecomastia, roughly translates to "woman-like breasts." Men presenting with gynecomastia develop breasts, which are enlarged to the extent that they resemble those of a woman. There are two main types of gynecomastia, true gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia.True gynecomastia is related to the enlargement of the breast gland and the condition may be caused by hormone imbalance as the condition is strongly correlated with high levels of estrogen and low levels of testosterone. Some other noteworthy correlations are with high levels of alcohol and cannabis use, and high levels of drugs like Digoxin Effexor, Motrin, Pepsides and foxglove. Psuedogynecomastia, which is fairly similar in appearance, is typically attributed to being overweight and is composed mostly of fatty tissue.
For many men with this condition, this can deeply affect their self-perception and find themselves doubting their masculinity. Unfortunately, for a number of males with this condition, particularly adolescents, they are also victims of bullying due to their breasts prompting rude and unwanted remarks. Fortunately for those whose breasts are a source of shame and negative self-image, there are treatments available.
The single, most effective form of treatment is surgery. For those with only true gynecomastia present, typically body-builders, athletes, or generally, men who are not overweight, the surgical procedure involves an excision of the breast gland. In the excision process, roughly 95-98% the gland is removed. Removing too little, could result in a recurrence, while removing too much could result in unwanted dimpling of the breast. It is imperative to seek out a plastic surgeon with extensive experience with this type of procedure who has a strong sense for the appropriate amount of gland removal. In cases of psuedogynecomastia, liposuction is used to remove the fatty tissue. Most commonly, patients present with a mixture of both true and psuedogynecomastia and both gland excision and liposuction is used. According to Dr. Mordcai Blau, a plastic surgeon based near New York City who has performed over 6,000 male breast reduction surgeries throughout the course of his career, paying particular attention to the unique contours of a patient's body is key to producing optimal, natural-looking results. His approach is especially patient-centered, and spends a great deal of time during the initial consultation and examination phases studying the details in order to tailor the surgical plan to each individual patient.
While there are pills like Gynexin and Gynemax to treat gynecomastia on the market, many plastic surgeons advise against using them, given that there is little consensus about their effectiveness. Based on Dr. Blau's experience working with patients, he found that among those came to his office who tried using the pills, found them to be largely ineffective.
If you think that you may be affected by gynecomastia and are considering treatment, please make sure to research physicians and plastic surgeons carefully. Almost all plastic surgeons display before and after photos on their website, so browsing through those will inform you of what to expect from each surgeon. Since a successful male breast reduction surgery requires much attention to detail, it is strongly advised to seek a surgeon who specializes in this type of surgery. Though gynecomastia can be difficult for some, rest assured that it can be treated.
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About the Author
Dr. Mordcai Blau is a plastic surgeon based near New York City specializing in male breast reduction surgery. He has over 30 years of experience in the field, and performs between 250 and 300 gynecomastia-related surgeries every year. He has also authored numerous articles on the subject and is passionate about sharing his knowledge and expertise. His website is www.cosmetic-md.com