Gynecomastia is also known as Man boobs or overdevelopment of breasts in men. Approximately 40-60% of men are suffering from this problem. This is not the uncommon situation and which can be handled by very small and quick surgical process. It may occur in one side or both the side of your chest there is no particular causes for this though certain drugs and medical problems have been linked with male breast overdevelopment.
For those who are feeling self–conscious to be a shirtless in social places, Breast reduction surgery is the best option for them. This procedure help to remove excess fatty tissues, glandular tissues and in some extreme cases skin also resulting in a chest that is flatter, firmer, and better contoured.
The Best Candidates for Gynecomastia
Healthy, emotionally stable men of any age can undergo through gynecomastia surgery. Person who has, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours may be a best candidate for surgery. The best candidates for surgery may be discouraged for obese men, or for overweight men who have not first attempted to correct the problem with exercise or weight loss. Excessive drinking and smoking along with anabolic steroid can also cause gynecomastia thus patients are first suggested to stop these things to see if the breast fullness will diminish before surgery is considered as an option.
The Gynecomastia Surgical Procedure
Time required for the surgery will depend upon the techniques which are used by the doctor. But approximately it will take 1-2 hours for surgery.
Where the excess glandular tissues need to be remove that time excision technique is used. The excision technique may be performed alone in conjunction with liposuction in rarest cases where skin needs to be removed. The incision may be made either on the areola or in the under arm area Doctor removes the excess glandular tissue, fat and skin from around the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast. In case when skin required to be removed may require larger incisions that result in more conspicuous scars.
In case where only fatty tissues are required to be removed that time liposuction technique can be used .The cannula is inserted through the existing incisions using strong, deliberate strokes, the surgeon moves the cannula through the layers beneath the skin, breaking up the fat and suctioning it out. In extreme cases where large amounts of fat or glandular tissue have been removed, skin may not adjust well to the new smaller breast contour. In these cases, excess skin may have to be removed to allow the remaining skin to firmly re-adjust to the new breast contour.
After Your Gynecomastia Surgery
Whatever technique used for gynecomastia surgery, you will feel some discomfort, pain swelling and brushing for some days. However, to control the discomfort proper medication can be prescribed by the doctor. To reduce the swelling you ‘all be suggested to wear compression garment for a couple of weeks. Although the worst of your swelling will dissipate in the first few weeks, it may be three months or more before the final results of your surgery are apparent.
More details on Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is a commonly misunderstood condition. The appearance of enlarged male breasts can result in low self-esteem, feelings of shame, embarrassment, and often an unwillingness to participate fully in the activities you enjoy.
Understanding your condition can go a long way toward helping you cope with its challenges, speak freely about it with others, and explore treatment options.
What is Gynecomastia?
The term, gynecomastia comes from the Greek word, gynaik, meaning “female” and mastós meaning “breast.”Gynecomastia is also commonly referred to as “manboobs.”
The most obvious symptom of Gynecomastia is the appearance of a rubbery or firm mass that can be easily felt under the nipple. Fat deposits surrounding the area make it appear larger and more prominent. If the condition occurs in adolescence, it may resolve on its own, typically within 18 months to two years after its initial development. If not, it will most likely be permanent. Gynecomastia is easily visualized and diagnosed upon physical examination.
What is Pseudogynecomastia?
Pseudogynecomastia is a condition in which fat accumulates in the chest region, creating enlarged male breasts. The condition is similar to gynecomastia; however, the chest area does not contain glandular breast tissue. Pseudogynecomastia is typically caused by excessive weight gain and can be greatly improved through weight loss. The fatty tissue surrounding the chest can be treated successfully with liposuction alone, versus liposuction and surgery.
The Emotional Impact of Gynecomastia
While the physical condition is reversible and treatable, the psychological erects can bedevastating. Young men with gynecomastia may sufer from low self-esteem, loss of self-confidence, embarrassment, and insecurities about sexual performance. Many shy away from relationships with women for fear of rejection and steer clear of any sport that requires undressing.
Therefore, treatment of gynecomastia should address not only the physical issues, but the emotional impact as well. A consultation with a medical expert to determine the course of action is critical. The sooner the physical condition is addressed, the better the chances of reducing and/or eliminating any lasting emotional scars.
Tips for Camouflaging Enlarged Male Breasts
There are multiple ways to hide the fullness of the chest. Many men wear a tight compression undergarment that flattens the chest area or a slimming body shaper shirt. Loose fitting shirts are very helpful, especially shirts with pockets in the chest area. Darker colored shirts hide more than lighter colored shirts. Compression swim shirts are also available. Look for these options and others in the Gynecomastia.org Store.
Causes of Gynecomastia
- HORMONE IMBALANCE
The most common cause of gynecomastia is a hormonal imbalance between testosterone and estrogen. Testosterone controls male characteristics, including muscle mass and hair growth, while estrogen controls female characteristics, such as the growth of breasts. Both hormones are present in men and boys, although normally estrogen is produced in small quantities. A decrease in testosterone and/or an increase in male estrogen levels can cause gynecomastia.
- ADOLESCENT GYNOCOMESTIA
Natural hormone changes that occur during puberty can cause adolescent gynecomastia. This condition is relatively common, and in most cases the enlarged breast tissue will resolve on its own within 18 months to two years.
- ANABOLIC STEROIDS & ANDROGENS
Steroids are the second most common cause of male breast enlargement today. While these compounds stimulate muscle growth, they can also trigger an increase in estrogen, causing breast tissue to develop.
Can Gynecomastia Be Prevented?
If you are genetically predisposed to develop adolescent gynecomastia, there is no way to prevent it; however, there are a few actions you can take to reduce the risk of developing adult gynecomastia.
- Stay away from illegal drugs, including steroids and androgens, amphetamines, heroin and marijuana.
- Read the fine print on any medications or herbal supplements you purchase in a body building store or on the internet.
- Avoid taking estrogen blockers, particularly in combination with steroids as the results are highly unreliable.
- Check your medications. If you are prescribed a medication known to cause gynecomastia, consult with your doctor about other options.
- Maintain a healthy weight, especially as you age. Excessive fat can increase estrogen levels.
- Lose weight to help control and/or prevent Pseudogynecomastia
- As men age, testosterone levels naturally decline while estrogen levels increase. You can help reduce your estrogen levels by making healthy dietary choices:
- Increase the amount of fiber in your diet.
- Fiber is known to bind to bile acids to help flush estrogen from the body. Add green leafy vegetables and bran to your diet to decrease estrogen.
- Add cruciferous vegetables to your meals.
- Cruciferous vegetables, including cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts, contain diindolylmethan (IDIM), a substance which helps eliminate estrogen from the body.
- Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
- Estrogen metabolizes in the liver.
- Limit dairy intake.
- Dairy can contain estrogen excreted by cows. Switch to organic milk or a non-dairy product, such as almond milk.
- Avoid beef made from animals given a diet that includes hormone supplements
- There is ongoing concern about meat production and the use of hormones and antibiotics.
- Switch to organic, farm-raised, grass-fed beef.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water daily
- Water improves your overall health and may help keep hormone levels in balance.
Common Misperceptions About Gynecomastia
Many body builders take anti-estrogen drugs before taking anabolic steroids. The estrogen blocker may or may not block the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. Also, the drug cannot remove the breast gland once it has developed.
Several gynecomastia pills are currently on the market, including Gynexin, Gynectrol and GyneMax. Gynexin is by far the most popular. It is essentially a fat burner that specifically targets the adipose tissue (fat) in the breasts. While it may work to reduce fat, it does not address the underlying cause of gynecomastia: the development of glandular breast tissue.
ORAL MEDICATIONS CAN BE USED TO TREAT GYNECOMASTIA
Unfortunately, there is no medication available that works reliably to treat gynecomastia.
DIET & EXERCISE CAN ELIMINATE GYNECOMASTIA
The majority of men with gynecomastia have a fat component around the breast gland, and this fat can be reduced through diet and exercise; however the breast gland tissue still remains. On the other hand, diet and exercise can help with psuedogynecomastia.
GYNECOMASTIA CAUSES CANCER
Gynecomastia is a noncancerous excess of male breast gland tissue. Men who have gynecomastia may have a slightly increased risk of male breast cancer due to the imbalance of estrogen to testosterone in the body. Other risk factors include Jewish heritage, a family history of a breast cancer and/or breast cancer gene mutation, and other genetic disorders.
Although gynecomastia is common, male breast cancer is rare. In the United States, approximately 2,000 cases of male breast cancer are diagnosed annually, and roughly 400 men die of breast cancer each year.
What is the Most Effective Treatment Option for True Gynecomastia?
The most common treatment for gynecomastia is referred to as “male breast reduction surgery.” This surgical procedure is a combination of breast gland removal and liposuction. This dual approach works to better blend the fat component into a more natural looking male chest with a more aesthetic contour. The breast gland tissue does not typically return.
There are a number of surgical techniques used to treat gynecomastia. Generally, the goal of gynecomastia surgery is two-fold: To restore the normal contours of the male breast and to correct any type of deformity of the breast, nipple, or areola (the colored circle around the nipple). The choice of surgical technique often depends on the severity of the gynecomastia, as well as the likelihood of “skin redundancy,” a term for the excess skin that does not contract following surgery.
Remember, each individual case is unique. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of corrective surgery with your surgeon.
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