All summer long. Scorching hot days. At the beach. At the pool. Even on vacation. No matter where he went or what he was doing, my cousin refused to take his shirt off. Pretty strange for a guy, huh? Well, not as strange as you just might think…
Gynecomastia. That’s what my cousin suffered from, and while it definitely made him feel like an outcast, the truth was he was far from it. Also known as “man boobs,” Gynecomastia is the condition of enlarged male breast tissue, and believe it or not, it affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population — leaving most men feeling embarrassed, emotionally distressed, and with low self-esteem. Although my cousin felt alone every time he would hide his body under a baggy shirt, there’s unfortunately plenty of guys out there doing just the same, feeling ashamed and uncomfortable in their own skin — pretty much living within their own personal prison.
Here’s the basics on what you need to know — Gynecomastia is excess localized chest fat, excess glandular tissue development, and/or even a combination of both. It can be present in either one or both of the breasts, but it doesn’t have to be there to stay forever.
In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced.
Gynecomastia is a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. The condition can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or the use of certain drugs.
Gynecomastia surgery can help to restore a flatter, firmer appearance to the male chest… a.k.a. it was the answer to my cousin’s prayers.
Determining whether or not you’re the right candidate:
For many men, Gynecomastia can cause serious self-esteem and confidence issues. These men often turn to diet and exercise to try to rid themselves their “man boobs,” however that still may not correct the appearance of enlarged breasts. If you feel you’ve done all you can do, and are still unhappy, your next best move may be to give Dr. Steinbrech a call.
Adolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue.
How EASY the surgery is:
Gynecomastia only takes approximately 1-2 hours. Dr. Steinbrech will make a small incision on each side of your chest from which he will remove the excess fat. If more extensive tissue removal is needed, he will make incisions in the peri-areola position for inconspicuous healing. Your chest will be tightened and contoured with careful attention to natural, masculine results.
…And the recovery:
Your male breast reduction surgery will yield immediate results. Men are often astounded at the significant change in their chest and their more confident outlook on life after the procedure.
No overnight stay is needed after your gynecomastia surgery, but you should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after the surgery and assist you.
The total recovery time for gynecomastia surgery is 4-6 weeks depending on how your body is healing. Just after the procedure you will wear a tight male vest for compression; this is easily hidden under normal clothing. If only liposuction was performed, you will back to work the next day. If more extensive tissue was removed, you will be able to return to work within 2-3 days. In either case, you should avoid strenuous activity for 7-10 days. Soreness and tightness will gradually decrease as will the appearance of your scars.