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What is Gynecomastia?

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Colloquially referred to as “man boobs”, gynecomastia is a common and embarrassing condition that can affect men of all ages. Often the result of hormone therapies or inherent hormone problems, gynecomastia can make it difficult for men to feel confident about their bodies, particularly when dressing or undressing in locker rooms or in intimate settings. Fortunately, there is a way to safely and permanently correct this condition.

Why Seek Plastic Surgery for Gynecomastia?

This condition can do far more than simply effect how men feel about their bodies. It can also significantly alter the way in which clothes fit and feel. For men who are concerned with maintaining an air of masculinity, gynecomastia can also cause psychological distress, particularly when this condition and its effects are extreme.

When gynecomastia is the result of hormone problems, it is a symptom of a larger issue that should be addressed in order to improve overall well-being and health. The chemical and hormonal imbalances associated with gynecomastia can result in mood swings, diminished energy and a host of other issues.

One of the most effective gynecomastia treatments is a surgical solution of sculpting the male chest. This can create a stronger and more masculine-looking physique and restore patient confidence.

Why Weight Loss Won’t Work

True gynecomastia is a hormone-related condition that results in the formation of excess breast tissues. The chest area often feels swollen and hot, and the nipples may be sore and tender to the touch. Although men who are significantly overweight may develop disproportionate accumulations of fat in the chest area, gynecomastia is rarely an entirely weight-related issue. Thus, even if excess body fat is lost, the prominent and swollen breast tissues will invariably remain.

It’s additionally important to note that fat loss is an entirely uniform process. This means that people lose weight uniformly, across their entire bodies. Thus, no single body part is likely to appear smaller or larger in relation to the others as the result of diet of exercise. Despite common misconceptions, it is not possible to spot-reduce fat.

Moreover, losing fat across the chest, abdomen and neck areas can actually make swollen breast tissues appear more prominent. Even targeted, strength-building exercises cannot create a firmer and more masculine-looking chest until excess breast tissues have been removed.

How to Know if Male Breast Reduction is Right for You

You may be an acceptable candidate for male breast reduction surgery if you’re a man with excess breast tissues. During your consultation at the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas, Dr. Jeneby and his team of professionals can implement an individualized and integrated plan for reducing your overall breast size and creating a chiseled and more masculine chest overall.

Dr. Jeneby is a talented, board-certified plastic surgeon in San Antonio. From liposuction to breast augmentation procedures, he has been helping individuals in the San Antonio area achieve their dream figures for years. We encourage you to talk to Dr. Jeneby about gynecomastia surgery and the benefits it would provide for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!

Gynecomastia is a common condition found in men and boys, in which the breasts swell and become abnormally large, also known as “man boobs.” Gynecomastia usually affects newborn males, middle aged men and boys during puberty. Although gynecomastia may cause breast pain, but still not necessarily considered a serious health problem, it may be psychologically difficult to cope with. A study done by the Boston Children’s Hospital reports that gynecomastia negatively affects self-esteem, mental health, eating behaviors and other areas of emotional health at an early age. However, most males that develop gynecomastia at an early age (especially during puberty) find that it resolves within one year.

Gynecomastia is caused by extra breast tissue, not by extra fat from being overweight. In fact, some reasons that cause this can be from hormone imbalance, kidney failure, alcohol abuse, liver disease, radiation treatment, Klinefelter’s syndrome, cannabis/marijuana and other illegal drugs, some thyroid disorders and several medications.

Depending on how serious and treatable your gynecomastia might be, your doctor can assist with cosmetic procedures like liposuction or excision. Ask your doctor today what best fits for you.

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