Gynecomastia is a condition that is also known as enlarged male breasts. The most frequent cause of gynecomastia is a high or out-of-balance estrogen level. However, other factors such as obesity, tumors, thyroid disease, or kidney failure can also lead to enlarged male breasts. This imbalance causes larger-than-normal breast tissue in men, though the sizes and shapes vary. This can also be called “man boobs.” Anywhere from 40-60% of men have some degree of gynecomastia in their lives, especially those over the age of 50. For many, enlarged male breasts are a burden, but it is not one you have to carry forever. Here are some reasons why breast reduction surgery may be right for you:
1. Increased self confidence
For young boys and men alike, this can be a difficult condition. Though there is nothing to be ashamed of, oftentimes patients feel that their chests look unmasculine. Men regain confidence after surgery that leaves little to no scarring and they feel comfortable to take off their shirt at the beach or after a workout without worrying what others may think of their chests. They can wear shirts that fit tight to their breast without thinking about their “man boobs.” Instead of feeling self-conscious and hyper-aware of their bodies, the surgery will give peace of mind. Helping boys and men feel comfortable in their own skin is the most important gift that breast reduction surgery can give.
Freeing you from these negative self-images, breast reductions surgery can heighten your overall mental health. When you don’t feel confident, then you don’t project the best version of yourself out into the world. With increased confidence you’ll be able to achieve your goals and stop holding yourself back from what you want.
Gynecomastia, especially in boys, can lead to anxiety and even sometimes depression. If you or someone you know is experiencing feelings of depression, set up an appointment with a counselor to decide what’s best for you. Breast reduction surgery can help improve your body image, but it is still plastic surgery. Before undergoing any surgery, you need to be sure it’s the right decision for you.
2. Improves posture
While this is a bigger problem for women, having larger breasts can put extra strain on your back and neck, which can lead to not only bad posture, but lifelong problems. By reducing the breast size, you will alleviate the pressure put on the front half of your body, leading you to stand up straighter. This will help improve your core, neck, and back muscles.
3. Long-term Reduction
Breast reduction surgery is the only treatment that consistently removes enlarged breasts. Ideally, with a healthy lifestyle it will reduce them for good, and has for many patients. Because the surgery involves the removal of tissue and skin, it will not immediately return like some treatments. If you’ve tried hormone therapy, exercise, changes in diet, and more but find them to be ineffective, you should consider plastic surgery from Executive Plastic Surgeon. With the help of our double-board certified plastic surgeon, you can feel comfortable knowing that you’re choosing the most effective method to rid yourself of your enlarged breasts.