Should You Treat Your Gynecomastia?
Some people don’t mind. This is the case with all cosmetic criticisms we have about our bodies. But just as one person doesn’t mind, it means the world to someone else to not be self-conscious about that one thing they have. For many people, that thing is gynecomastia. Thankfully, with male breast reduction gynecomastia can be treated, the only question is: should you?
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is defined as a benign enlargement of male breast tissue and is also the most common breast condition in men. At some point in their lives, somewhere between 40-50% of men will experience gynecomastia and at least 30% of them will have it for good unless it is treated. For many men, the issue begins in puberty where it is highly common to experience gynecomastia. The reason for this is that gynecomastia is caused by hormonal imbalances that result in a higher estrogen and lower testosterone count.
While this is normal in puberty—as hormones are shifting as the body undergoes many quick changes, it is supposed to go away within a few months to two years at most. As you can imagine, for some men the issue doesn’t disappear despite the fact that hormonal levels have evened out into a proper, normal balance.
Gynecomastia, like many conditions, can range from the mild to the severe. Some men may have a slightly enlarged breast area that is not particularly distinguishable in any manner. Considering how common gynecomastia is, what people consider a “normal” chest for men can vary. And so when gynecomastia is present in mild forms, it is not often thought of as anything unusual.
However, when the condition is bordering on or is severe, it can be a very difficult thing to live with. As much as we pretend to be unfazed by the opinions of others, it is a very normal, natural thing to be concerned with looking our best.
At Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery, we know better than that. A big part of feeling your best is looking your best—not to others, but to yourself before all others.
The Obesity Epidemic and Gynecomastia
It should come as no surprise that as America struggles more with its weight, the image of perfection is pedestalized even further. People think cosmetic surgery is about vanity—but it’s not. We have had many clients come in for procedures such as Smart Lipo—a Greenberg Cosmetic specialty, and after having had that fat reduction surgery, they were emboldened by their new look. It gave them the confidence to start exercising regularly—and in public, and eating better. That one change was the rumble that started an avalanche.
What’s the point? The point is that sometimes just getting rid of that thing that bothers you can be enough to snowball into a much better lifestyle and mental health. In the case of gynecomastia, consider how many men are extremely self-conscious about this condition. Being highly dissatisfied with your body can impact your relationships as well as your daily wellbeing.
Many men with gynecomastia are highly self-conscious about their chests and will shy away from all situations that require them to take their shirts off or will go out of their way to wear layers to hide their gynecomastia even when it is hot outside. Gynecomastia is often mistaken simply for excess weight, while it is true that losing weight may reduce the severity of extra weight on your chest, the part that is influenced by gynecomastia will remain the same.
The reason being is that with gynecomastia, it is actual breast tissue which is causing the extra size to each pectoral. This is often why one breast is larger than the other in many cases as distribution is not even. Breast tissue cannot be reduced through exercise, which is why this operation is necessary if this is an issue that bothers you. As exercise will eventually make the problem stick out as you develop more underlying muscle on your chest which will just enlarge the breast are further.
Gynecomastia Surgery Boca Raton
Boca Raton is sunny and warm year-round, going to the beach is a way of life and something many South Floridians take advantage of. As a result, we have many clients that come in seeking treatment or consultation regarding their gynecomastia because they are sick and tired of being afraid of taking their shirts off at the beach or at the pool. In the humid and perpetually warm climate of Florida, it is not feasible to wear layers for much of the year—but this is exactly what people who are ashamed of their gynecomastia attempt to do to hide it.
Face the world bare-chested and with confidence, contact Greenberg Cosmetic Surgery today for a free consultation. For more information on the requirements of the surgery, check out our procedure page.