Despite what you may think, gynecomastia is actually not that uncommon. What is common, however, is the embarrassment experienced by those who suffer from the condition and the toll it takes on their self-confidence and feelings of masculinity.
What are the root causes of gynecomastia?
• Hormone imbalance – most men start to experience symptoms at the onset of puberty, although hormone fluctuations can occur at any age from infancy to middle-aged as aging may promote the decrease in testosterone production
• Gynecomastia can result as a side effect of numerous medications and drugs of abuse.
• Gynecomastia is associated with certain medical conditions including hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney failure, and cirrhosis of the liver.
• Naturally occurring fat deposits within the chest
Living in the St. Pete area where swimming, boating, and fishing occur year round, those who suffer from gynecomastia are constantly reminded of their body image. It seems at every turn some form of activity requires “shirts off,” which only magnifies the problem. Men who suffer from this condition should know that plastic surgery can address and fix gynecomastia, allowing them the freedom to participate in outdoor activities with full confidence.
Clinique of Plastic Surgery Centres help male patients achieve a more masculine and sculpted chest. Dr. Drehsen will use his professional expertise based on each individual patient to best address how much, and where fat needs to be removed. Many times, a simple liposuction will be enough to solve the issue; however, in more severe cases, liposuction is accompanied by removing small amounts of skin around the areola. In rare cases, actual breast tissue has developed which will result in a small cut, or incision, around the areola to remove the tissue.
Are all men who suffer from gynecomastia prime candidates for plastic surgery?
Half of adolescent males who experience the growth of extra breast tissue, due to hormonal imbalances, see the problem eliminate itself within 6 months to a year. However, if it does not dissipate, it can be uncomfortable and a major source of insecurity. A mammoplasty or breast reduction is the best solution for those who suffer from severe gynecomastia, long-term gynecomastia, or in cases where drug therapies have proven ineffective. Scheduling a consultation at Clinique of Plastic Surgery Centres will allow Dr. Drehsen to better assess your specific situation and make recommendations. A series of blood tests can be performed to help assess the underlying cause of increased male breast tissue.
Stop hiding behind extra clothing, and let Dr. Drehsen get you on your way to regaining your self-esteem. Wouldn’t it be nice the next time you visit St. Pete’s beaches that you were able to enjoy yourself and family instead of allowing your mind to be preoccupied with insecurity? Most patients who elect to have the surgery instantly feel more confident in their skin.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with Dr. Drehsen, please call us today.