Gynecomastia is an abnormal enlargement of one or both breasts in men. It is related to the excess growth of breast tissue and fat tissue in a variable proportion rather than the breast tissue alone.Changes in the levels of male and female hormones, or in how the body uses or responds to these hormones can cause enlarged breasts in men. More than half of boys develop transitory gynecomastia of variable degrees during puberty.
Gynecomastia can be emotionally devastating. Feelings of embarrassment, humiliation and shame are common. One does not feel masculine in a society where masculinity is exalted. Self-hate threads itself through all aspects of the individual's life, creating an insidious web of powerlessness. A man or boy with gynecomastia struggles with anxiety over such simple acts as taking off his shirt at the swimming pool and beach.
For many men, the best solution is suction assisted liposculpture. That accomplishes step one of the healing. Step two is psychological redress as as childhood taunting to a lifetime of hating his chest, the hurt feelings have been deeply rooted in the mind.
Men who have developed gynecomastia later in life from steroid abuse or some other cause like prostate gland disease may have little to no psychological distress. However, for some in this situation, it can leave them feeling out of control of their body or emasculated in some matter. Hopefully, corrective surgery will resolve these feelings, for some it will not and therapy will be needed to relieve the distress.
It is important to recognize the scars on the inside. This is difficult work because it means coming to terms with one's body and past. Acknowledging the pain, moving into a new relationship with one's body and changing how he thinks the world sees him is the key to healing and freedom.
Men often have a very difficult time talking about their breasts to anyone, but it is the first step toward relief. Realizing that they are not alone is a powerful antidote for the shame and a beginning toward healing. We are here to help you in a best possible way available today in the world. Without any hesitation please contact us right away as this is our day to day job.
Dr. Uddhav A. Patil
MS MCh (Plast. Surg.) MACPhleb
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