What are Man Boobs?
Also known as gynecomastia, man boobs refer to enlargement of men breast tissues. It may also occur briefly in newborns. During puberty, almost half of boys tend to develop some kind of breasts. There are several causes of this condition, and it may be brought about by side effects of some drugs, when production of testosterone reduces naturally, and also as a consequence of metabolic disorders or an abnormal condition. Other causes include excessive use of alcohol and also using anabolic steroids, which causes hormonal imbalance in men.
How do you know if you have man boobs or not?
It is possible for man boobs to occur either unilaterally or bilaterally, and may manifest itself through tender breasts or swollen breast tissues. Sometimes, the affected individuals may be forced to think that they have breast cancer. Other possible tell-tale signs that you could be suffering from gynecomastia are chest tissue asymmetry and diameter increase of areola.
If you suspect that you have man boobs, the best thing to do is to see your doctor. The doctor will perform a physical examination, conduct blood tests and also get to know your medical history. Other tests that a doctor may do include CT scan or ultrasound. Your doctor will also tell you the cause of your condition, depending on which he or she may recommend medical intervention such as hormonal therapy or a suitable corrective surgical procedure. In case you suspect that your problems have been caused by side effects of some drugs you are using, then feel free to talk to your doctor about it. The situation can easily be reversed by a change of medication.
Treatment for gynecomastia by means of surgical procedures
Although there are other non-surgical procedures that can be used to treat man boobs, the truth is that chronic man boobs that has been with you for over 1 year will require surgery. It would not be possible to get rid of that kind of man boobs by diet, exercise or other natural ways. Thus your only best option would be to turn to surgical procedures.
Types of surgical procedures to remove man boobs
Surgical procedures that can be done on you to remove these boobs are
• Liposuction-assisted mastectomy,
• Subcutaneous mastectomy,
• Laser-lipolysis without liposuction
Through these surgical procedures glandular tissues or fats from the breasts are removed, and excess skin may also be removed. The result is firmer, better contoured and flatter chest.
The benefit of going through gynecomastia surgery is that it enhances self appearance of a man as well as boosts his self-confidence. However, it is important that before deciding to opt for surgery, you talk about all available options with your doctor to ensure that you have realistic expectations from the procedure. If the operation is successful, its results will be permanent and will give you great satisfaction with yourself.
Surgery is done using general anesthetics, and is over in just two hours. Sometimes, patients may be required to stay in the hospital overnight after undergoing the surgery, but day surgery is also possible sometimes. During surgery, drains may be inserted, as well as a compression bandage that reduces swelling effects in the tissues of the breasts.
In cases where the breast enlargement is primarily due to excess glandular tissues, this is excised using a scalpel. Usually, incision can be made in the area around the areola while excision is performed in conjunction with liposuction or even alone.
This is the surgical procedure that is most appropriate for man boobs that arise out of excess fatty tissues. The process involves making an incision higher up in patient’s armpit, or near the areola region. Into the incision is then inserted a cannula that is attached to vacuum pump. After that, the insert is moved through the various layers, a process that leads to the fat breaking up and then being sucked out.
There are cases in which large volumes of glandular tissues or fats are removed, making it difficult for the skin to contract back to the smaller breast. This means that it may be necessary to get rid of excess skin to recontour the breast. Recovery after this kind of surgery will be gradual. In order to minimize bleeding risks, you need to take things really slow especially during the first week after surgery. But after going through the first week, you can expect to have really rapid progress. After three weeks, you should be able to start practicing light exercise.
Expect to have scarring in the areola (the part around the nipple) but the good thing is that it tends to go away with time and become even less visible. Also, there may be post operation swelling, bruising and even a burning sensation. You will be expected to wear elastic pressure garment for between 3 to 6 weeks. Also, you will have to ensure that for the next 6 months, you don’t expose the scarred area to the sun.
There are also other considerations that include temporary numbness and this can even last up to one year. However, it is nothing serious and will go away with time.
How men boobs affects a man’s mental health
• Rebellious attitudes in young men
Because of the unusual nature of men having breasts, man boobs may attract unnecessary attention from others. This in turn leads to nervousness and awkwardness in the men whom it affects. In young people, they will tend to develop rebellious attitudes at certain points in their lives. They may as well be degraded by their friends as not being real men.
• Fear of relationships
This is yet another psychological effect that men with man boobs go through. These men are not exactly enthralled by being in relationships especially with their female partners. This is because they are always feeling less manly.
• Lack of confidence
Being that they don’t feel manly enough, they cannot express themselves confidently. They tend to feel substandard when in the company of other men with flatter chests.
There is no need to suffer from this problem alone. Get help from a surgeon through an appropriate male breast reduction program.