Buff, large, and sturdy chest is what a man dreams of attaining with his body, but not everyone achieves what they dream of, especially when they experience gynecomastia. More often than not, even with enough or excessive push-ups, bench presses, or any exercise, gynecomastia can be as stubborn as it gets. What is gynecomastia? What are the causes? How can we get rid of them? Is it worth getting gynecomastia surgery?
Having a buff and plump chest can boost a man’s confidence as many find it attractive. It can make you feel sturdy and strong, however not in every case. For example, if you have gynecomastia, a condition wherein the breast glands in boys or men increase, it can make the male breast more prominent, and can lead to the feeling of embarrassment.
What are the causes of gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is commonly caused by an imbalance in testosterone and estrogen hormones. These two hormones control traits in both men and women. Testosterone controls male traits, and on the other hand, estrogen controls female characteristics. As we all may know, when these hormones become imbalanced, some conditions may physically manifest in a person. A perfect example of this is gynecomastia, wherein the glands increases due to an imbalance in estrogen.
This condition can affect a male at any stage of his life. For instance, it can be present in infants caused by their mother’s estrogen while the fetus is still in the womb. However, these usually go away after a week or two. Gynecomastia is also common in boys during their puberty. This stage wherein the imbalance in hormones is prevalent, but it can be considered typical in this stage of a male since the condition usually goes away after six months or a year.
After puberty, the condition can still appear during teenage years, early adulthood, and even late adulthood. Whereas, during the late middle age up to late adulthood, gynecomastia is at its peak prevalence. It affects 1 out of 4 men on the stage, as mentioned earlier.
Gynecomastia can be as natural as read earlier. However, several factors can affect a man’s body. Certain health conditions can also be caused, such as hypogonadism, tumors, hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, liver failure, malnutrition, and starvation. In addition to that, medications such as — anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, AIDS medication, Anti-anxiety medications, tricyclic antidepressants, cancer treatments, antibiotics, etc., are common factors of gynecomastia.
What to consider to get rid of this?
In terms of breast enlargement in men, gynecomastia can be categorized as “true-gynecomastia” or “pseudogynecomastia.” True-gynecomastia is the condition wherein the breast glands increase. On the other hand, Pseudogynecomastia appears the same. However, it is commonly caused by excess fats in the breast.
Like any other excess fats, the condition can be reduced or removed by proper diet and exercise, especially in cases of pseudogynecomastia.
Meanwhile, with other people, exercise is not enough to treat and get rid of the condition. It will be visible, and you will have that feeling that the enlargement of your breasts is really caused by gynecomastia. In this case, you might want to consider surgery.
There are two surgeries known to get rid of the condition – Gynecomastia Liposuction and Gynecomastia Pull Through Technique. Gynecomastia liposuction is a surgical procedure where stubborn fats are removed. Gynecomastia with pull through technique is a surgical procedure where small incisions are made below the areola, then breast glands are removed. Often times these procedures are performed together, however each patient’s surgery plan differs.
The next question that would come into your mind is, “Am I a candidate for which surgery?”. Both surgeries can be considered if you have already tried proper diet and exercise. If you happen to be overweight, the doctors will recommend doing the first step, which is the aforementioned — proper diet and exercise.
To keep it simple, if you have gynecomastia, and you have already done your best with push-ups, bench presses, and other chest workout routines and results are still the same, gynecomastia surgery is a procedure to consider.
Is it worth it to go through the surgery? As aforementioned earlier, if you have already gone through the first step — proper workout and exercise — and you still get minimal to no results, surgery is the reliable choice to consider. Why?
Do you happen to have gynecomastia? Or you just have excessive breast fat that won’t go away no matter how hard you work it out? You’re on the right track! We, at Grossman Capraro Plastic Surgery, have the best surgeons around town. We’ll get rid of those unwanted fats in your breasts as long as you are a good candidate for it. Are you wondering if you’re a good candidate? Then give us a call to schedule your consultation! Let’s increase your self-confidence and enjoy your new physique!