Gynecomastia (commonly referred to as “man boobs”) is a condition that affects more men than you might think–about half of American men will struggle with the condition at some point during their lives.
The good news is that gynecomastia is not a physically dangerous condition, and it is not typically linked to diseases like male breast cancer. The bad news is that gynecomastia can have severe psychological repercussions, as it often leads to poor self-esteem, lack of confidence, and more.
Some cases of gynecomastia are temporary, caused by normal hormone fluctuations, but whether the condition is temporary or permanent, each man has his own way of coping with “man boobs.”
Common Coping Mechanisms
Unfortunately, many of the ways men cope with gynecomastia end up hindering their normal activities. Common methods for minimizing the appearance of man boobs include:
Minimizing with Clothing
Many men wear large, baggy shirts to help hide man boobs as much as possible. Some go so far as to wear a compression garment or a “man boobs bra” or tight tank top to flatten the chest. Men often turn to darker colors and patterns like vertical stripes for a slimming effect.
Avoiding Social Situations
Often far more damaging to general lifestyle than wearing baggy clothing, most men with gynecomastia tend to avoid situations in which they must remove their shirts, including at the beach, in the locker room, or even the bedroom.
Trying Herbal Remedies & Exercises
Some men believe gynecomastia can be treated with chest exercises, creams, hormones (purchased on the black market), or herbal supplements. Many try to treat gynecomastia with medication other supplements. Unfortunately, these tactics do not reduce already-developed breast tissue, and are ineffective for reducing gynecomastia.
A Permanent Solution
It’s not healthy to avoid social situations on account of enlarged male breasts, and no man should have to feel self-conscious about his chest. For those who are ready to take action and get rid of man boobs for good, there is a solution: male breast reduction. At this time, surgery is the only effective treatment available for gynecomastia.
The procedure involves a gentle laser liposuction method to remove excess fat, along with excision of any extra breast gland tissue. The surgery should only be performed by a qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia treatment.
Meet with the Experts
Get ready to banish those baggy t-shirts, and meet with our gynecomastia surgery experts here in New York. Our specialists have helped hundreds of men regain confidence, and are standing by at our Long Island and NYC offices to discuss your goals for gynecomastia surgery, including information on how the procedure is done, costs involved, and more.
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