Gynecomastia is a common, typically embarrassing problem for men, with no easy solutions. It is a hormonal problem that causes male breast enlargement.
Established gynecomastia can only be corrected surgically, so many men have had to come up with temporary solutions to hide the problems.
While some mild cases of gynecomastia may cause men to wear baggy clothing, more severe male breast enlargement may make some men seek an option that offers more discretion, like a brassiere.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is hormonal in nature, occurring when too much estrogen is present in the male body. It is often a temporary problem in newborns and adolescents, normalizing when hormone levels settle.
It can be caused by health conditions, prescription drugs, anabolic steroids, illicit drug or alcohol use, and even marijuana.
For some, the problem won’t go away on its own. As many as half of all men will struggle with temporary or permanent gynecomastia at some point during their lifetime.
Why a Man Bra?
While many men might think that wearing a bra would increase the emotional discomfort and anxiety associated with gynecomastia, the fact is that those with severe gynecomastia have difficulty hiding the problem under baggy shirts.
Additionally, they may find that going without a bra is physically uncomfortable due to puffy nipples or hanging breasts.
Unfortunately, for men who choose this path, bras can be difficult to find that fit properly and are comfortable. If you are struggling with gynecomastia, you should never have to feel self-conscious about managing the problem. Just do what you think is best for you, whether that means surgical correction or support garments.
Surgical Solutions for Permanent Treatment
Of course, wearing a bra or similar garment is far from an ideal solution for most men. Permanent male breast reduction is a long-term solution that more and more men are choosing.
Gynecomastia surgery is very safe and effective when performed by an experienced, cosmetic or plastic surgeon. Depending on the degree of breast enlargement, the surgery involves the use of gentle laser liposuction techniques to destroy excess fat cells combined with breast gland excision for overall improvement of the contour of the chest.
Patients can typically be back to most regular activities within a week or two, with longer restrictions on strenuous exercise and weight lifting.
Expert New York Gynecomastia Surgeons
If you’re considering a permanent solution to gynecomastia, then you’ll need the help of an expert. Our surgeons have helped many patients get confidence-boosting results and a masculine chest contour once again.
For more information and to schedule your free consultation, contact our Commack, Long Island or Manhattan, NYC locations today.