Some men suffer from what is commonly referred to as “man boobs” although the actual name for the condition is gynecomastia. The term is derived from the Greek “gyne” meaning woman and “mastos” meaning breast. Gynecomastia is relatively common in adolescent boys, but most symptoms usually disappear by adulthood.
Approximately 30% of all men suffer from this condition. There are a number of suspected causes for gynecomastia such as hormonal imbalances in the breast tissue of men. This imbalance may be due to obesity, aging, puberty, alcohol and drug abuse, tumors, genetic disorders, medication side effects, and more. If you have gynecomastia make sure to discuss with your doctor about possible causes.
Living with gynecomastia is not easy; however there are a few solutions. The first could be as simple as diet and exercise. By changing your lifestyle to one that is healthy and full of nutritious meals and daily exercise you are burning more fat, which could be the cause of your gynecomastia. Also, make sure to stop using alcohol and any drugs as these can also give you gynecomastia.
If this does not reduce the size of your gynecomastia, surgery or liposuction could be an option. Make sure to discuss this with a doctor or surgeon.
One sure way of removing gynecomastia is breast reduction surgery. The surgery usually takes about 3 hours and the recovery time is about 7-10 days at home.
For patients whose breast size is caused solely by excessive fat tissue, gynecomastia reduction can be achieved through liposuction, which minimizes the risks of scarring and loss of sensitivity. Ultrasonic liposuction is another option; it uses sound waves to break up the fat.
Gynecomastia is a condition, which is embarrassing for a lot of men. Some feel guilty or humiliated about it. Many companies know this and maker “miracle cures” directed at men’s insecurities. The companies push everything from hormones to pills to exercise programs. But the truth is that none of these cures have any real scientific validity. Exercise can be a good option in some cases, but surgery or liposuction is often the only real cure.
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