Gynaecomastia (man boobs) is a common condition in boys and men. The breasts swell, becoming abnormally large. All women and men have breast glands, but they aren’t noticeable in men since they are small and undeveloped. In males, breast gland enlargement may affect older men, boys during puberty and newborns.
Gynaecomastia can appear as a firm or rubbery mass that often starts from underneath your nipple and spreads outwards over your breast area. It normally affects both of your breasts, but in different amounts, hence there’s asymmetry. It can also affect one of your breasts. The growing tissue can sometimes be tender or painful. Gynaecomastia can lead to social and psychological damage, resulting in embarrassment and anxiety.
How Common Is Gynaecomastia?
Gynaecomastia statistics show that the condition is quite common. Enlargement without any other symptoms occurs in 60 per cent to 90 per cent of newborns and 50 per cent to 60 per cent of boys in puberty (breast development is often affected by hormonal changes). It is common for your chest contour to flatten out naturally when you are around your 20s, but this is not always the case.
The condition is more prevalent among adult men: 65 per cent of men who are aged between 27 and 92 years, experience some degree of gynecomastia. The symptoms of gynecomastia may be similar, but the causes of this condition in adults and adolescents vary. Besides hormone imbalances that often occur over time, in adults, certain medical conditions can cause male breast enlargement. This includes pituitary gland cancer and thyroid problems. Recreational drugs (like marijuana) and the consumption of alcohol can also cause gynecomastia.
For men who desire to reduce their overdeveloped or enlarged breasts, gynecomastia surgery can help. During a gynecomastia surgery, medications are administered for the patient’s comfort. The options include general anaesthesia and intravenous sedation. Your doctor is going to recommend the option that’s best for you.
If excess skin or glandular breast tissue has to be removed to correct gynecomastia, excision techniques are recommended. Also, excision is necessary if your areola needs to be reduced or your nipple has to be repositioned to a natural male contour. Usually, incision patterns may vary depending on surgical preference and specific conditions. Gynecomastia is sometimes treated with both excision and liposuction.
If gynecomastia is the main cause of excess fatty tissue, your doctor can use, liposuction techniques alone. This requires the insertion of a cannula, through several small incisions. A cannula is a thin, hollow tube.
The cannula will be moved back and forth to loosen the excess fat. Then, the excess fat is removed from your body through vacuum suction. There are many liposuction techniques that can be used. Before the procedure, the most appropriate one for your case will be determined.
The physical results of gynecomastia surgery are incredible. The emotional effects are also significant. After the procedure, it is natural for people to have a dramatic boost in self-esteem. Treating gynecomastia can help you reveal your best self and feel better about your appearance. Other procedures that can help you feel even better about your appearance are otoplasty, which is the surgical reshaping of your outer ear or pinna and blepharoplasty, which is a surgical procedure that repairs droopy eyelids.