It is often assumed that men do not care about their looks the way women do, but that is the first myth of this blog. Men can be self-aware just as much as women are; and if a man looks at himself in the mirror and sees a chest that resembles female breasts, he just might panic. Men with breasts are not losing their masculinity, nor their identity as a male; they are just dealing with a condition known as gynecomastia.
Men with enlarged breasts suffer in silence because gynecomastia is rarely discussed. Without informative discussions, many man-boob myths are still taken for the truth. Rodeo Surgical Art of Beverly Hills is bringing gynecomastia out of the closet and debunking some common misgivings about the disorder.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the enlargement of the glandular or breast tissue of the male breast due to hormone imbalance or hormone therapy.
- In response to too much of the female hormone estrogen or too little of the male hormone, testosterone, the glandular tissue of the breast swells and forms a breast bud.
- Gynecomastia can occur during infancy, puberty and in middle-aged and older men.
Debunking the Myths of Gynecomastia
Myth Number One: More Exercise Will Get Rid of Man-Boobs
Unfortunately, working out will not eliminate glandular tissue, which is often the cause of Gynecomastia. Building up the pectoral muscles can, in fact, make the male breasts more noticeable.
Myth Number Two: Male Breasts Are Simply Fat Deposits
The breasts of both males and females are made up of a combination of glandular tissue and fatty tissue. An overabundance of glandular tissue is often the main component of Gynecomastia, which is why exercise alone will not fix the disorder.
Myth Number Three: Gynecomastia is a Sign of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer and enlarged male breasts are two conditions that are unrelated. It is beneficial to have a doctor evaluate you if you have gynecomastia, your doctor will be able to determine the underlying cause of the enlarged breast tissue.
Myth Number Four: Gynecomastia Can Be Reduced with Pills and Creams
Getting rid of man-boobs is not that simple. There are times when the body’s hormones regulate themselves, and the breasts can lose prominence. Often though it is only surgery that can restore a flat chest.
Myth Number Five: Gynecomastia is a Genetic Condition
While there are genetic components that can lead to gynecomastia, any man can be affected by the condition. Gynecomastia can be triggered by various factors like age, prescription medications and performance enhancing steroids. An increase in estrogen levels in the body can even lead to gynecomastia.
Myth Number Five: Eliminate Gynecomastia by Increasing Testosterone Level with Anabolic Steroids
Taking steroids will not reduce the size of man-boobs, in fact, the use of anabolic steroids will make the breasts bigger. Taking steroids to shift hormones can be destructive and dangerous, the best option is to seek experienced medical help.
During your initial consultation, Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. David Mashhadian can make his diagnosis, determine if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction and discuss the optimal treatment plan for you.
There are two ways to perform male breast reduction surgery:
- The first is to perform liposuction on the breast and glandular tissue that is in excess around the nipple and in sitting in the lower portion of the breast
- The other is through glandular reduction mammoplasty; this is performed by making a small incision on the lower portion of the areola and removing a small gland in addition to liposuction.
Both treatments are effective and are even more so when done together. Dr. Mashhadian is an expert with the training, certification, and experience necessary to treat gynecomastia. He will ensure your comfort as well as safety during your time at Rodeo Surgical Art.
Rodeo Surgical Art
Dr. Mashhadian and his staff are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of excellence. At our boutique Beverly Hills practice you will always be given the utmost care and attention. At Rodeo Surgical Art the satisfaction and safety of the patients are our top priorities.
Dr. Mashhadian takes his time with each patient so he can go over all options, including the benefits and disadvantages of any procedure and always makes time to speak with his patients whenever they need him.