A manicured beard, a muscled physique, chiseled abs, and man boobs are surprisingly common attributes for about 15 percent of adult men. According to Dr. Jennifer Walden, a top-rated plastic surgeon in Texas, this disorder can be corrected.
A large percentage of men feel their breasts are too large, and thus unmanly. This breast growth is often perceived as embarrassing, and affects the quality of life. Recreational activities such as going to swimming pools, and tanning at the beach are usually avoided, and of course the impact of this appearance often burdens men with strong psychological stress.
Board-certified in plastic surgery, Dr. Jennifer Walden specializes in body contouring techniques. The 10-year veteran is one of Texas most admired doctors, and has ascended to the top of her field. “The subject of male breasts often takes a back seat to female augmentation,” says Dr. Jennifer Walden. “Magazine articles and advertisements are typically female oriented, so the conversation about this condition is often lost, however surgery for this male disorder is very common,” adds Dr. Walden.
The Causes of Male Breasts
Gynecomastia is an atypical development of the mammary gland that results in the appearance of feminine breast. However, there are two-types of the condition that are similar in appearance, but the causes are different. Other than the abnormality of the mammary gland, it can also be attributed to a hormonal disorder. An imbalance among male testosterone hormones and female estrogen hormones can confuse the mammary glands, causing the breast tissue to enlarge. Various medications can also causes male breasts to enlarge. Frequently, males in puberty also have gynecomastia for a short period. In fact, as many as 60 percent experience this abnormality. This is due to the ‘hormonal explosion’ that occurs during that age, and the problem simply regresses after a few months.
Gynecomastia is sometimes confused with pseudo-gynecomastia, which is only an excess of fat. In this case the male breast is formed from the accumulation of fat in the pectoral area, and is typically linked to being overweight, and the genetic makeup of the adipose tissue. “Overall, the causes for the development of male breasts are diverse, but both gynecomastia and pseudo-gynecomastia can be surgically corrected,” says Dr. Walden.
The surgery is short, it takes place under local anesthesia, and the patient can go home a few hours after surgery. The procedure is done by making a tiny incision, which is thin and barely visible, thanks to the use of lasers, and removing the disc of the mammary gland, along with the excess fatty tissue.
A detailed consultation will address these issues, and just about every case has favorable results.