Any man suffering from gynecomastia (man boobs) can be told a million times that it is a common occurrence in as many as 65 to 70 percent of the male population at some point in their lives, but that does nothing to ease his embarrassment
Since large breasts are traditionally equated with the female gender, having man boobs can erode his sense of masculinity.
As a man, you may want to know how you came to have such enlarged breasts and what you can do about it. The good news is that there are effective treatments.
However, results vary from person to person, so it is in your best interest to understand exactly what this condition is and which treatment may be best suited to your diagnosis.
The right treatment can give you back the confidence you need to overcome the stigma you and others may have attached to man boobs.
You may have heard that liposuction is a common treatment for gynecomastia, often simply referred to as “gyno.”
This is true, but sometimes gynecomastia liposuction isn’t sufficient on its own. Sometimes liposuction is used in conjunction with other treatments, depending on the diagnosis.
The first thing you need to do is contact a board-certified cosmetic or plastic surgeon to determine the root cause of your enlarged breasts.
These would include, but are not limited to:
And again, those are just some of the causes of man boobs, but the most common is a hormonal imbalance where the body is secreting a greater level of estrogen than testosterone.
In order to determine how to proceed with treatment, a definitive diagnosis must be achieved.
This will usually involve a battery of tests as requested by your doctor.
So, when is gyno liposuction necessary?
Of all the treatments for man boobs, gyno liposuction is the most common.
Whether used alone or in conjunction with some other surgical or pharmaceutical treatment, some form of traditional or newer hi-tech liposuction procedure will be prescribed.
You should note that traditional liposuction is more often used as part of a treatment in conjunction with other therapies.
However, when obesity is the underlying cause for enlarged breasts in a male, liposuction is often the best treatment and may not accompany other therapies.
When undergoing tradition methods of gynecomastia liposuction, the surgeon will typically seek to break down the tissue in the breasts prior to suctioning it out.
The tissue in question is largely comprised of fat cells, but other surrounding tissue may be involved.
The procedure itself is considered to be minimally invasive and many people swear by this treatment because there is minimal scarring.
After breaking down the cells, a needle is inserted and cells are suctioned out. Here it is essential to note that the needle is usually inserted in a location that is not highly visible, such as under an arm.
When used for obesity, weight loss and dietary changes are prescribed in conjunction with lipo for the best and most permanent results. This is something which you should discuss with your surgeon.
Vaser liposuction for gynecomastia works on the same principle as outlined above except sound waves are used to break down fatty tissues.
Ultrasonic liposuction gynecomastia treatments are found to leave a lower prevalence of bruising and soreness than the traditional method of gyno liposuction.
That is the main difference but the reason for that goes beyond methodology. It has been found that vaser lipo treatments break down fewer connecting and surrounding tissues than in traditional lipo methods.
One of the issues which many people have with traditional liposuction is that in breaking down the fatty cells to be extracted during lipo, other tissues are broken down as well and that there is often a significant amount of bruising and swelling that results.
You can expect this after a traditional liposuction for man boobs, but there may be some small amount of bruising or soreness after vaser lipo gynecomastia as well.
Also, even though liposuction is considered to be minimally invasive, there may be some amount of swelling after the treatment and that is to be expected.
Typically, your surgeon will advise you what to expect and what to do in the rare event you experience anything out of what they consider to be within the realm of ‘normal.’
In the end, what you should understand about gynecomastia is that it is more commonplace than you might imagine.
Statistically, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery says that as many as 50% of men will experience some degree of gynecomastia in their lifetime, but as mentioned above, some experts claim that percentage to be much higher.
Current statistics indicate that man boobs are present in:
These are figures released by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
While having man boobs can be a perfectly ‘normal’ experience, you cannot assume that without a proper diagnosis.
Sometimes, gynecomastia is the result of some underlying condition or disease and other times it’s related to obesity or a hormonal imbalance, which can be much less serious.
The only way to determine the ultimate cause of enlarged breasts in a male is to undergo a series of tests as prescribed by your specialist.
Surgery was traditionally thought to be the most effective treatment, especially in conjunction with liposuction, but newer ultrasonic technology has improved outcomes with minimal unwanted or painful effects.
It is up to you, as the patient, and your specialist to determine which treatment best suits you before making the ultimate decision.
The bottom line? There are effective ways to reduce the size of those man boobs, so you need never suffer embarrassment again.