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How Does Gynecomastia Affect Men and Boys?

How Does Gynecomastia Affect Men and Boys? 

Mr. Baliyan is a working professional in one of the MNCs in Gurgaon. During his puberty, he was diagnosed with thyroid issues along with enlarged breasts. Although he has been on medicine for an extended period, his swelling and puffiness of his breasts have not subsided. Even being a successful individual, he is still embarrassed about his body contour. He doesn’t have many friends, and his confidence is very low.

Similar to Mr. Baliyan, Yash has just started a career as a graphic designer in one of the start-ups in Gurgaon. As he has to spend a lot of time on the desktop, he has to sit on the chair for long hours. Within a couple of months, he put on some considerable amount of weight. This made him look bulky. However, what bothered him the most was the enlargement of his breasts and puffiness of his nipples. He started losing his self-confidence and went into a state of depression.

Psychological Impact of Gynecomastia in Men

There has been enough research conducted to study the effects of gynecomastia in young boys and men. All these studies have pointed to one fact- There is a psychological impact of gynecomastia including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. In addition to this, they are highly unsatisfied with their body contour and their self-esteem is terribly hampered.

Young boys and men suffering from gynecomastia have negative psychological effects such as deficits in general health, unable to attend social gatherings, dampened self-esteem and problems with attitude.

According to a researcher of a study published in Journal of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, it is important to take necessary steps at the early stages of gynecomastia to curb the negative physical as well as emotional effects due to gynecomastia.

Why Do Men Develop Gynecomastia?

The main cause of gynecomastia developing in men is hormonal imbalance. When there is a disbalance between estrogen and testosterone levels in the male body, their breasts swell as a symptom. It is important to know the factors that increase the chances of gynecomastia. This will help men lower the chances of gynecomastia considerably.

Who Should Consider Treatment for Gynecomastia?

From early puberty to middle puberty, teenagers are likely to develop gynecomastia due to hormonal changes. Although, within six months the swelling subsides without any treatment as the hormonal balance normalizes. It is also common if the gynecomastia lasts for up to two years. In such cases, when the symptoms persist even after two years, young men should consider looking for other options to reduce the swelling.

Ideally, the candidate for gynecomastia surgery is someone who-

  • Have stabilized breast development
  • Is mentally disturbed due to enlarged breasts

What is the Treatment for Gynecomastia in Men and Boys?

According to an article published in the official medical journal of American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “Our results indicate that careful and regular evaluation for gynecomastia may benefit adolescents regardless of BMI status or severity of gynecomastia.”

With the introduction of most advanced treatment options for gynecomastia such as liposuction and gland excision surgery, people are able to get rid of gynecomastia more effectively. More and more people in Gurgaon are opting for surgical interventions to treat gynecomastia permanently. Various treatment options offer varying degrees of results.

One can try using non-surgical techniques such as herbal supplements, exercises or special diet regimes to cure the early stages of gynecomastia. However, the problem may not be treated completely with these treatment options. The best treatment for treating gynecomastia in Gurgaon is liposuction along with gland excision surgery.

  • Liposuction- This procedure involves removing excess fatty tissue through a tube after making small incisions.
  • Gland excision- Excision is the process of removing tissue with a scalpel. Generally, after excision there is a small scar around the nipple. However, our surgeons ensure that there have minimal scarring after the surgery.

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