Gynecomastia: Definition and Treatment
Gynecomastia is a medical condition that can affect men of all ages, but especially teenagers and men who are on certain types of drug therapy. In the local lingo, gynecomastia is known as “Manboobs” and it can be treated effectively with a surgery.
Well, most gynecomastia experts or surgeons will advise you to wait before taking a treatment for Gynecomastia. Surprising as it may sound, but it is true that gynecomastia recedes with age as the hormonal fluctuations during the pubertal age simmer down gradually. Being patient till gynecomastia resolve son itself may not be an ideal situation but it could prove cost-effective.
Although exercise cannot completely reduce your gynecomastia, it can help lessen the fat that forms underneath the enlarged mammary gland. Exercise will also help your self-esteem and give a major boost to the overall quality of life. In some other cases, male bodybuilders who use steroids are also prone to getting gynecomastia. These steroids contain excess testosterone, which helps them to lift heavy weights, but the testosterone converts back to estrogen if it is not used, causing the man’s chest appear like breasts.
Surgery is considered the most effective and permanent cure for gynecomastia. However, since the gynecomastia Surgery is considered as a cosmetic treatment, itis frequently not covered by insurance, unless it is deemed a mental or physical health hazard.
After evaluating the type of Gynecomastia you are suffering with, your plastic surgeon will help you understand the procedure. Generally, the breast tissues are categorized into two kinds – Glandular tissues, which are dense and firm and Fatty tissues, which are soft.
The ratio of these both tissues varies from person to person. If the fatty tissue is excessive, liposuction may be needed whereas if the glandular tissue is overboard then the excess of it can be surgically removed with a scalpel. At times, a combination of both surgeries may be required to treat Gynecomastia.
The recovery time for your gynecomastia surgery is about six weeks. After week one, you should be able to return to work, but be asked to refrain from any strenuous physical activity for another five weeks. Three to six months after your surgery the swelling will disappear and you’ll be able to see your new chest for the first time. One of the downfalls of any cosmetic surgery is that your doctor may not go “far enough” with the knife – be sure to discuss your goals with your doctor before your surgery to prevent any miscommunications.
Gynecomastia is a treatable condition whether you choose to wait for it to dissolve naturally or get the surgery done on your chest.