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If everyone teased you about the size of your breasts in high school and you're a guy, you probably suffer from gynecomastia. If so, let's hope you have some supportive female friends who can help you find gynecomastia treatment, especially since your brother and father still rib you. Gynecomastia simply means that men have an excess of breast tissue, literally, "breasts like a woman." You're probably among the 40 to 60 percent of men who have it.
The cures for gynecomastia depend on the cause. Normally among adolescent boys, one in four males will have gynecomastia because of those pesky hormone changes. Usually, gynecomastia disappears on its own before you enter college. If it doesn't...well, you know all about that. While you're dealing with your gynecomastia and gynecomastia treatment, don't be ashamed.
In many cases, you might not have caused it--thyroid, tumor and liver diseases can make you develop this condition. If you treat the underlying condition, your breasts will probably shrink. If not, you may have to consider gynecomastia surgery.
You're ready to make the move. The move to gynecomastia surgery, so that you can make a move without feeling self-conscious. But you've heard the move may involve a new groove--liposuction. What do you tell your friends? Liposuction as a gynecomastia treatment is nothing to worry about, and doesn't cause excess scarring.
In general, surgeons try to minimize scarring so that you can go shirtless or wear a light shirt--scars typically fade within six months. Tumescent liposuction will remove excess fat from one or both of your breasts during gynecomastia surgery. A small scar around the nipple as well as scars where rods were inserted will be the only marks to indicate you've had gynecomastia treatment--as if a reduction in cup size weren't enough. You don't have to tell anyone you're having lipo and gynecomastia surgery. It's up to you. Plastic surgery is supposed to make you confident, so you can make the move and be in the groove.
You've got your game on. You're mentally and emotionally ready to have breast reduction. You're even going with your wife, who is having breast reduction--everybody knows you're a supportive spouse. What else do you need to do?
You may not be popular thanks to your enhanced male breasts, but gynecomastia surgery is. While Botox, microdermabrasion, collagen injections, chemical peels, and laser hair removal were the most popular male procedures in 2004 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, gynecomastia treatment is in demand. The Gynecomastia surgeries grew 48% from 1997 to 2001 in the U.S.
The average cost for that popularity is $2,700, although we've seen figures of $3,000, and the ASPS 2004 survey reported that average surgeon's fees were $2,812. Insurance may not cover gynecomastia, no mater how popular it is. You can explain that your condition is congenital (my dad had it too), or part of treatment for a new illness. Check with your insurance carrier--gynecomastia is considered medically necessary if the breasts interfere with your everyday activity. Talk to your doctor about gynecomastia, and you can cure the problem so that you, rather than your disorder, can be in demand.
If you're a McDonald's junkie with one or both breasts enlarged and you're a guy, do two things:
It's worth noting that men who are too thin can also develop gynecomastia, so if you're anorexic or bulimic or wasting away because of disease, do two things:
"Can't help you with the dishes, honey, I just had surgery." While most guys are experts at getting out of household chores, you can't use gynecomastia treatment as an excuse. Pain goes away after about 24 hours once the anesthesia wears off. Doing dishes doesn't involve heavy lifting, which isn't recommended after gynecomastia surgery. Plus, after your wife scrimped and saved to pay for the cost of gynecomastia surgery, you could at least do the dishes and dust. She can take out the trash--just don't let her catch you golfing, since you're supposed to return to office work a week after the procedure, physical labor two weeks after.
Avoid the sun for two to three months, which means no leaf raking at noon in summer, and wear your compression vest that helps tissues heal and reduces swelling. But once you've recovered, take out the trash, rake the leaves and clean the gutters with a smile.
I can't afford gynecomastia surgery, you think as you take a bong hit or inject yourself with anabolic steroids. The cost of gynecomastia surgery is prohibitive. Besides, if I take more drugs, I won't be embarrassed about my gynecomastia. After all, I'm not embarrassed about my drug habit.
Here's a reason to get into rehab: Alcoholics, marijuana and heroin users, and steroid junkies cause their own female-like breasts. Hormone and chemical changes contribute to gynecomastia. Scared straight yet? Good. Get into a rehab program and don't quit. Go as many times as you have to, because until you do, you can't cure your gynecomastia.
Stop using steroids--enhance your muscles through a sensible weight training program. Getting clean will also cause your breasts to reduce, but if you're still burderned with gynecomastia, take the money you would have blown on drugs and apply it to the cost of gynecomastia surgery. Note that medications with high levels of estrogen (duh) can produce gynecomastia. Just say "no thanks" to your doctor and find a pharmaceutical substitute--legal of course.
If you use medical marijuana, consult your doctor about gynecomastia treatment. You won't be able to have gynecomastia surgery unless you're drug-free, even if the marijuana is medically necessary. You can't afford gynecomastia treatment. You're ashamed of your breasts. But if you continue to abuse hard drugs or take steroids, gunecomastia will be the least of your worries.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|