Gynecomastia and Liposuction

It is true that most body contouring procedures are performed on far more women than men. However, when it comes to liposuction, the gap between female and male patients is remarkably small.

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The most popular areas for men to target with liposuction include the abdomen and love handles. Not surprisingly, men with abnormally large breasts also turn to liposuction.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the technical term for male breast enlargement. A common condition in males, it often occurs around puberty, lasting throughout life for a few. Other males are affected only in their latter years.

In many cases, the cause of gynecomastia is due to disease, excessive weight, medication affecting the natural hormonal balance of the sufferer, or other hormonal condition that increases levels of estrogen (the female sex hormone). It can also be caused by unknown reasons.

Men suffering from male breast enlargement experience an increase in the amount of glandular tissue and/or fat in the breasts. As a result, the size of their breasts, whether it be just one or both, enlarge to an abnormal size. Because breasts are perceived as a feminine trait, men with gynecomastia may feel that their masculinity is compromised. This causes extreme embarrassment for many sufferers and is profoundly damaging to their self esteem.

Treating Gynecomastia

Unfortunately, treatment for gynecomastia is limited. Determining the cause is essential to choose the right course of treatment, and diagnosis by a physician is highly recommended. A blood test or review of the patient's medical history may be performed. In the event a medical condition or medication is cited, a specialist should decide on a suitable course of action. Slimming down and toning the area is a great solution if gynecomastia is caused by weight gain. In this case, the condition is known as pseudo-gynecomastia, since it is primarily subcutaneous fat that is causing the problem.

Pseudo-gynecomastia can be effectively treated by cosmetic/plastic surgery.

Liposuction To Treat Gynecomastia

Liposuction has been widely used as a technique to achieve a desirable body contour that meets the expectations of its beneficiaries.

Liposuction to treat male breast enlargement is not a method of weight loss. It is designed only to improve the aesthetic appearance of the chest. As a result, men who are considering liposuction should be in a relatively healthy state, both physically and mentally. Obese men may be discouraged from undergoing the cosmetic surgical procedure. In addition, good skin elasticity can improve the results of liposuction.

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