It is unreasonable to say that every man wants a Superman chest. Many men are content with their shape even when they don’t have bulging pectoral muscles. Where we slip into a danger zone is when the chest loses all semblance of masculinity. We call this condition gynecomastia, in which a man grows female-like breasts. Gynecomastia is not always so extreme that a man has literal breasts. For some men, gynecomastia presents as puffy nipples. Regardless, the condition can be difficult to navigate. That’s why, here, we will discuss why male breast reduction makes sense for many men.
Hormonal Imbalance and the Male Body
Studies have demonstrated that, while several factors can contribute to gynecomastia, hormones play a relatively prominent role. This can be a tricky piece of information because, recognizing this correlation, some unscrupulous companies have developed “all natural” products that they claim will balance hormones and resolve the male breast problem. Clinically, this has not been proven. On the contrary, hormone balancing using herbs and other non-regulated products can be dangerous.
In some instances, hormone-related gynecomastia has been linked to medication use. In such cases, if the medication is changed, the excess breast tissue may go away on its own. This is the exception, not the rule, which is one of several reasons male breast reduction has become increasingly popular.
Reasons Men Have Gynecomastia Surgery
More Openness to Cosmetic Surgery
The United States has had a particular view of plastic surgery that is quite different than other countries. For example, in Brazil, it is quite common for men and women of all ages to have plastic surgery and to talk about what they’ve had done or plan to have done. In the States, we’ve been much more reserved about our cosmetic endeavors. Recently, it has become much more acceptable to have plastic surgery and talk about it. This switch in perspective has given men the permission (that they really didn’t need) to seek help for male breast enlargement.
Improved Sense of Self
Most people realize that their appearance is one small facet of their overall Self. Confidence and self-esteem are derived from multiple factors. Still, a man whose chest looks feminine is often subjected to cruel comments. Peers may not realize the toll that terms like “man boobs” have on one’s sense of confidence. It doesn’t matter if gynecomastia affects only the nipples or if breast enlargement involves sagging tissue, a man can suffer immense anxiety and embarrassment by his shape.
Gynecomastia surgery is a streamlined process that often involves a simple liposuction procedure. As such, men may be back to most of their normal activities within a week or so of male breast reduction. To learn more about this procedure, call 513.985.0850.