Gynecomastia (male breasts) is on the rise. The term gynecomastia (male breasts) is becoming more widely known, but the derogatory terms, i.e., man boobs, bitch tits, and moobs to name a few, are more descriptive and hit home with a lot of men.
Excess breast tissue is a result for men who have a hormonal imbalance. The National Institute of Health states that 65% of men will be affected at some stage in their life with some form of gynecomastia. It used to be that most men seeking male breast reduction surgery were bodybuilders who used steroids, male models, and the aging male.
Since the ‘70s and ‘80s, there has been a gradual decline of testosterone in men. And since 1980 testosterone levels in men has dropped 25%. Chances of developing diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and gynecomastia double when testosterone levels decline.
Why are Testosterone Levels in Men Dropping?
Researchers are trying to determine why estrogen levels in men are increasing, and testosterone is decreasing by looking at current lifestyles.
You may have heard the warnings about Bisphenol A (BPA) and that it is something you want to avoid. BPA is a chemical that hardens plastic. The chemical is everywhere; in fact, 90% of us have some in our bodies now. BPA can be in plastic containers and bottles that hold food and beverages. The FDA believed that BPA was safe until 2010 when studies showed the chemical might be risky. BPA can alter your natural hormone balance; it is linked to many health issues, including gynecomastia.
How to Avoid BPA
Many products now claim to be BPA free as consumer awareness increases. It is advisable to store food in glass, stainless steel, or porcelain. When heating food in the microwave, do not use plastic as BPA can seep into food.
There may be BPA in the epoxy coatings in the lining of some canned foods; however, many manufacturers are removing BPA. It isn’t always noted if your canned goods are BPA free, you can check the color of the inside lining, if it is white it contains BPA, you want off white, copper color, reddish or yellow. Unfortunately, there have been instances of BPA found in some products that claim to be BPA free. For men who want to avoid BPA, it is better to eat fresh or frozen foods.
Is Soy Healthy?
Soy products have been considered a healthy food, but studies have shown significant amounts of soy may lead to gynecomastia. There was a story about a 60 year-old man with gynecomastia who was consuming 3 quarts of soy milk a day when he stopped on the advice of his endocrinologist, his man boobs disappeared. Different people have different reactions to soy; it is best to avoid any genetically modified organism (GMO) when purchasing soy; unfortunately, it is in the majority of soy products today.
Watch Your Hops!
Two alcoholic beverages a day can lower testosterone, and the hops in beer are known to contain estrogen. Not all hops are bad; it contains xanthohumol, which is known to have anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties. Note that your body metabolizes alcohol first and then may store food as fat.
For more information on this subject, you may read the entire article here.
See Your Gynecomastia Specialist for Evaluation
While all the causes for gynecomastia are not known, your gynecomastia specialist will want to review with you your lifestyle, diet, medications, and even hygiene products to rule out some of the suspected triggers of man boobs.
Click here to find a Gynecomastia specialist in your area.
When Jason’s mom discovered her son was searching gynecomastia.org for information, she realized her son’s breast development was causing him more stress than she realized. Jason’s pediatrician had told them that his male breasts would probably resolve on their own within two years without any type of intervention. However, if his moobs remained after those two years, then they may be permanent, and can only be corrected by surgery.
Jason Schedules Surgery
After three years, Jason’s mom delicately asked her son if he would like a consultation with gynecomastia specialist, Miguel Delgado, M.D. Jason seemed very relieved to get support from his mother but his embarrassment was very obvious, and he asked if his father could take him for a consultation. Father and son met with Dr. Delgado; they were impressed with Dr. Delgado, his sensitive staff, and state of the art surgery center. They were impressed with Miguel Delgado, M.D.’s expertise which was revealed through many before and after pictures of male breasts, some of which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nr6cNvjc7s
With much anticipation, Jason’s surgery was scheduled. Although he was quite nervous, he told his parents that it was “a piece of cake!” He had a very easy recovery, and before long he was able to enjoy all the outdoor activities that required removal of his shirt within a very short time. View Jason’s before and after gynecomastia surgery pictures below.
Jason and his parents were elated with his surgical results; in fact, Jason’s father announced that he was going to schedule male breast reduction surgery for himself with Dr. Delgado. Jason’s mom was surprised that her husband wanted surgery; she had no idea that his man boobs bothered him, as they never bothered her.
The Light Pull-Through Procedure
Jason’s father, Tom scheduled a consultation. Tom was surprised to find that since his gynecomastia was only moderate and he had good skin elasticity, that he was a candidate for the gynecomastia treatment referred to as the “light pull-through” procedure. The light pull-through procedure is less invasive and has a faster recovery. A 3 to 5 mm incision is made at the lower edge of the areola where the fat and tissue are removed with a pickle fork type instrument. Since the light pull-through procedure is less invasive, the gynecomastia cost is significantly less.
Tom’s Before and After Pictures
Tom’s only regret is that he didn’t have male breast reduction surgery sooner.
Dr. Miguel Delgado and his staff recently welcomed Dr. Ivan Puah from Singapore to Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center, to further hone his surgical skills in gynecomastia surgery.
Dr. Miguel Delgado shared clinical and surgeries cases with Dr. Ivan Puah. Both doctors exchanged experiences on cases they have seen and performed, including post-surgery complications, surgical approaches, and more.
It was rewarding for Dr. Ivan Puah to receive one-on-one mentorship from Dr. Miguel Delgado in gynecomastia surgeries as well as observation of liposuction and a tummy tuck procedure. At the clinic, Dr. Ivan Puah had the opportunity to observe consultations, pre-operative patients, and management of post-operative patients who were having drain and suture removal.
Dr. Ivan Puah has been practicing medicine for more than 20 years with training in various disciplines including general surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, dermatology, and many more. Since the establishment of his medical aesthetic practice, Amaris B. Clinic in 2004, Dr. Ivan Puah has been performing various types of surgical body sculpting procedures such as laserlipolysis, liposuction, VASER® Lipo, fat grafting, and gynecomastia.
Dr. Ivan Puah is a certified VASER® practitioner, obtaining his VASER® Body Sculpting training in Colorado and Argentina. In Singapore, he is accredited and recognized by the Ministry of Health to perform surgical body sculpting procedures.
“Gynecomastia is the top main concern for male patients in Singapore. As a doctor, it is important to provide patients with honest, ethical advice, as they put their trust in you; while managing their expectations realistically, working with them on achieving the results they want,” explains Dr. Ivan Puah.
We asked Dr. Ivan Puah on his key takeaway from the training, and he stated, “It was a very fruitful trip. Although I have been performing gynecomastia surgery for years, I am extremely humbled to have the opportunity to receive further training and to be mentored personally by Dr. Miguel Delgado, who is an expert in this field. He is very approachable, yet professional, and always ready to give advice. I look forward to more learning opportunities with Dr. Miguel Delgado in the near future.”
Gynecomastia.org, a popular educational online site, set up by Dr. Miguel Delgado and his team, is dedicated to providing comprehensive information for males who are facing issues with manboobs.
“I am glad that gynecomastia.org offers a platform for patients to share their experiences, research for the right information for their specific concerns and treatment options. To be listed on the doctor’s panel provides physicians like myself another useful channel to communicate and offer appropriate advice,” says Dr. Ivan Puah.
Visit https://www.gynecomastia.org/ to learn more about gynecomastia. To learn more about Dr. Ivan Puah, visit his biography here.
The “wrinkle fairy,” cosmetic medicine expert Leslie Forrester, visits the TV show “The Windy City Live.” See her interview where she explains how CoolSculpting, the non-invasive fat reduction treatment can help men remove trapped fat from their bellies, love handles, and MAN BOOBS! Click here for more…
Please note: CoolSculpting for man boobs is a treatment for men with pseudogynecomastia only; it will not diminish glandular breast tissue and therefore is not recommended.
Gynecomastia specialists’ see too often the cases of male breast reduction done by less experienced surgeons. Many gynecomastia revision cases are necessary because the primary surgeon removed too much fat and tissue leaving a “crater deformity,” or in some cases, not removing enough tissue. A large percentage of revision cases are due to liposuction alone being performed, and there is breast tissue left behind.
Just because a doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) doesn’t mean that is the right surgeon for your procedure. There are hundreds of plastic surgery procedures; no surgeon can “master” all of them.
So what makes a gynecomastia “specialist?” In searching for your surgeon, it is important to do your homework. Things to look for in your surgeon are:
• How many years has the surgeon been performing male breast reduction surgery?
• How many cases does the surgeon do in a year? It should be in the hundreds.
• There should be available an extensive photo gallery of before and after surgery.
Gynecomastia surgery is very complex; each patient needs to have a surgery plan based on their unique case. For example, bodybuilders do not need removal of excess fat or skin. However, they can be at a higher risk for bleeding due to an increase in blood flow in the chest muscles that are highly developed.
Beware of advertised discounts and specials on surgery fees. Specialists have devoted many years to perfecting their skills. Specialists are in high demand; they do not need to “reduce” their fees to attract new patients. Unless they should get an unavoidable cancellation, you may find that you have to wait a few months to get on their surgery schedule. But it will be worth the wait, avoid the possibility of gynecomastia revision surgery which will compromise your results and add additional fees. Remember you get what you pay for.