Voted the most valuable player for 1974 and 1975, Bernie Parent was inducted into the National Hockey League Hall of Fame in 1984. The famous goalie had a tagline stating “only the Lord saves more than Bernie Parent.” His successful career on the ice ended from an injury to his eye from a hockey stick in 1979.
Who would have guessed that this famous athlete suffered in silence since his teen years with gynecomastia? Unlike most young men, his male breasts did not go away after puberty, and he spent the next 50+ years trying to hide his chest with loose shirts that he never removed in public.
At age 70, Bernie Parent finally had enough humiliation from his man boobs. He has shared his story of how he missed spending time at the beach with his children and grandchildren due to his shame of having male breasts. He hasn’t owned a bathing suit in over 40 years! The last straw was when he didn’t feel comfortable taking his shirt off when out on his boat, he decided it was time to do something about it and sought the advice of a plastic surgeon.
He was happy to learn there is a non-surgical procedure that reduces fat. True gynecomastia is a combination of fat and breast tissue, which requires a surgical procedure combining liposuction and surgical excision. However, pseudo-gynecomastia that is caused mostly by fat might be treated by CoolSculpting.
CoolSculpting can be performed in a medical office under a physician’s supervision. The procedure uses FDA approved cooling technology to reduce layers of fat. It takes several weeks for the results to be evident, but the slow dissipation of the fat cells allows the skin the shrink back naturally leaving a natural looking result.
After two treatments, Bernie was amazed at the difference in his chest. He could go for a third treatment, but is very happy with his results to date. By going public with his story in January 2015 in an article in South Jersey Times, he hopes to help other men avoid the misery he experienced.