Joseph T. Cruise MD
Gynecomastia, enlarged male breasts, can seriously affect the psyche of a man. In our society, it is all right for a man to have a few extra pounds around his stomach but not on the chest. I am not sure why this is but I suspect it is because of the feminizing quality that breast fat brings out. Many of my patients describe not being able to take of their shirt in public and, sometimes, even with their lover. This brings up many self-esteem issues. Within the media, treatment of gynecomastia does not get the attention that other plastic surgery procedures do, most likely because of the embarrassment associated with it. This is unfortunate; gynecomastia is very treatable. As a plastic surgeon, gynecomastia treatment is exceptionally satisfying to me because the results are predictably good. There are some men with poor quality skin who do not respond as well as others, but for the vast majority, the results are very good. It is not just the results that satisfy me but also the enhanced self-esteem that I see within my gynecomastia patients. I believe this is why gynecomastia has become a big part of my practice.