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Elliot W. Jacobs, MD, FACS - Diplomate, American Board Of Plastic Surgery

Specializing in Primary &
Revision Gynecomastia Surgery

815 Park Avenue New York, NY 10021

Posture Prescriptions from your Peers

improving posture after gynecomastia surgery

Once you have male breast reduction surgery, your problems will be over, right?

It’s true that most of our New York man boob patients are elated after their procedure and feel they have a new lease on life. Some also find there are a few changes they want to make. Many develop a desire to head to the gym and generally shape up. A few need time to adjust psychologically to their new physique. For some, the issue is posture.

Guys with gynecomastia often slump their shoulders as one way to try to hide their man boobs. Along with other coping mechanisms, slouching can become a habit. Over time, it leads to poor posture—a condition that doesn’t automatically correct itself after gynecomastia surgery.

It’s a great idea to visit your primary care physician for a medical assessment of your posture and advice about straightening yourself out. But it’s also good to hear from your peers who have suffered through man boobs themselves. Here are some posture tips we discovered by browsing gynecomastia.org, a site where guys like you can share information and support.

Exercise
Several members of gynecomastia.org mentioned exercise as a way to gain improvement in posture in a relatively short time. Working to strengthen the lower back and the abs is especially recommended.

Yoga
Like working out at the gym, yoga (and other fitness systems like Pilates) can help strengthen your core muscles and improve balance and posture. These disciplines also encourage mindfulness, which may help you pay more attention to your posture whether exercising or not.

Stand against a wall
One guy who posted in the gynecomastia.org forum suggested standing against a wall whenever possible, keeping your back flush and letting your head relax forward just a bit. He says this is the correct position for the body when it’s upright. If there’s no wall handy, stand with your hands clasped behind your back. It’s hard to slouch in that position.

Show off your new chest
As it sinks in that you have the chest you’ve been wanting for some time, you may find it somewhat natural to straighten up. Men who post on gynecomastia.org say to show it off—even stick it out!

There’s lots of advice you can find elsewhere on the Internet too. Back braces, sports braces and posture correctors are offered for $30 and less, and if you browse them on a site like Amazon you can find reviews. You’ll find other tips on the ‘net that cost nothing, such as setting your watch or phone alarm to sound regularly to remind you to sit up straight.

“Good posture supports good health,” says a writer for the Mayo Clinic. She notes that poor posture can cause pain throughout the body, from your neck to your feet and even in your jaw. It can also give you tension headaches and cause your breathing to be inefficient, leading to fatigue.

For guys who have undergone surgery for gynecomastia, improving posture is a great goal to have. The Mayo Clinic suggests that standing straight and tall can enable you to use muscles more efficiently and prevent pain and injury. It can also boost your mood—and considering your investment in male breast reduction, you deserve to feel great!

Are you thinking about surgery for man boobs in New York? Improved posture is just one of the benefits you can look forward to. Call us at 212-570-6080 to find out more.

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