The Man Boob Questions Behind the Question
It never ceases to amaze us. We go online thinking we’ll answer detailed questions about gynecomastia: which type of anesthesia is best, where will my incisions be, what will happen to my nipples and other nuanced concerns. Almost without fail, the most frequent question we run into is the most basic: do I have gynecomastia?
It happens from time to time when we meet patients with man boobs in New York as well. Even in our consultation room, the first thing a man may want to know is, do I have moobs?
What Should We Answer?
Here’s why we find the question confounding. What will guys do if we say no? Suddenly become comfortable with an enlarged chest?
What will guys do if we say yes? Automatically know how to view the situation and what their strategy should be?
The answer is the same in either case: NO. This is why when we’re online we suggest men and teens who are unhappy with the appearance of their breasts consult a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in male breast reduction. Guys visit forums to ask about gynecomastia because they’re dissatisfied with their breasts. And the only way to change the situation is through male breast reduction surgery.
Don’t get us wrong. If you come in to consult us about man boobs in New York, we’ll examine you, lay out your options, discuss all your concerns thoroughly and let you decide. We know surgery may or may not be right for you, and we never push a patient to commit.
Your Thoughts Might Be…
But wait! You might say. If my moobs are mostly fat, maybe I can lose weight.
Yes, if you’re overweight it would be great if you could work on that. As you get close to an ideal weight you will be definitely healthier and probably happier. But you will still have man boobs. That’s because fatty tissue generates hormones that cause breast gland to grow. Your newly slim body will almost certainly sport a pair of breasts that have residual fat pockets left behind plus gland tissue. The slim cannula we use—of our own design—can suction away fat deposits and carefully excise breast gland, while laying down an even layer of tissue and draping your skin smoothly.
More Ideas for Getting Rid of Man Boobs
Ok, you may think. I haven’t been to the gym regularly for a long time. I can exercise and lift weights to tone up. Again, great idea. Unfortunately, as many of our man boobs patients in New York have found, as you develop your pecs, they tend to push the excess tissue outward. It’s true: pumping iron can make your moobs look more prominent. Not only that, we’ve found that guys with big breasts are often too embarrassed to hit the gym. Do get more exercise and build strength if you can, but don’t view this tactic as a path to a moob-less future.
Now, We’ve Got It
We finally reach the real issue—the questions behind the question. When someone asks, “do I have gynecomastia,” we often first give them our own definition: if you have breasts that are larger and out of proportion to the rest of your body, you have gynecomastia. Of course, we go on to answer their underlying questions, such as:
• Is there female-like breast gland in there?
• Does this make me less than a real man?
• Did I cause this to happen in some way?
• Is gynecomastia bad for my health?
• Can I make it go away without surgery?
The answers to these questions are yes to the first one, then no, no, no, no.
Let us reassure you. Gynecomastia is incredibly common. According to the Mayo Clinic, rates are 60 – 90% in newborns, 50 – 60% in adolescents and as high as 70% in older men. Many cases ultimately resolve themselves, particularly for male babies and teens, but some don’t.
It has nothing at all to do with overall manliness. And though there are some well-known triggers, such as steroids and certain medications, most man boobs have no obvious cause. Furthermore, gynecomastia is a benign condition and does not lead to other problems like male breast cancer.
Finally, the only reliable answer today is male breast reduction surgery. If that sounds drastic, here’s a final piece of reassurance: the procedure is straightforward and effective, and recovery is usually smooth.
That’s not to say that just any plastic surgeon will do. A good result requires a high degree of skill and lots of experience—attributes that most doctors don’t have. It’s worth traveling to work with a gynecomastia expert—call us at 212-570-6080 to talk it over. We would be very happy to hear from you.
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