“Gynecomastia Exposed” by R. Nair
by Cosmetic Surgery Researcher R. Nair
Gynecomastia is basically swelling of breast tissues in boys and men. The disease – which is an imbalance of hormones estrogen and testosterone – can develop in newborns, boys going through puberty, and even in adults. Gynecomastia isn’t a serious problem, but it can be quite embarrassing for the person suffering from it. The good thing is it goes on its own. However, if it persists, medication and Gynecomastia surgery may help. Speak to a doctor if you experience any of the symptoms listed below.
Here are two prominent symptoms of the disease:
- Breast tenderness
- Swollen breast gland tissue
When to see a doctor
You should see your doctor immediately if you notice:
- Nipple discharge in one or both breasts
Treatment and drugs
Gynecomastia may not need treatment, and often goes on its own in less than two years. However, if it is caused by some underlying condition, such as malnutrition, that condition may require treatment. If you are taking medications that may cause Gynecomastia, your doctor may ask you to stop those medications.
Gynecomastia surgery is an effective treatment, if non-surgical methods do not help the person. There are basically two different surgical procedures that may be considered in this case: one is Liposuction, and the other one is Mastectomy.
- Liposuction – in this surgical procedure, doctors only remove the fat from the breasts; however, breast gland tissue remains intact. It’s a common procedure these days, with high success rates.
- Mastectomy – this procedure involves removal of the breast gland tissue itself. Mastectomy can be performed laparoscopically, which means surgeons will make only small incisions on the body.
Coping and support
Having enlarged breasts can be embarrassing and frustrating for boys. Activities like swimming and changing for gym class can be quite traumatic. The affected person may easily become a target for teasing from peers. However, having Gynecomastia doesn’t mean you should hide yourself from the world. Try the things suggested below, and bring a positive change to your life.
- Reach out to family and friends – Speak with your near-and-dear ones. They will surely understand what you are going through. Their support will make you feel better and confident.
- Get counseling – Counsellors can help you find better ways to overcome the anxiety and depression that often come with Gynecomastia. Counseling can also help you talk better with your partner.
- Support groups – connect with others with Gynecomastia. This will help you understand and manage the disease better. There are several websites that provide forums for connecting with people suffering from Gynecomastia.
Last, but not the least, remember Gynecomastia isn’t a serious problem and that it disappears on its own. Gynecomastia surgery should be considered only when the problem causes significant pain, tenderness, or embarrassment. Remember, Gynecomastia or enlarged breasts should not mean a depressed life; you can live life to its fullest even with this problem.
Many hospitals provide effective treatments for Gynecomastia. All you need to do is consult a qualified doctor and find out the best treatment options for this condition.