About 15 million men or 15% of adult men have gynecomastia, aka man boobs, a condition characterized by swelling of the breast tissues due to an imbalance in the hormones estrogen and testosterone.
In Singapore, over 200,000 men are affected by this condition. Although it’s not a serious problem, surgery is an option for men who find it tough to cope with their condition. Gynecomastia surgical procedure is also an option for those who experience pain and feel embarrassed having swollen breasts or man boobs. This will improve your daily life and your self confidence.
Gynecomastia (man boobs) Causes and Symptoms
Men’s bodies mostly make the hormone testosterone. It’s the primary male sex hormone that plays an important role in the development of male reproductive tissues as well as in promoting male secondary sex characteristics.
Aside from testosterone, men’s bodies also make some estrogen. It’s the hormone that plays a role in the development and regulation of the female reproductive system and female secondary sex characteristics.
Gynecomastia develops when there is an imbalance of these two hormones. This can happen when a boy during puberty or a man in his adulthood produces less testosterone. There are also some medications like anabolic steroids, antibiotics, cancer drugs, and heart medications that throw off the balance between these hormones. Conditions like hypogonadism, hyperthyroidism, and liver failure may also trigger the development of gynecomastia in men.
The initial sign of gynecomastia is the presence of lump of fatty tissue under the nipple. At times, this can be accompanied by tenderness or soreness.
In some cases, there can be uneven swelling of the breasts, with one becoming larger than the other.
Gynecomastia may not be a life-threatening condition, but it can be a source of great discomfort and embarrassment for many men.
Surgery can be an option for males suffering from excess pain and other symptoms associated with the man boobs condition.
Gynecomastia surgery is a medical procedure designed to reduce the breast size in men. The procedure can also flatten and enhance the chest contours of a male’s body.
Like most cosmetic procedures, the surgery is performed under general anesthesia. It’s an outpatient procedure that can also be done under sedation and local anesthesia.
During surgery, the excessive breast tissue and fat are removed through liposuction, excision (cutting out the tissue), or a combination of both. In certain instances, the excessive skin may also be removed.
As an outpatient procedure, patients can go home on the same day the surgery is done. The patient may need a compression vest for a week or two after surgery and will most likely be advised to avoid strenuous activities for 7-10 days. He can gradually resume to his usual day-to-day activities in about four weeks after the surgery.
Finding the best Cosmetic Surgeon in Singapore
If you’re considering gynecomastia surgery in Singapore, then it’s important to choose a surgeon who has years of experience in doing the procedure, to give you peace of mind.
Finding a cosmetic surgeon is easy but finding a really good one can be tricky. At Shens Clinic, Dr. Shens, the head surgeon, makes sure that clients go home satisfied. He is a well-trained cosmetic surgeon who underwent extensive training both in and outside Singapore. He has mastered the Korean techniques of enhancing one’s appearance and is one of the most reputable and well-experienced cosmetic surgeons in the country.
If you’re suffering from pain or feel embarrassed with your condition, then give Shens Clinic a call now for a no-obligation and private consultation.