Gynecomastia is common.
Sometimes we get asked by journalists about gynecomastia and whether cosmetic surgery for men is on the increase.
We specialise in cosmetic breast surgery and the majority of our male patients are gynecomastia patients.
I have to say I have not noticed any significant rise in this surgery as it has always been quite popular.
I think the main thing is that men do not tend to talk about it.
Men who are conscious about their chest think that it is unusual and are embarrassed to confront the problem.
You see, when a woman has breast surgery they are quite happy to freely talk about it and are much more open in discussing their concerns and anxieties about the shape of their breasts.
However, it would not be common for a group of men to openly discuss the size of their breasts over a pint.
When we were approached by one of the morning TV chat shows for a case study of a man who had had gynecomastia correction, it was very hard to find someone who would agree to go on camera.
When we spoke to our patients and they were all delighted with the results and felt their lives had been changed.
They would like the world to know that the problem is not rare or unusual and can be treated successfully.
However, when it comes to appearing on television or even in a magazine, they quite understandably do not want to be identified.
It would be embarrassing in the workplace and among their friends and I completely understand this.
There is a lot of mystery around whether it is actually gynecomastia or not.
We get many enquiries from patients who feel that they have got large nipples or puffy nipples but when it actually comes down to it, it is actually gynecomastia correction that they need rather than a nipple reduction or areola reduction.
Gynecomastia is simply an excess of male breast tissue.
What is Gynecomastia?
All men have got breasts and if you look at the physique of a well-toned bodybuilder you can clearly see the definition in the chest area.
It is very subjective as to when a puffy nipple becomes gynecomastia and it is really dictated by when it bothers a person
If you are bothered by it and it is something that can be treated, then it might be worth treating.
On the other hand you see many people on the beach who may have excess breast tissue but if it does not bother them, that is great and there is absolutely no need for treatment.
Types of Gynecomastia
The first thing with any patient with gynecomastia is for them to be at their ideal weight as this can help the problem.
There are certain medical conditions that can cause or exacerbate this condition and it is helpful to be checked out by your GP to ensure there is no underlying cause.
The majority of cases are idiopathic, meaning that there is no cause.
It doesn’t matter what you call it –
if you are embarrassed or unhappy with the shape of your chest, we may be able to help
It doesn’t really matter what you call it – gynecomastia, man boobs, puffy or large nipples, if you are troubled by the shape of your chest, then you can come and have a chat with one of our surgeons to see if anything can be done about it.
There are a variety of treatments available and you can read about ‘why gynecomastia surgery costs so much’ here.
We have perfected techniques that allow your gynecomastia to be corrected without leaving any visible scars and you can watch our video where our director, Jonathan Staiano, talks in more detail about this.
If you want to talk to someone, we have a lot of happy patients who would be more than happy to give you a ring to talk about their experience.
So drop us a line and we would be more than happy to see if we can help.
You can call us on 0121-454 3680 or send us an email.
And you can read more about Gynecomastia here