Emotional Benefits of Having a Male Breast Reduction
- 11 June 2014
- Dr. Nidal (Nick) Masri
We all know women have the reputation of being a little bit obsessed with their appearance. Therefore, women have the reputation of being the ones to go in for plastic surgeries.
Statistically, women are the ones having the majority of plastic surgeries, especially for cosmetic purposes.
But we can’t forget
about our men.
Many men have the tendency to be equally concerned with their aesthetic appearance. In some cases, men are going under the knife for functional purposes or in order to stabilize their emotional health.
What is gynecomastia?
A gynecomastia is when there is a presence of excess fatty tissue in the male breast area. This condition can start to appear early in a young man’s adolescent years, and can carry over until late in their adult life. Puberty can often be the trigger point for when the extra fat start to collect in this area. Up to 70% of men are burdened with gynecomastia at some point in their lifetime, and are looking for ways to resolve the problem.
You may assume that the physical appearance of the excess tissue is undesirable for most men. What you may not consider is that adolescents with this issue have to carry the weight of bullying and ridicule from other young men and women. Gynecomastia can have a huge impact on young men psychologically.
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How gynecomastia can be harmful
Studies have linked gynecomastia to low self-esteem and poor social functioning. These issues can be linked to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Knowing that these are potential problems for men who have gynecomastia, we can understand how the benefits of a male breast reduction could stretch far beyond being solely a cosmetic procedure.
For some, a male breast reduction can be life-saving.
As a parent, you should be aware of the potential effects that gynecomastia can have on a young man. Essentially, it is never too early to uncover new options. A plastic surgeon consultation can be done, regardless of age, in order to put a plan in place. Like any condition, early detection is key. All the symptoms of depression, low self-esteem, etc. can be avoided through early detection and early intervention.
It is important to remember that everyone reacts differently to the changes that take place during puberty. With that said, the severity of gynecomastia is not important. The mildest symptoms could impact a boy’s emotional well-being far more than you would imagine. Some things to watch for from your son would include:
- The tendency to layer clothing in attempt to hide gynecomastia
- Making jokes about his breasts that demonstrate insecurity
- Signs of depression like not eating, losing friends, being alone, not wanting to go to school or trouble sleeping
Psychologically, we cannot deny the fact that a male breast reduction can indeed be 100%, a functional plastic surgery. However, it is unfortunate that many insurance companies will not cover the expenses associated with the surgery. This is in comparison to female breast reductions which are almost always at least partially compensated for with insurance assistance. Nevertheless, we believe that you cannot put a price on happiness and emotional well-being.