Coping with Gynecomastia

Though men and women both have breast tissue, the growth of the breasts in men can be extremely distressing. If you live in or around Scottsdale, Arizona, and you suffer from gynecomastia, Dr. Paul Angelchik can discuss your aesthetic goals and recommend treatment options. Gynecomastia is the medical name for swollen breast tissue in males. The condition is caused by an imbalance between the hormones testosterone and estrogen, which can be the result of changes in the body with age, certain medications, and illnesses like hyperthyroidism. Many men with gynecomastia might experience feelings of:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Embarrassment, especially in situations requiring the removal of one’s shirt

In addition to visiting a doctor for diagnosis and treatment of the physical symptoms, it’s important to find ways of emotionally coping with gynecomastia, too. Talking to a therapist or support group, for example, might make it easier to initiate conversations with your friends, family, or romantic partner. Though some cases of gynecomastia are treatable with medication, Dr. Angelchik has found that plastic surgery is often the most effective option for removing unwanted breast tissue. Plastic surgery treatment for gynecomastia usually involves a combination of liposuction with surgical breast excision. Because gynecomastia patients are already self-conscious about the appearance of their chest, Dr. Angelchik uses an approach that minimizes scarring as much as possible while creating a breast shape that is customized to look natural and proportionate to each patient’s unique body type. To find out more about plastic surgery treatment options for gynecomastia, please contact Paul Angelchik, M.D., or call 602-375-8888 to schedule a confidential consultation with our Scottsdale plastic surgeon.

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