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July 2003

Men with Breasts

A Plastic Surgeon and his patients talk about Gynecomastia

Thousands of Men look in the mirror everyday and hate what they see. Gynecomastia, Gyno or Bitch Tits as some people call them is the enlargement of the breast in males. This is due to actual breast tissue or fat. Gynecomastia can develop at puberty, or from the use of steroids, obesity or smoking marijuana. Whatever the cause, tissue or fat male breasts is the source of embarrassment and physical and emotional pain.

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, Dr. Corbin has been performing corrective procedures for Gynecomastia for over 20 years. Gynecomastia can be removed via liposuction alone or in combination with excision. Incisions are inconspicuously placed along the nipple areolars and patients can quickly return to work and the gym.

Dr. Corbin was first exposed to many cases of gynecomastia when he was in the Military. Once the soldiers had to share living quarters and showers with several other men, they became very self conscious of the feminine appearance of their chest. Many were often the brunt of cruel jokes and comments. Luckily, the military insurance covered the costs of the surgery to remove the breast tissue or fat. Some other insurance carriers may cover the cost of this surgery depending on the severity of the gynecomastia and the insurance company.

After having his breast tissue excised, Jay (his name has been changed), a 28 year old competitive body builder is more confident about his appearance and glad not to have the constant sensitivity associated Gynecomastia. He lived with this condition for years and was self conscious during body building competitions and around his girlfriend. His chest was so sensitive the pain was unbearable at times.

Aaron, a male model, fitness buff and actor also suffered from the humiliation of male breasts. He developed the condition in his teens and was teased and embarrassed about it. He started working out hoping it was fat and would go away. After 11 years he made the decision to have surgery. Dr. Corbin performed an excision of breast tissue. According to Dr. Corbin it was solid breast tissue and no fat whatsoever.

One month after his surgery, Aaron is ecstatic about the way he looks and feels." I am so proud of my body now! I feel like a weight has been lifted from me. Literally! Looking back I wish I would have done the surgery sooner. I am rehearsing for a new role in an upcoming action movie and this is the first time in my career I will not be self conscious about my upper body. My agent is also happy because I used to turn a lot of jobs down if I had to take my shirt off for a shoot or role."

Men are just starting to feel comfortable talking about this medical condition.

Thanks to the Internet, magazines and television programs on Gynecomastia, men are educating themselves on current treatments. Weather a patient has actual breast tissue or fat gynecomastia surgery can correct the appearance of male breasts and improve their self esteem.

Quick facts on Gynecomastia Surgery

Length of Surgery: 1 to 3 Hours

Location: Accredited Surgery Center or Hospital

Anesthesia: General or local with sedation

Recovery Time: The patient can usually return to work in 5 days to a week depending on the individual. Exercise and strenuous activity may be done at 3 to 6 weeks following surgery.

Post Operative Results: Each patient heals differently; however following the surgery patients may experience temporary pain, swelling, possible bruising, soreness and fatigue. The small incisions will fade and flatten with time. It has been our experience that patients are very happy with their post op results and their new look.

Helpful Hints: Be in good mental and physical health. Do Not Smoke. Help improve healing by taking pre and postoperative vitamins. Improve the appearance of small scars with topical gel.

Call Dee to arrange your consultation; Beverly Hills (310) 284-8384 or Brea (714) 671-3033.

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