As a large, 240-lb NFL linebacker, the last thing in the world you want to have to think about is “how do I look in this shirt?” For several years, Zac Diles suffered from gynecomastia, a condition in where a male has enlarged/oversized breasts.
This is not anything to be embarrassed about, but having people say you have “man boobs” is embarrassing, not to mention the emotional devastation that body shaming can cause.
In an interview published last year, NFL linebacker Diles talked about his experience.
“It affected my life a great deal, to the point that I wouldn’t wear certain clothes,” said Diles, who has retired from football. “It was an uncomfortable feeling to think people were staring at my chest because my nipples would always poke out through my shirt.”
Diles proceeded to talk about how his friends would lightly tease him, but not everyone is so lucky. Many guys suffering from this condition say the main reason for their decision was to get the name-calling and bullying to stop once and for all.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Most people don’t realize how common this issue is among young boys, young men, and older men. Many don’t even realize the extra tissue around the male breasts is a medical condition related to a hormonal imbalance.
It’s hard for even the best of medical professionals to pinpoint the cause of the condition. There is proof that certain medications, smoking marijuana, anabolic steroid use, and consuming excessive amounts of alcohol can contribute to its development.
As the number of men learning about male breast reduction increases, so does the demand for the surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there are over 27,000 of these procedures performed each year, a 35% increase since 2000. Surgical correction is now the fourth most common procedure that men elect to have.
Gynecomastia Surgery in Manhattan and Commack
If you have suffered too long and would like to rectify the condition, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Our offices in NYC and Long Island are open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays. Give us a call at 212-206-0023 or 631-499-1831.
We speak with many men about this private issue, and confidentiality is our highest priority. You can feel assured knowing we can help you take back control of your body so you can feel better in your skin.