Alcohol abuse and gynecomastia

Professionals, especially lawyers, are susceptible to alcohol abuse. In fact, lawyers are nearly twice as likely to struggle with alcohol abuse. In addition to the physical, mental, and emotional effects of alcoholism, there are also obvious skin effects that can affect reputation. Learn why professionals turn to alcohol, the skin signs of alcoholism, and how to treat them.

Why Professionals Turn to Alcohol

How to Treat Alcoholism Skin Effects - Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of NY

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Lawyers and other professionals have a high incidence of depression due to the nature of their work. With tight deadlines, overwhelming amounts of paperwork, and endless trials, it can be easy to fall into mental darkness.

Alcohol is used as self-medication. The stigma of anti-depressants can keep many people from seeking help for their depression. Having drinks after a long, crazy day is acceptable and encouraged, and enough of it can lead to a stupor that temporary relieves mental, emotional, and physical anguish. It’s the long-term effects that end up causing problems.

Skin Signs of Alcoholism

Alcohol can cause a disruption of vascular control in the brain. This causes enlarged blood vessels on the face, also called telangiectasia. The face appears red, especially on the cheeks. This is one of the first signs of alcoholism.

As alcohol intake continues and increases, transient flushing can occur. When the body breaks down alcohol, it produces acetaldehyde and this stimulates the release of histamine.

How Cosmetic Surgery Can Help with the Skin Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Over time, many professionals feel self-conscious of the skin effects due to their alcohol use. They worry people will know they have a problem with alcohol. The good news is with treatment for alcohol abuse and cosmetic surgery, the redness and flushing can be minimized or eliminated.

The first step is to achieve sobriety. Treatment centers are available for those who struggle with alcohol abuse. Treatment is confidential and many professionals hide their time away by referring to it as a vacation.

After successfully achieving sobriety, cosmetic surgery can help reduce or get rid of the redness and flushing that remains behind. A free consultation with a cosmetic or plastic surgeon at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York can give you several options on possible treatments for the condition. When you have all of the information you need, you can make a decision on how you would like to proceed.

Scheduling a consultation is easy. We have two locations for your convenience: Commack, Long Island and Manhattan. We have available appointments Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and on Saturdays. Simply give us a call and we will fit you in when it is most convenient for you.

We look forward to helping you get back the skin and life you had before alcoholism took over.