Gynecomastia is a serious concern for many young men. The emotional and mental health toll it has on them can be crippling. Understanding these effects, and how you’re not the only one dealing with it, can help you move forward feeling better about yourself.
Emotional Effects of Gynecomastia
In a study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, researchers found adolescent males suffer a diminished self-esteem when they have a condition called gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement. Even a mild case of this condition can cause negative effects for boys.
Weight issues compound the problem. Most young men believe that fat is the source of their breast appearance. They think if they lose the weight, their overdevelopment will also diminish.
This is simply not true. Losing weight will not get rid of the condition. Gynecomastia is an enlargement of the fatty and glandular tissue in males – it’s not just fat.
Since it’s a problem that cannot be solved with diet and exercise, many young men feel out of control and helpless, especially during this sensitive time of identity development. Depression, embarrassment, bullying, and anxiety are common experiences among those suffering with the condition.
As you can read in this article, “What It’s Actually Like to Live with Man Boobs” boys and girls would tease the subject of this article by offering him bras. Even into his twenties, he felt self-conscious and preoccupied with his chest. It wasn’t until he had breast reduction surgery in his thirties that he was finally able to deal with the psychological effects.
In another article, “I Have Man Boobs – Blogger Opens Up About His Fight with Gynecomastia” Ryan Pasqualetto details his struggles with gynecomastia.
“I wish so badly that my body wasn’t deemed disgusting in society standards. I wish so badly that I would have been appreciated for my difference instead of mocked of and made fun of.”
The heartache can be felt throughout the depiction of his experience. No one should ever have to live with so much shame. Everyone is beautiful, and each person is uniquely different. It’s just too bad that society, and even our own views, keep us from loving ourselves just the way we are.
For those of you who are dealing with male breast enlargement and are no longer adolescents, consider making an appointment with our cosmetic and plastic surgeons. We have free consultations to help you learn more about our gynecomastia (or male breast reduction) surgery.
While we love the way you look no matter what, we understand that having a flat chest will help you love the way you look.
Call our Commack, Long Island or Manhattan offices today. We are also available evenings and Saturdays for your convenience.