Male breasts: A growing problem

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Gynecomastia is an increasing problem affecting about 40 percent of men in this country. Enlarged male breasts can be caused by weight gain, estrogen, drugs, medications, and steroids. Now, one plastic surgeon has perfected a procedure that removes the breasts without leaving any scars.

Thirty-two year old Ted Schuhle developed enlarged breasts when he was just 11 years old.

“When I was a child, my mother told me, ‘I wish there was a pill or something we could do for you,’” Ted told Ivanhoe.

Dr. Daniel Man has developed a special two hour surgical procedure to treat gynecomastia. He uses a laser and suction to first remove the fat.

“We remove 2,000 cc’s, that’s a lot. That’s going from a C cup to a cup A,” Daniel Man, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Boca Raton, Florida, told Ivanhoe.

He lifts the chest with specially suspended sutures that are removed without leaving any scars.

“The embarrassment of having breast tissue is gone,” Dr. Man said.

Before surgery Ted tried everything including triathlons to reduce his weight to reduce his breast size. It was so embarrassing for him, it even affected his dating.

“During intimate times, she would not want to touch my chest. Most women prefer a nice hard chest that has muscular features to it,” Ted explained.

Three months after surgery, Ted’s chest finally looks normal and he is engaged to be married.

Dr. Man says he has taught about 20 plastic surgeons around the country his gynecomastia surgical suspension technique. His procedure costs about 5,000 dollars and has a five day recovery. Sometimes insurance may cover the procedure.

Daniel Man, MD, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, in Boca Raton, Florida, talks about a new procedure for gynecomastia.

Why did your procedure work so well for him?

Dr. Man: This is very special innovative laser suction and suture suspension procedure I have developed for men with enlarged breasts. This special procedure allows patients to get rid of the gynecomastia; That excess breast tissue will be gone without leaving a deformity of men’s boobs and without extensive scars !. So the embarrassment of having breast tissue is resolved and men don’t have the residual irregularity left with the current standard techniques that causes these patients to be left with scars.

And he looks like he went from a C cup to a regular chest and you developed a way to suspend it so the skin doesn’t hang?

Dr. Man: There are several advantages to this technique. One is that they don’t have residual breast tissue. The second is that the nipple areola is now in a higher position. Having the nipple areola go higher is what we have when we’re younger. As we age, the nipple areola drift lower, especially with the added breast tissue it makes it look worse. What we do is remove the breast tissue but also lift the entire skin in to a higher position and they look again young.

What causes gynecomastia?

Dr. Man: Gynecomastia is caused by overweight and estrogen irregularities. So far the surgical procedure is the only way that we can really effectively treat it and make the patients happy.

How common is gynecomastia, is it becoming more common?

Dr. Man: Well I’ve seen about ten percent increases in our patients just in the last year. Statistics show that after age of 35, about 50 percent of men have some kind of increase of breast tissue. In younger adults, the statistics is even worse.

So how many doctors across the country are preforming your procedure?

Dr. Man: I know of about twenty doctors that have learned about it directly from me. And they’re using it and it works well for them. The other current methods that are being used involve cutting and suturing, and they’re free of scars. This is more elegant.

Does pot smoking cause bigger breasts?

Dr. Man: It could, yes. Drugs, as well as amphetamines, increase weight, especially steroids; these turn in the liver to estrogen. Other medications sometimes can also cause this disease as well.

Would you say this is an epidemic?

Dr. Man: Breast tissue in men is an epidemic. I have seen so many men coming in with the same problem, increased breast size and deformity and they can’t go on the beach or the swimming pool, it’s terrible. Thirty to forty percent of these men develop some kind of a breast tissue. That is considered an epidemic.

What do you think is causing it?

Dr. Man: Well we think that it has to do with being overweight and estrogen. Sometimes taking some medications, drugs can do it, testosterone and steroids; they all could be associated with it.

How could someone get in touch with you if they have seen this across the country and they want to have it done?

Dr. Man: I would like to help men in many places. I would like them to give us a call if they don’t find a surgeon who can do this procedure without leaving scars on them, and I would be glad to either teach this to other surgeons or if nothing is being helped and they can’t find somebody please call us. We’ll make arrangements for you to have a solution right here in our fully accredited facility by me Dr. Man who is a board certified plastic surgeon.

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