Psychologically, boys and men with gynecomastia (also known as male breast enlargement) often struggle with body image issues. Some patients feel anxiety, embarrassment, humiliation and poor self-esteem because of their large breasts or puffy nipple area. They will frequently withdraw from social situations that require them to remove their shirts, such as at the beach, pool, or locker room. They may also wear baggy clothing to hide their body shape, avoiding tight-fitting shirts that draw attention to the chest.
These issues can make it hard to participate in group activities such as sports, or make the dating scene an intimidating place. Luckily, there is a solution to these physical and emotional problems: scarless male breast reduction surgery.
A Doctor You Can Trust
Dr. Parker has successfully treated many men, young and old, for gynecomastia in Paramus. This significant experience along with his sensitivity to patients’ feelings of altered body image, self-consciousness, and, embarrassment facilitate the rapid establishment of a solid doctor-patient rapport and connection. Patients say they feel very comfortable discussing their concerns with Dr. Parker from the moment they meet him.
Patients are almost always very pleased by the normal appearance of their chest following breast reduction for men surgery by Dr. Parker. They will see a marked improvement in their contour the first day after surgery when they remove their compression garment to shower. As the initial postoperative swelling subsides, their changes become even more apparent.
Feeling Comfortable & Confident
Very little has been written about the psychological changes associated with gynecomastia. Dr. Parker follows his patients over the first year at increasing intervals after their surgery. He monitors not only their physical changes, but emotional as well. It has been his observation that his patients following gynecomastia surgery exhibit the following changes: The now normal appearance of their chest allows them to remove their shirt to go to the beach or swimming pool.
Similarly, their involvement in athletics often increases as they now feel more like “one of the guys” and more self-confident. Their enhanced body image is also reflected by changes in their clothing, abandoning baggy shirts in favor of tighter fitting ones. Feelings such as embarrassment and anxiety about their chest fade. Improved self-confidence and self-esteem carries over into better interpersonal relationships as well.
Improve Your Quality of Life
In short, almost all patients experience a positive impact physically and emotionally after gynecomastia surgery. For this reason, patients who are psychologically distraught by the fullness of their breasts are almost always encouraged by the team at the Parker Center to remove that source of anguish rather than having to endure it.
Risk-benefit analysis suggests that the psychological risks of no treatment are far worse than the benefit of a relatively straightforward surgical procedure. Watch our video for more information on male breast reduction surgery in Paramus, NJ.
If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia surgery here in New Jersey, request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice office by phone at (201) 967-1212.