Gynecomastia or Male breasts can cause severe mental tension in boys leading to:
Withdrawal from friends groups
Reluctance to expose themselves at swimming pools
Loss of interest in family group activities etc
Loss of focus on studies
Introvert personality development to the extent that some boys may go into depression as well
Rarely it may lead to suicidal tendencies
Change in posture and walk: boys start walking with drooping shoulders in an attempt to hide the chest bulge
Quite often they start wearing tight inner wears to hide the chest bulge
They stop participating in outdoor sports activities like walks, running, tennis
Lack of confidence is very obvious in their walk
They tend to sleep more on their belly
Boys are very secretive about their male breast problem. Almost always they will not share the knowledge of their problem with their parents. They must know that the basic cause of male breasts is not obesity.
Only the fat component of breast is increased when boys suffering from male breasts put on weight. Any amount of exercise for any number of years and even very strict diet control will not ‘cure’ this problem. It may reduce the size to some extent by reducing the fat from breast but, they should understand that the problem is not from fat but, from the presence of mammary glands in the breasts. Parents’ insistence on exercise and diet control, although good for a healthy lifestyle, will not solve the problem. Rather, it may aggravate the already excessive mental stress because exercise does not help. A surgery/operation is the only solution for Gynecomastia.
Liposuction alone for fat removal from breasts, will almost always fail to give a flat chest. A direct surgical removal of mammary glands is essential for best results. Liposuction alone works well only in some exceptional cases of ‘pseudo-Gynecomastia’ which presents in some obese males. If necessary, even school going young boys in the age group of 12-14 years should be operated upon if they are showing personality problems as mentioned above
Incidence of Gyno / Gynecomastia is very high. Almost 25-30% of boys suffer from this condition. It can be a very psychologically disturbing condition as boys are supposed to have flat, muscular chest. Breasts are not at all appropriate on boys’ chest.