Friday, May 31, 2013

Male breasts are not inconsequential


It seems that gynecomastia is more common than I thought.  

It is, simply put, male breast tissue.  It can affect young adolescents to senior citizens. It’s effects on the younger generation are huge.  

I recently read a study that compared two similar age groups from 12-21.  One group had gynecomastia.  Those individuals with gynecomastia had consistently lower ratings of general health, lower self esteem, social functioning and mental health.  Some young teens had eating disorders and it did not seem to correlate with the degree of gynecomastia.  As a plastic surgeon in Florida, I have witnessed the severe depression that many of these patients feel. It's a shame. But not irreversible.

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