Typically, we relate the term “breast surgery” with a woman’s desire to enhance or reduce the size and shape of her breasts. In recent years, it has become increasingly evident that men may also have a need for breast surgery; though for slightly different reasons. Gynecomastia is a problem that is far more prevalent than most people think. Historically, men who have struggled with excess breast tissue have had to do it alone, or so they thought. Today, we have ways to eliminate “man boobs,” and we also have a greater understanding of what may cause this condition. Because it affects men, and many men like to drink, we want to touch on how excessive alcohol consumption may be related to the development of gynecomastia.
Alcohol and the Male Body
Alcohol consumption, when excessive, is linked to a number of health concerns. These range from liver damage to heart problems, but typically not to man boobs – until now. One of the direct effects of alcohol on the male body is a compensation for organ irritation with hormonal shifts. Specifically, increased estrogen production. Where there is more estrogen, there is naturally a decline in testosterone. When testosterone declines, it just exacerbates estrogen dominance. The domino effect: man boobs.
Treatment for Gynecomastia
In some cases, it may be possible for the breasts to naturally decrease in size if estrogen dominance due to alcohol consumption is the cause. However, this is not promised. For a man to have his masculine physique reinstated, it may take professional care from an experienced plastic surgeon. Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure meticulously performed by Dr. Serure. Treatment revolves around removing excess breast tissue, and also assessing whether or not breast glands also need to be removed. In some cases, the nipple and areola will also need to be repositioned.
Thousands of men in our area have been treated for gynecomastia, and have maintained the results of their surgery by living a healthy lifestyle in which alcohol consumption is kept to a minimum. Having gynecomastia surgery does not mean that the problem will not recur should alcohol consumption increase substantially. It does, however, mean a better quality of life for the man who commits to his health and wellness.
For more information on gynecomastia surgery, call our South Miami office at 305-669-0184.