FAQ: Are My Man Boobs Actually A More Serious Medical Condition?

Amaris B.

Updated On:

Apr 16, 2023

Archive Date:

Apr 23, 2018

Gynecomastia during puberty is not uncommon but if the problem persists into adulthood, surgical intervention is the recommended option. Find out more

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I’ve been experiencing pain and swelling in my chest area. What could be the problem?

You could be suffering from gynecomastia, more commonly known as man boobs. While the condition isn’t necessarily serious in every case, it can be embarrassing.

What causes gynecomastia?

It’s brought on by enlarged breast tissue and swollen glands in the chest area. Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. The causes may include hormonal imbalance, side effects of certain medications, and even ageing.

Gynecomastia during puberty is not uncommon, but if the problem persists into adulthood, surgical intervention is the recommended option. Older men between 50 and 90 may develop gynecomastia due to changes in hormone levels, although other causes or health conditions may also contribute.

What are some of the symptoms to look out for?

In addition to a tender or swollen chest area, you should also check for nipple discharge in one or both breasts. If you notice these symptoms, then schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Can I use ice to ease the swelling and pain? Will exercise help minimise the size of my chest?

No, the discomfort you’re experiencing likely will not go away with these measures. It may cause more pain with each passing day. If the swelling and pain do not subside, I recommend that you seek professional help as soon as possible.

What can be done to help my oversized chest area?

Gynecomastia surgery is the permanent solution you need. Each gynecomastia case is unique. The surgical approach developed by Dr Ivan Puah considers the grade of the gynecomastia, glandular tissue-to-fat ratio and parenchyma distribution of the patient. He will propose an individualised approach for the patient after carefully assessing the patient's clinical condition and understanding the patient's concerns.

Dr Ivan Puah's ultimate aim is to remove fibrous and painful glandular tissues and/or fat tissues to restore a natural-looking masculine body shape with the smallest possible incision for his patients.

The recovery time tends to be minimal, but this may depend on how fast your body can recuperate after surgery. Additionally, gynecomastia surgery can sculpt the chest area and leave a more defined and “masculine” appearance.

Where can I get gynecomastia surgery?

If you’ve experienced the symptoms above, call Amaris B. clinic for a consultation at 65364211 to discuss your options and learn more about gynecomastia surgery. You can also Whatsapp them at 91524140 to book your appointment in advance.

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