Jun 16, 2018
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Training hard to trade your flabby-looking chest for hard pectorals, but with little success? Maybe it's gynecomastia.
You’ve done your homework and Googled, “How do you build up your pecs?”; read Men’s Health, watched chest training videos and, kept a full routine of bench presses, push-ups, weighted dips and dumbbell presses religiously.
Yet, after months of effort, you’re still unsatisfied with the results.
Perhaps the reason why you still don’t have Chris Hemsworth- worthy pecs isn’t due to what you’re doing or eating wrong but because you’re suffering from a medical disorder. But what exactly might you have? The challenge comes in diagnosing your condition accurately though.
Meet the twin nemesis of your efforts: gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia.
In the case of gynecomastia, it is characterised by excessive growth of breast tissue, which may lead to feminisation of the male breast. It cannot be eradicated through diet and exercise alone. The exact cause of gynecomastia is not entirely clear, though it could be due to the actions of hormonal imbalances.
Genetic factors, certain usage of medications, and even ageing can lead to gynecomastia, while its pseudo counterpart happens due to fat build-up. To make things more confusing, how a guy’s chest will look in both cases is more or less the same!
First things first – you’ll be better off consulting a doctor experienced in gynecomastia surgery.
That’s where Dr Ivan Puah, liposuction and body sculpting doctor, at Amaris B. Clinic come into play.
At Amaris B. Clinic, you’ll better understand the composition of your chest – how much of it is breast tissue and fat – whether you have gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia.
The difference? In the case of the former, you’ll feel a firm concentration of tissue around the nipple area in the form of a firm-disc-like tissue. It may be painful to touch. The effective treatment for gynecomastia is through gynecomastia surgery - surgical removal of the overly developed glandular and fat tissue.
With pseudogynecomastia, no such ring is formed as fat tissue on palpation is somewhat loose and not firm. Pseudogynecomastia, to a certain extent, can be rectified with regular exercise and a healthier diet. When eating well and workout fail to get rid of the chest fat, liposuction is recommended.
Why suffer from frustration by poor post-workout results and personal pain and embarrassment caused by gynecomastia? Get professional help, and you’ll be ready to whip your shirt off at the beach action-hero style!