Gynecomastia (male breast reductions) are becoming increasingly more common to relieve an embarrassing problem for thousands of men. Reductions are up five percent from last year.
The procedure removes the excess fat, tissue and skin from the male pectoral area. More than a cosmetic issue, adolescents with enlarged breasts are said to have significantly lower measures of mental health, self-esteem and social functioning. Boys with the condition had higher rates of eating disorders when compared to their unaffected peers.
Parents should be aware of the repercussions of the condition and consider an evaluation early for adolescents to prevent the adverse emotional and social effects. Because of these effects, some insurance providers cover the procedures. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gynecomastia/DS00850.