(Asymmetric) Gynecomastia A.K.A. Man-Boobs...

  • Flamesoul

    Posts: 120

    Aug 01, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    So yeah. I got this condition. It's really aesthetically unpleasant (read:disgusting) to me.

    I just talked to my doctor yesterday and she (basically) said that, though there are more than one way to be stuck with gynecomastia, the reason I have it is because I used to be so fat in High School. A bit over 310 pounds, in fact. I was having quite a hard time dealing with all the bullying, and so I started overeating to find comfort in some way back then.

    Please don't judge me for this, I know already that it was stupid. I know it's my fault, and I think that feeling like I screwed up my own life by myself back then is already enough guilt and remorse for me.

    Anyway... Now I lost weight in the last few years, I'm now weighing 196 (got on my doc's scale yesterday.)

    And Yes, of course I still have a lot of body fat. My doc told me that my ''man-boobs''... ugh icon_mad.gif ... would get smaller as I lose weight, but that without surgery, there would always be a part of them that would remain, as is the case with the loose skin I have under my arm pits icon_mad.gif

    So yeah. At least now I know, and I don't have any false hopes. BUT...Is there ANYTHING at all I can do to get rid as much as possible of this atrocity occupying my chest ? I just can't accept myself as I am. I'll keep working out and swimming but... Whenever I enter a place with all those hot guys I just get so depressed, knowing I'll never be the way I wanted to be.

    So, aside from surgery and exercising, isn't there ANYTHING AT ALL I could do ?
  • vbportugal

    Posts: 82

    Aug 01, 2012 6:09 PM GMT
    If you have true gynecomastia (female breast tissue) then surgery is the only way to get rid of it. It should not matter whether you were overweight or underweight as a kid to develop gynecomastia as an adolescent. Most people who get it as an adolescent do not have it as an adult as it goes away but some people it carries over.

    Gaining muscle in the chest may remove the appearance of it somewhat, but it may also make the impact of it worse by pushing the tissue out. The only way to get rid of true gynecomastia is by surgically removing it.

    I used to have it before I got it removed. It was both a psychological issue and a physical one. I used to be embarassed to take off my shirt because my nipples puffed out like a pubescent girls, and most of the time kept my shirt on because I did not have the flat chest that most guys have.. Not only that, but as I got older it started to become painful to the point where a small touch to my chest area hurt a lot. Since I was playing soccer at the time and you are expected to use your chest in soccer I decided to get it removed. It had the added effect of being more confident with my shirt off which wasnt too bad either.

    So like I said the only way to get rid of true gynecomastia is through surgery to remove it. If it is a fatty tissue deposit then losing weight through exercise and dieting should be enough to get rid of it.
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    Aug 01, 2012 6:10 PM GMT
    Flamesoul saidSo yeah. I got this condition. It's really aesthetically unpleasant (read:disgusting) to me.

    I just talked to my doctor yesterday and she (basically) said that, though there are more than one way to be stuck with gynecomastia, the reason I have it is because I used to be so fat in High School. A bit over 310 pounds, in fact. I was having quite a hard time dealing with all the bullying, and so I started overeating to find comfort in some way back then.

    Please don't judge me for this, I know already that it was stupid. I know it's my fault, and I think that feeling like I screwed up my own life by myself back then is already enough guilt and remorse for me.

    Anyway... Now I lost weight in the last few years, I'm now weighing 196 (got on my doc's scale yesterday.)

    And Yes, of course I still have a lot of body fat. My doc told me that my ''man-boobs''... ugh icon_mad.gif ... would get smaller as I lose weight, but that without surgery, there would always be a part of them that would remain, as is the case with the loose skin I have under my arm pits icon_mad.gif

    So yeah. At least now I know, and I don't have any false hopes. BUT...Is there ANYTHING at all I can do to get rid as much as possible of this atrocity occupying my chest ? I just can't accept myself as I am. I'll keep working out and swimming but... Whenever I enter a place with all those hot guys I just get so depressed, knowing I'll never be the way I wanted to be.

    So, aside from surgery and exercising, isn't there ANYTHING AT ALL I could do ?
    Work on awesome pecs!icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 01, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    The only person to really give you the right direction is your doctor.

    If it's still just fatty tissue, that's one thing. But if it's actual breast tissue, that's another.

    Probably the only true way to know, without further medical advice and/or without surgery is by dropping your body fat percentage down significantly (to a very minimal amount) to see if they are still there.
  • Flamesoul

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    Aug 01, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    Well... Then I guess I'll try swimming a lot to lose some fat...
  • AMoonHawk

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    Aug 01, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Body wraps ... it shrinks the fat and the skin
  • Jerebear

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    Aug 02, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    When it comes to gynecomastia or loose skin in general, losing weight is not enough. You have to get your fat percentage down. Until you do, there's NO WAY to know for sure whats actual bona fide loose skin and whats just flab.

    Fatness also promotes estrogen production in men, so now that you are less fat your hormone levels are changing, but it will still be a few years until the effects are fully seen.

    In the end there is the cosmetic surgery option, but I would wait. Surgery is not magic and the more you can do on your own and naturally, the better (and cheaper) the surgery will turn out.