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Studies Show Gynecomastia’s Impact on Adolescent Boys

April 27, 2022

As gynecomastia surgery specialists like Dr. Cruise can attest, gynecomastia can have a significant negative impact on patients’ lives. In fact, research shows that Dr. Cruise’s most troubled patients are those living with gynecomastia.

It is for this reason that Dr. Cruise offers financial assistance to qualifying patients. The hardship application can be used to apply for consideration.

ASPS Study Finds Gynecomastia Has a Psychological Impact on Adolescent Boys

In a study of adolescent males conducted by Dr. Brian I. Labow and published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), researchers found that even mild gynecomastia can have negative psychological effects on adolescent boys. The study involved a series of psychological tests administered to boys who were otherwise healthy and an average of 16.5-years-old. The patients with gynecomastia who participated in this study had lower scores on a standard quality of life assessment as well as lower scores on their general health, social functioning, mental health, and self-esteem.

This study indicates that even a mild to moderate case of gynecomastia can have a noticeable impact on young patients. Patients who have gynecomastia typically face emotional or self-esteem problems regardless of other physical factors such as their body weight. Dr. Labow and his co-authors concluded that early intervention and treatment for gynecomastia can improve emotional symptoms. It highlights the understanding that gynecomastia surgery can be much more than just cosmetic.

Gynecomastia Surgery Can Change Lives

Dr. Cruise’s patients often share stories that support this study’s findings. Patients commonly express that their gynecomastia had a significant impact on their self-esteem and ability to participate in their favorite activities or socialize as they would like to. Gynecomastia surgery allows Dr. Cruise’s patients to live without worry or self-consciousness and the psychological effects of the condition. Read testimonials to hear stories in their own words.

Gynecomastia Surgery Candidates

The vast majority of teens and adult men with gynecomastia are good candidates, however, it should be noted that in some instances there may be an underlying condition causing the condition. For this reason, it is advisable to first see a medical doctor to rule out any potential medical issues such as thyroid, hormonal, cancer, etc. It is important to share your complete medical history with Dr. Cruise at the time of consultation. This will allow him to determine whether gynecomastia surgery is a safe option. Severely overweight individuals may not be good candidates for the procedure. Obesity can create pseudogynecomastia, or the appearance of gynecomastia due to fat alone. While patients who are overweight and have excess glandular tissue may find some positive results from surgery, Dr. Cruise and other medical professionals typically advise patients to lose weight through a healthy diet and exercise first. Generally speaking, patients should be within 30-40 pounds of their ideal weight before pursuing gynecomastia surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about gynecomastia surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Cruise. Call his Newport Beach, CA office at (949) 644-4808 or use the online virtual fast-track consultation form.

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Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Regarded as one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world, Dr. Cruise has gynecomastia-specific content that can be found at Dr. Cruise has dedicated his career to cosmetic surgery but has also had extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is also a member of the Rhinoplasty Society as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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