Mental Anguish

Shocked man

Is gynecomastia mental anguish associated with the exact fullness of your chest?

Not so says a recent paper published in my Journal of Plastic Surgery. The conclusion of this paper also fits my conclusion: gynecomastia has little association between the appearance of gynecomastia and the degree of psychosocial disability (burden).

That became obvious to me as I treat an enormous number of men who suffer from gynecomastia. Patients with very little fullness of the chest suffer as much, or more than a patient who has breasts similar to a woman. It seems that you either have it in your head or you don’t, and the appearance of your chest has little to do with how much you suffer.

I’m not sure of the explanation for these findings, but I have recommended for years that if you think you have gynecomastia, you have it. And if you have it, I suggest you treat it sooner than later.