At least 30% of males will be affected by gynecomastia, which is a benign enlargement of the breast. This number goes up to 40% when looking at age, lifestyle, and assessment methods. Gynecomastia causes anxiety, psychosocial discomfort, and a fear of breast cancer. This article will discuss possible alternative treatments for gynecomastia, like cool sculpting.
Coolsculpting targets fat cells locally with one of the most advanced techniques or fat cell treatments available. CoolSculpting involves using cryolipolysis to freeze fat deposits away. A growing number of patients choose CoolSculpting as a way to undergo non-invasive and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures with little to no downtime. With CoolSculpting, there are fewer risks than with liposuction, and scarring is negligible. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved CoolSculpting in 2012. The procedure is non-invasive, and no anesthesia is required.
How does CoolSculpting work?
Interestingly, your fat tissue is not very resistant to cold, unlike your skin. CoolSculpting works by using freezing to your advantage. The process relies on the natural destruction of cells caused by exposure to cold temperatures. The device consists of a small paddle that contains a freezing element and a suction element. When this paddle is placed on the targeted area, the freezing temperatures cause the fat cells to contract, which causes necrosis, or cell death, to begin. It does not impact surrounding cells, tissues, muscles, or nerves. While the extreme cold numbs your skin, discomfort is minimal. During the course of 3 or 4 months, the body absorbs the fat. CoolSculpting can reduce fat by up to 25%, according to studies.
This result has contributed to the rise in popularity of CoolSculpting. Also, the fact that more men are seeking out appearance-enhancing procedures that help them become more fit and youthful without sacrificing their natural appearance. Used often for the flanks, abdomen, and back, this advanced technology may also be helpful for men with enlarged breasts (gynecomastia).
Gynecomastia: Can Coolsculpting help?
Gynecomastia is the benign enlargement of male breast glandular tissue and is the most common breast condition in men. It can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. It usually occurs in preteens and teenage boys during puberty. But it can also occur in newborns and in older men. Gynecomastia is a prevalent condition that can cause men great discomfort and embarrassment. The feeling of insecurity about “man boobs” can lower confidence and discourage men from wearing shirts in social and intimate settings. The male breast contains a soft or firm mass of fat deposit and two types of tissue that create a lumpy appearance: They are gynecomastia, which is the true “man boob” effect, and Pseudo gynecomastia, which is simply fat.
Gynecomastia versus Pseudo gynecomastia
During your appointment, your doctor will evaluate the type of tissue on your chest. The purpose is to determine whether it is fatty (pseudo gynecomastia) or glandular (true gynecomastia). It is done in the office through a painless physical examination.
Once it is determined that you have glandular gynecomastia (true gynecomastia), your primary doctor (or a specialist you already see for the condition) will suggest treatment options. If the excess tissue is fat, you may be able to benefit from CoolSculpting. It will depend on a variety of factors, such as how much subcutaneous fat you want to freeze and the thickness of your fat layer.
In order to be a candidate for CoolSculpting, you need to be close to your ideal weight. At that point, results will become apparent. The fat cells remaining in your body if you are still 30 pounds or more short of your goal will sabotage any results you’re hoping to achieve.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone.
On average, men’s bodies produce a small amount of estrogen, the hormone responsible for breast growth. Your body may produce too much estrogen, or if your testosterone levels are low, your breasts may enlarge.
Sometimes people with obesity develop enlarged breasts due to excess fatty tissue. This condition is known as pseudo gynecomastia.
When present in men, this condition may be a sign of an underlying disease, medication side effects, metabolic disorder, steroids, or the loss of testosterone with age. Gynecomastia can cause anxiety, psychological discomfort, and fear of cancer, so many patients seek medical treatment.
Your doctor can help you determine if the enlarged breast is mainly fat or if it is glandular tissue. In the case of glandular tissue, breast reduction surgery is the best procedure. For surgery to be avoided, the skin around the breasts must be elastic, as well as the nipples cannot be irregular.
However, CoolSculpting may be a viable option if fat is the primary cause. Also, obesity can cause fat tissue to accumulate, which is treated with CoolSculpting and weight loss. CoolSculpting can only remove fat cells, so you need to determine what type of tissue is on your chest.
How is gynecomastia diagnosed?
In addition to assessing your symptoms, your healthcare provider will examine you and review your medical history. They may also recommend a blood test to measure hormone levels. Breast lumps can both be caused by gynecomastia and breast cancer, so your provider may order a breast ultrasound and mammogram to check for changes in your breast tissue.
What are the complications of gynecomastia?
There is some evidence to suggest that men with gynecomastia are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer. Whenever you notice or feel unusual changes in your breasts, you should seek medical attention.
Benefits of Coolsculpting
CoolSculpting is not a substitute for healthy eating or physical activity for weight loss, however, it can help tone specific areas of the body. Here are some reasons why CoolSculpting is so popular:
-One hour sessions without anesthesia
-Fat loss of 25%
-Body parts treated include back, abdomen, love handles, thighs, and others
-Little or no recovery time
-Two to four months of natural-looking results
-Temporary side effects (redness and bruising)