A study that was published in April of this year in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, showed that he even mild gynecomastia (male breast tissue) can have negative effects on mental and emotional health in teenage boys.
In the study, 47 teenage boys who are being evaluated for gynecomastia took a series of psychological questionnaires. The results were compared to a group of boys without gynecomastia.
The boys with gynecomastia had lower test scores on quality of life, indicating problems in several areas. He also had lower scores in general health, social functioning and mental health even when adjusted for weight and obesity (BMI).
Lower scores in areas of self-esteem and quality of life appear to be related to gynecomastia directly, rather than obesity. These teenage boys also scored higher on a test of attitudes towards food and eating. There was no difference in the rate of eating disorders between groups.
Treatment for gynecomastia typically involves male breast reduction surgery. If your teenage boy is suffering from enlarged male breasts, please contact Dr. Bermudez for gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco today for an evaluation.
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