Gynecomastia is a condition where the male breast tissue becomes enlarged. Over half of adolescent boys have some form of gynecomastia during puberty, but in 75% of cases, it resolves within two years. Men who still experience gynecomastia in adulthood may struggle with low self-esteem and a compromised self-image.
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In recent years, a growing number of men are choosing to undergo plastic surgery procedures. In particular, the demand for male tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) is increasing nationwide, partly because more men are taking advantage of weight loss surgery, which can leave them with excess skin and loose abdominal muscles.
Women aren't the only ones who feel uncomfortable when beach season begins to loom. If you suffer from gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts), you may be very reluctant to remove your shirt at the beach, in the gym, or elsewhere. Chances are, you've worked hard to get rid of the breasts, but with no success. You may have lost weight from everywhere else on your body, but the stubborn breasts hold on. And chest exercises may just make the problem worse by building up muscles that make your breasts look even bigger.
If you are noticing the signs of aging every time you look in the mirror, you may be thinking that plastic surgery would be a great way to restore your appearance. Plastic surgery can turn back the clock on your appearance, but plastic surgery shouldn't be your first thought if you are looking for a fresher appearance. Plastic surgery can achieve unparalleled rejuvenation, but it also comes with tradeoffs, so before deciding on plastic surgery, it is often better to try a few other things first. Some things to try before plastic surgery, include:
In mid-July Newsweek columnist Jessica Bennett re-ignited a long-simmering controversy about the impact of appearance on jobs, careers, and income. In combination with the column, the magazine published the results of its own survey of corporate hiring managers and members of the general public about the issue. The survey showed that fifty-seven percent of hiring managers believed qualified but unattractive candidates were likely to have a harder time getting a job.
This is advice we hate to have to repeat: never get cosmetic procedures, including so-called non-surgical procedures, from a person without first checking to ensure that the practitioner is licensed to practice medicine. Also, never receive an injection or other procedure in a setting such as a person's home or other non-clinical setting.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons recently released its annual round-up of statistics on plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed in the US last year. Although the report does not include any real suprises, it does still include some important information.
Much of the discussion about body image problems has been associated with women. Women, we are told, see images of models and actresses on billboards, magazines, and television, and often feel self-conscious by comparison. Women internalize media ideals of beauty, which leads to self-objectification (imagining themselves as a collection of body parts that are sexual objects, rather than as a human being), then to body surveillance (closer attention to their appearance) and body shame, which then drives them to seek to pursue the media-imposed ideal.
Although women tend to be very aware of the adverse effects of winter weather on their skin, men often pay less attention, and may suffer serious adverse consequences.
If you look at your face and feel that your appearance is either too masculine or too feminine, you may wonder whether anything can be done to help you look more like you feel you should look. The answer is: yes. Actually, the physical differences between a masculine face and a feminine one are very subtle, and often can be addressed with a number of treatments.