Breast enlargement (gynecomastia) negatively affects self esteem and mental/emotional health in teenage males. In a study reported in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, it was found that even mild gynecomastia can have adverse psychological effects in boys.
Gynecomastia is an enlargement of male glandular breast tissue that is very common in adolescent boys. Even with weight loss, the problem will not be corrected in patients who have glandular enlargement or those with excess skin in the breast area. The authors write that "merely having gynecomastia was sufficient to cause significant deficits in general health, social functioning, mental health, self esteem and eating behaviours and attitudes"
It may seem obvious that breast enlargement in males could have a psychological and emotional impact on teenage boys. However, adolescent gynecomastia has historically been a cosmetic procedure and in most cases is not reimbursed by health insurance.
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