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As summer rolls around many couples are making their way to summer vacations, days on the boat, day trips to the beach, and outdoor activities like jet skiing. As you observe men and women enjoying the sun it’s hard not to notice men who may wear their T-shirts without ever removing them even in the hottest sun and the most active activities. For some of these men the reason for keeping on their T-shirts could be embarrassment. There are two main reasons that men are embarrassed about their bodies. For some men there could be an excessive growth of male breast tissue which causes men to have an enlarged appearance to their breast. This can cause embarrassment since enlarged the breast are associated with women and not men. This condition is called gynecomastia. Dr. Seify effectively treats gynecomastia allowing his patients to regain their confidence and to go shirtless in public unashamed. To perform gynecomastia an incision is made around the nipple areola complex where the dark and light skin colors meet. This incision heals remarkably well and is virtually undetectable within a short period of time following surgery. Through this incision Dr. Seify removes not only the growth of breast tissue but also the fat that may lie underneath. The procedure has mild to moderate discomfort and pain. The patient wears a compression vest following the surgery based on the recommended time. This helps to re-drape the skin and allow the chest to have a smooth and aesthetically pleasing appearance. The other reason men are likely to feel embarrassed about their bodies would be if they have excess thickness on their abdomen. Liposuction of the abdomen for men is an excellent option for removing small amounts of fat and contouring the abdomen for a more toned and flat abdomen. Liposuction of the abdomen will reduce the inches for the waist size. Men who have intra-abdominal fat or excess loose skin will not be a candidate for liposuction. So, if your man is embarrassed to go shirtless the summer it is the perfect time to discover if gynecomastia surgery or liposuction are a viable option. Patients who are considering either of these plastic surgery procedures are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.

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For many men the thought of having plastic surgery is not a positive one. Gynecomastia surgery is a procedure that treats excessive male breast tissue by removing the tissue and surrounding fat. For many men this is a source of embarrassment. The concept of going shirtless during the summer is not an option for men who are affected negatively by gynecomastia. Dr. Seify explains to his male patients that for some patients gynecomastia is a genetic issue. For other patients, lifestyle choices including steroids or other drugs could have contributed to the appearance of excessive male breast tissue. Whatever the reason, for many men especially as they age, the breast tissue has become a focal point in their wardrobe selection. The winter months are one of the most popular times for men to consider gynecomastia surgery. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and most patients are able to return to work in as few as three days. Dr. Seify will instruct patients to wear a compression vest following surgery. This vest helps to re-drape the skin after the tissue and that has been removed. Most patients find the surgery to have only mild to moderate discomfort. The  compression vest is worn following surgery. It is virtually undetectable underneath a shirt or sweater. Most patients will heal completely within 3 to 4 weeks following surgery. Scheduling surgery during the winter months ensures that the incisions, although well hidden, will be healed. Dr. Seify encourages men who have trouble with the appearance of large male breast to consider gynecomastia surgery and schedule a consultation.

Breast cancer in men is rare; however, it does happen. According to recent online article researchers reported that they have isolated another genetic variation that could be connected to male breast cancer. Male breast cancer kills several hundred men in the United States every year. The finding won’t immediately lead to any improvements in treatment for the disease. Still, “by finding more male breast cancer genes, we can understand more about the biology of the disease and, as a result, get a better understanding of how best to treat male breast cancer,” said study author Dr. Nick Orr, a team leader at the Institute of Cancer Research in London. “We hope these findings will also help us to learn more about how the disease works in women, too.” Male breast cancer is approximately hundred times less common than female breast cancer according to the American Cancer Society. It is estimated this year that breast cancer will be diagnosed in approximately 2,190 and United States and will actually kill about 410 men. Although the prognosis for men is similar to that for women much less is known about the disease in men. A study that was released last year discovered that men are diagnosed on average at an older age (70) than women (62). The new study examines the DNA of 123 men diagnosed with breast cancer contrasted with 2795 similar men who were breast cancer free. By analyzing the genes of 438 men with the disease and 474 similarly situated men without the disease, the team discovered a variation in a gene known as RAD51B. This gene was found in 20% of men with breast cancer but only 15% of those without it. The gene is also known to be associated with female breast cancer. For now, the findings are useful in terms of understanding the disease, said Dr. Mikael Hartman, an assistant professor at National University of Singapore. “The ultimate goal is prevention, but that is a long way ahead. Thus, any preventive treatment will have to wait.” While understanding the implication of DNA and what it means to the development of breast cancer in men is inconclusive, men should be aware of one risk factor for developing breast cancer in men. Excessive male breast tissue ;something men rarely talk about. While it is embarrassing and considered largely cosmetic, gynecomastia could put men at some degree of risk for developing breast cancer. The reality is one of the largest connections to breast cancer is the presence of breast tissue. Gynecomastia is male breast tissue that is excessive. Dr. Seify performs gynecomastia surgery which removes male breast tissue as well as the fat associated with it. It is rare that insurance companies will pay for the procedure; however men who invest in having the procedure performed are extremely satisfied with the results from both a health perspective as well as aesthetically. It is not guaranteed that the removal of male breast tissue will prevent a man from developing breast cancer as there is breast tissue that remains. Men who have excessive breast tissue are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation to discover their options for having gynecomastia surgery to remove the excess tissue.

Breast cancer awareness for research and treatment is publicized heavily for the months of September and October. It is important to note that September is also considered National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. While it is a widely held belief that men do not go to see their doctor as often as women, according to recent article it doesn’t change the fact that they should. According to the article every year in the United States 39,000 women die from breast cancer and 30,000 men die from prostate cancer. Diagnosis rates of prostate cancer are approximately 241,000 each year compared to the diagnose rates for breast cancer among women which are 221,000.

Men’s Health Includes Appearance Too

One in six men are risk for prostate cancer and it is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States according to www.cancer.org . Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in the US. According to the article breast cancer awareness is much more widely publicized thanks to the persistent and diligent work of many women. According to the article the reason is the  difference between the sexes. Most men are not comfortable sharing health information and consider it private. Medical professionals and survivors have made impassioned pleas to men to get tested for prostate cancer.  Contrary to what many men believe, even men who have been healthy with the right lifestyle choices (including not smoking or drinking, eating right and exercising) can still fall prey to prostate cancer.

Men and Plastic Surgery

Dr. Seify consults with male patients who often are reluctant to consider plastic surgery. Dr. Seify explains that cosmetic surgery performed properly will not cause men to look dramatically different than they did before. The goal is for the man to look more refreshed, more youthful, healthier than before the surgery. Most procedures that are performed on men are not excessively painful and are performed on an outpatient basis. Most men are able to return to a desk type position within 5 to 7 days depending on the procedure. The most popular procedures for men include gynecomastia surgery,(the removal of excess male breast tissue ), liposuction, and blepharoplasty(eyelid lift). Patients are encouraged to contact the office and schedule a consultation to determine which procedures would be the best for their specific concerns.

Breast reduction surgery is not something men usually think about.Summer at the beach for most men includes taking their shirt off and enjoying the summer activities. For some men this is an uncomfortable experience and they are more likely to leave on at least a T-shirt rather than expose their chest. For some men they have excessive breast tissue which can be extremely embarrassing. For some men who are overweight the excessive breast tissue adds to the embarrassment of being overweight.

Breast Reduction an Option for Men

For men who are not obese it can be even more embarrassing because the breast appear even larger on their body frame. Dr. Seify consults with these male patients and helps them to understand that their condition can be greatly improved with gynecomastia surgery. Gynecomastia surgery allows Dr. Seify to remove not only the breast tissue but also the underlying fat that causes the breast to be even more pronounced on the chest. While the procedure is rather straightforward, patient should insist on a qualified ASPS board-certified plastic surgeon performing the procedure. It should never be considered as a simple chest liposuction procedure, because in many cases it liposuction alone is performed patients are often unhappy because the breast tissue remains and the overall look is not improved much.

Breast Reduction Surgery for Men

Typically incisions are limited to the aerial a where the dark pigmentation in light pigmentation meet so therefore scarring over time is barely visible. For most men they are able to return to a desk type position within 3 to 7 days following surgery. Dr. Seify will usually require a compression vest to be worn for approximately 3 weeks following surgery. This allows the skin to read rape so that the appearance is smooth and natural following surgery. The compression garment is fairly thin and can be worn under a regular shirt without being visibly noticeable. Most men are extremely pleased with the results of gynecomastia surgery. For many, once they have had this procedure performed it is the first time that they are in public without a shirt. Breast reduction for men is becoming more popular as men become more aware of the fact that they now have options and do not have to live with the embarrassment of oversized breast.

 

 

breastBreast cancer is much better known in women than in men; however, it can and does happen to men. According to a recent onlinenewsstory researchers reviewed 10 years of national study data on breast cancer cases, from 1998 to 2007. A combined total of 13,457 male patients diagnosed during those years were included, as compared to 1.4 million women. The database contains about 75 percent of all U.S. breast cancer cases.

Breast Cancer in Men Difficult Train

The men who were analyzed survived an average of about eight years after being diagnosed, as compared to more than 10 years for women. The study is not specifically state whether patients died of breast cancer or some other fate.  A summary of the study will be made in a presentation at a meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in Phoenix. Dr. Akkamma Ravi, a breast cancer specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, said the research elevates results in smaller studies and could help to increase awareness. Because the disease is so rare in men, research is fairly nonexistent, and doctors mostly treat it the same way they manage the disease in women, she said. The causes of breast cancer in men are not well analyzed, but many of the same factors that elevate women’s chances for developing it also have an effect on men, including older age, cancer-linked gene mutations, a family history of the disease, and heavy drinking. There are no specific guidelines for detecting breast cancer in men.

Breast Health Is Important For Men Too

People should remember that the most significant risk factor for breast cancer is breast tissue. Male patients should be conscious of the existence of male breast tissue especially if it is visibly larger then customary. Some men contact Dr. Seify because they are concerned with excessive breast tissue which is known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastiasurgery includes reducing the fat in the chest area as well as excision of the breast tissue. Often men will tell Dr. Seify that the enlarged breast tissue is an embarrassment and does not allow them to wear fitted shirts were to go shirtless. Gynecomastia surgery can be performed in about two hours(depending on the amount of breast tissue) and most patientscan return to a desk type job and 3 to 5 days. In most cases a compression vest will be worn after surgery for a period of time to help re-drape the skin and create a flatter more aesthetically pleasing chest. Gynecomastia surgery will not guarantee that a man cannot get breast cancer; however if excessive breast tissue is a concern especially if there is a lump or discharge men should seek medical evaluation.

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