17-year-old boy goes under the knife to get rid of man breasts

Feb 22, 2014, 07:55 IST | Anuradha Varanasi

The teen was finding it difficult to pursue his love for football; the surgery took around 3 hours

A 17-year-old boy had to go under the knife after facing constant embarrassment and stigma from his peers because of his man breasts. The teenager decided to undergo corrective surgery to reduce his chest size as he was unable to lead a normal life and play football, his favourite sport, with his friends.

The south Mumbai resident underwent corrective surgery for gynaecomastia in Khar’s Hinduja Healthcare Surgical Hospital on Monday, which lasted for around three hours. Speaking to MiD DAY, Dr Anil Tibrewala, cosmetic surgeon at the hospital, said, “The teenager had rather big breasts. He is a Std XI student, and apart from having big breasts, he also had a large nipple areola complex.”

“First, the size of the nipple and areola (circular area surrounding the nipples) had to be reduced along with removal of glandular tissues and fat. An extra circular incision had to be made around the nipples to evenly reduce the size and go under the skin to remove the glands and fat,” added Dr Tibrewala.

With a height of 5’6, and weighing nearly 85 kgs, the 17-year-old now plans on playing football regularly along with other sports, so that he loses weight and is able to lead a more active lifestyle. Doctors have observed a rising trend of young teenagers opting for corrective surgery, to pursue their interest in sports.

Post-surgery precautions
Following the corrective surgery, patients are advised to wear a tight baniyan or corset to apply pressure on the chest area, so that skin adjustments are made accordingly over the next six months. However, visible scars remain around the nipples due to the circular incisions.

What causes gynaecomastia?
Doctors say that gynaecomastia is predominantly caused by obesity, but can also be caused due to endocrine disturbances and hereditary factors. “Recently, the parents of a 14-year-old boy also approached me in the out-patient department as he was chubby and had developed man breasts. These patients are keen on corrective surgery so they can avoid being harassed and stigmatised constantly by people,” said Dr Tibrewala.

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