“Bob” was clearly uncomfortable when he called me last week. I knew immediately what he was looking for but these conversations are always delicate – so I let him set the pace.
“I, um, need something for under my t-shirt,” he stammered. “I have a lot of discomfort when I’m trying to workout and my doctor recommended that I call you.”
Bob’s discomfort was clearly more than physical.
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes men to develop enlarged breasts. In treating Gynecomastia, the first phase of treatment may include a weight loss and exercise program. Exercise can be difficult for men with Gynecomastia – think sports bras for women – and men will often use a medical compression vest to stabilize excess adipose tissue on the chest. This is exactly what Bob was calling for.
Treatment of Gynecomastia can range from chest binding to Male Breast Reduction surgery. The treatment program selected by a doctor can vary widely depending on a number of health factors and the patient’s lifestyle. If the patient is overweight or obese, the medical compression vest can be used during the recommended weight loss period, prior to surgery, to help to shrink excess skin. Following Gynecomastia surgery, compression is crucial for a safe, comfortable recovery and optimal results.