According to a board-certified surgeon who has been known in the industry for specializing in gynecomastia surgery Dr. Vicente Firmalo, many Filipino males suffer from gynecomastia and most males who have this condition are really looking for a way to rid of their big breasts.
“Men and women both have breast tissue but usually in smaller amounts in men,” Firmalo said.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeon says that gynecomastia happens due to several factors such as hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs, and it is often characterized by excess fat, excess glandular tissue development, sometimes excess breast skin, and may appear on one breast or both breasts.
“We all know that men produce a hormone called testosterone while female hormone is called estrogen. Males also produce a small amount of estrogen. These hormones steer sexual growth in boys and girls. When there is an imbalance in the production of these hormones, it can affect their growth. For example, when a male produces less testosterone, and more estrogen, this causes male breast tissue to swell during pubertal years,” Firmalo explained.
Most cases of gynecomastia can be addressed through surgical procedures.
Dr. Vicente Firmalo is a Fellow of the Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS); Diplomate, Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery; International Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons; Member, International Society of Plastic and Regenerative Surgeons (ISPRES); and Volunteer Surgeon, Smile Train and Operation Smile.