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Health Beat: Male breasts: A growing problem

By Melanie Falcon, Anchor / Reporter, @Melanie_Falcon, MFalcon@wfmz.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 09:52:09 AM CST
Updated On: Oct 14 2013 04:00:00 PM CDT

Health Beat

BOCA RATON, Fla. -

Gynecomastia is an increasing problem affecting about 40 percent of men in the United States.

Enlarged male breasts can be caused by weight gain, estrogen, drugs, medications, and steroids. 

Now, one plastic surgeon has perfected a procedure that removes the breasts without leaving any scars.

Ted Schuhle developed enlarged breasts when he was just 11-years-old.

"When I was a child, my mother told me, "I wish there was a pill or something we could do for you,'" said Schuhle, now 32.

Dr. Daniel Man has developed a special two-hour surgical procedure to treat gynecomastia. He uses a laser and suction to first remove the fat. 

"We remove 2,000 cc’s. That’s a lot. That’s going from a C cup to a cup A," said Man, a plastic surgeon in Boca Raton, Fla.

Man lifts the chest with specially suspended sutures that are removed without leaving any scars.

"The embarrassment of having breast tissue is gone," Man said.

Before surgery, Schuhle tried everything, including triathlons to reduce his weight to reduce his breast size.  It was so embarrassing for him. It even affected his dating.

"During intimate times, she would not want to touch my chest. Most women prefer a nice hard chest that has muscular features to it," Schuhle explained.

Three months after surgery, Schuhle's chest finally looks normal and he is engaged to be married.

Man said he has taught about 20 plastic surgeons across the country his gynecomastia surgical suspension technique. His procedure costs about $5,000 and has a five-day recovery. Sometimes, insurance may cover the procedure.

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