Thursday, July 30, 2009

Men Wearing Girdles News Piece Ridicules Body Shaping Garments for Deformity

Guys are wearing girdles Louisville, Kentucky misses the point of stress and emotion of living with deformity. I wonder if that station would do a segment on a cancer or trauma victim who lost their nose and was wearing a prosthetic nose piece that fell off into the soup bowl during a formal dinner?

Gynecomastia male breast enlargement is a contour issue with a strong emotional component. Those with it can be teased and tormented and tend to hide their deformity from the public with multiple layers of clothing, not participating in activities, hiding their breasts by hunching shoulders. You can listen to the emotion of living with gynecomastia here:

The Emotion and Stress of Living with Gynecomastia

After major weight loss, the skin may never shrink. The folds of flesh are a painful reminder of the mass that used to be there. Tissues bounce, the fold of extra hanging skin needs to be "packed in" when sitting down and gets in the way of many activities. These individuals can also be very stressed out and emotionally sensitive. You can see several examples here.

Loose Skin After Weight Loss

Both problems can force people to seek solutions before they are ready. Gynecomastia patients may need stabilization of their problem before considering surgery. They may need to lose weight first. Weight loss patients may have more to loose before they are done. Surgery too soon with further weight loss can result in more loose skin. Being patient helps.

Several years ago we started cheating in our office. After Gynecomastia Compression Garments can reduce swelling and discomfort after surgery. A Second Stage Compression Garment can help with evolving scars. This second stage garment looks like a compression gym shirt but really stabilizes the body and contour issues. We let our patients who were very stressed out try on a Second Stage Garment to help while they were waiting for their problem to stabilize or loose further weight. You should have seen the expressions on their faces. The transformation was instantaneous. They would not take off the garments. You can see the effect these Body Shaping Garments have with both before and after pictures. Movies show the effect of bouncing and bending of these Body Shapers. I call them an Emotional Band-Aid. What the garments offer is a temporary contour solution, dignity, relief of stress, and the ability to live life again and be patient until the problem stabilizes. Surgery can then deal with a more stabile situation and achieve better results. We have patients wearing these garments around the world, even in the hot tropical latitudes and those in hot desert environments. When they come back for their surgical sculpture, they relate how the compression garments helped them emotionally, relaxed them while they enjoyed the gym, playground, or even going out to dinner with less stress. Yes, the garments are only a temporary fix, just like a prosthetic nose covering a defect. When they come off, the problem remains. But as an emotional band-aide, these Body Shaping Garments are a phenomenal tool to reduce stress and tension while waiting until Gynecomastia Surgery, Male Mastopexy Chest Lift, Tummy Tuck Abdominoplasty, or Body Lift Surgery can offer a better solution.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bemant, M.D.
Plastic Surgery 4U

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia is a defect of the Adrenal Gland resulting in too many male and female hormones. Failure to tread can result in a body exposed to both. Learn why recognizing this problem early in life is essential. Find links, diagnosis, symptoms, and pictures of this problem. Listen to the voice of an untreated adult. Learn why his breasts regrew after reduction surgery.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Standard Video Male Chest to Document Gynecomastia Drooping and Deformity

Over the past 11 years I have been evolving my video documentation of the human body, standardizing each body region and problem. Here is the current version for the male chest, gynecomastia, male chest ptosis and drooping, scars, and deformity. Movies really add dimension. Elements of the problem that otherwise do not show with still pictures become obvious. This particular transgender patient's video shows the adhesions after breast implant placement and removal (by another doctor). The dynamic scars show quite well with the arms on hips pectoral muscles relaxed then tightened. The breast fat and gland and drooping are demonstrated very well. Missing components of the video are a shot of the patient turning 360 degrees with the arms on hips which is used for the massive weight loss patient to show the extent of the folds of skin around the back and under the arms. A back view is also part of that series. You can then follow the link on that page to see the movie before after surgery

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Recovery and Healing after Transgender Female to Male Top Sugery

View pictures before and after transgender Top Surgery for the transsexual who wants a male chest contour. Learn about the emotions behind dealing with breasts in the transgendered. See photos of early healing and limited swelling / bruising of Dr. Bermant's Techniques.

Transgender Surgery - Male to Female Top Surgery

Explore transgender surgery for female to male (FTM or F2M). Learn about minimizing scars in reconstructing the male chest with top surgery. Find many before and after surgery pictures, and movies showing the details of sculpture, healing, and recovery. Dr. Bermant sees patients from around the world who prefer his techniques.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Pseudogynecomastia Definition Diagnosis and Treatment

Pseudogynecomastia is female like breast contour on a male chest composed primarily of fat. Learn about the definition, diagnosis, and treatment options.