Gynecomastia - Y Plastic

What is Gynecomastia? Who gets it? At what age should it be treated?
Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by a male developing breast tissue similar to a woman. It can be as small as a disc behind the nipple, or a full-fledged breast. Any man from puberty onward can be susceptible to developing gynecomastia. When/if the breast tissue is detected and is bothersome to the person, it should be discussed with a physician.
What causes it? What effects does it have on self-esteem, etc. of boys/men?
Gynecomastia can occur from a number of things—sometimes it is a normal response to pubertal hormone levels. More commonly it is a consequence of marijuana use, or in association with obesity. A physician will also need to check that it is not from a testicular tumor, or other biochemical abnormalities.

Gynecomastia is tremendously debilitating to self-esteem— especially in younger males. It can be perceived as quite embarrassing for them and may make them less likely to participate in social activities that might reveal that they have abnormal breast tissue. Sports, locker rooms, swimming, etc. (anywhere they would take off their shirts) generally cause extreme embarrassment.

How is it treated? Recovery? Expected outcome?
Once we know the gynecomastia is there, we can determine an appropriate treatment plan. From a minor procedure, coupled with liposuction, to a major procedure involving a “mastectomy for men,” the approach needed will depend on the amount of extra tissue present, and the best way for us to achieve a normal male contoured chest. This can create a minimal down-time recovery, or one that may take several weeks.

What questions should you ask during a consultation? What should you look for in a doctor?
I would recommend choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who has experience in treating this condition. Ask the doctor to determine the cause of the gynecomastia. Make certain that your surgeon answers your questions and that you feel comfortable with his/her ability to provide the outcome that you desire.

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Women's Synchro MX Blue Atoll White - Mizuno - July BSA 2016

Designed for everyone from the avid runner to the casual exerciser, the Synchro MX by Mizuno provides soft support for the feet with the new U4icX midsole material, offering stable heel-to-toe transition and a breathable mesh fabric. Mizuno is also the official footwear and apparel sponsor of the Atlanta Track Club, so throw on a red or blue pair of the Synchro MX this 4th of July and you’ll be Peachtree Road Race ready!

Details: $89.99, DICK’S Sporting Goods;


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When Georgia Reproductive Specialists (GRS) proclaims that patients come first, they mean it. The dire need for patient-centered care is what inspired the creation of this reproductive healthcare facility in 2000.

Its highly specialized team consists of board certified physicians, nurses, embryologists, laboratory technicians, financial advisors and administrators who are passionate about what they do and dedicated to fulfilling your dreams of becoming a parent.

At GRS, you do not have a “doc of the day,” but rather a team that is with you every step of your journey.

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Patients can seek personalized care and treatment for recurrent pregnancy loss, male and female infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome, in vitro fertilization, egg donation, fertility preservation and LGBT family building in a comfortable and understanding environment.

GRS Scientific Director, Michael Tucker, PhD, is credited with the first live birth in the United States produced by injecting a single sperm into an egg, a procedure called Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection or ICSI, and the nation’s first baby resulting from testicular biopsy, as well as the world’s first births from frozen donor eggs.

GRS’s winning combination of patient-oriented medical care and use of the latest and most effective laboratory technologies position them as the top choice for reproductive services in Atlanta. At GRS, patients will never be alone on the path to parenthood. From the initial testing and diagnosis through the most advanced treatment options, the GRS team is committed to working together with each patient and to finding the most cost-effective solutions to each fertility challenge.

Sponsored by: Georgia Reproductive Specialists

Atlanta/Northside  |  Decatur  |  Alpharetta  |  Buckhead/Piedmont  |  Phone: (404) 843-BABY  |

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Dale Chihuly - Atlanta Botanical Garden - BSA July 2016

The Atlanta Botanical Garden comes to life this summer through the vividly colorful glass creations of famed artist Dale Chihuly. Known for his dramatic and imaginative glass-blown sculptures, Chihuly does not disappoint in his return to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Wander through the garden Wednesday through Sunday nights to experience the enchanting installations that are part of the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit.

Details: Tickets $21.95 adults (members $15.95);
1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA 30309,

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For the sixth consecutive year, Resurgens Orthopaedics has been honored as one of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Top Atlanta Workplaces. More than 2,500 companies were nominated and only 150 companies in the city received the distinctive title.


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Jill Binkley, founder and executive director of the local nonprofit TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation has been named recipient of the 2015 American Physical Therapy Association Oncology Section Research Award for outstanding work in oncologic physical therapy. Binkley launched  TurningPoint in 2003, with a mission to improve the quality of life for women with breast cancer through specialized rehabilitation.




Dekalb Medical Physicians Group has added new physicians to its ever-growing private practice. Varinder K. Singh, MD, has joined North Druid Hills Internal Medicine. Shahid Rafique, MD, and Shazia Naib, MD, have joined the new Snellville Physician Associates practice (previously New Snellville Clinic).



Emory Johns Creek HospitalEmory Johns Creek Hospital has become the first hospital in Georgia to offer a new image-guided treatment for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using the Pantheris device. This device improves precision of plaque removal from arteries, minimizes radiation exposure for clinician and patients, and enhances visibility for surgeons during atherectomy procedures.

Kaiser Permanente of Georgia members have been ranked as more satisfied with their health plan than members of any other health plan in the South Atlantic region, according to the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Member Health Plan StudySM. The health plan received the region’s highest scores in the categories of coverage and benefits, cost, provider choice, customer service, and information and communication.

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The Fatherless Daught Project Launch - Randolph McDow - BSA 0616

For many, Father’s Day is a way to celebrate the love, support and impact fathers and father figures have on the lives of their children. However, for countless women, it can be a solemn reminder of a “missing piece” — of the scraped knees, heartbreaks, dances and walks down the aisle that were endured without the presence of a dad.

In their book The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses & Reclaiming Our Lives, Denna D. Babul, RN and Karin Luise, PHD (pictured right) open up about facing that paternal void and how they, and other women, redirected their energy to overcome those many years of pain. The Fatherless Daughter Project seeks to empower a new generation of girls and women by teaching them that the absence of a father figure does not have to define them.

Denna and Karin knew that this father-daughter disconnection was rampant—whether through divorce or death, incarceration, emotional withdrawal, addiction or other reasons. In writing and researching their book, they became inspired to create a tangible way to help women heal from this absence. In September of 2015, they launched The Fatherless Daughter Project (TFDP) nonprofit here in Atlanta. Through mentorship programs, scholarships and support resources TFDP hopes to help women manage the issues surrounding their loss and move forward into a life filled with confidence.


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There’s something about a sweet treat that always hits the spot, especially a nice cold cone after a run on a hot summer day. Every second Tuesday of the month, Shake Shack and Highland Runners invite runners to take a tour of Atlanta on foot through their Shack Track & Field community runs. Runners who don Shack Track & Field performance shirts for the 3- to 4-mile runs will receive a complimentary post-run drink or cone of frozen custard.

Details: 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305,

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Owen Vaccaro with Eric Lingvall - Catapult Acting Studio - BSA 0616

On June 25, Catapult Acting Studio’s Erik Lingvall, named 2015 Readers’ Choice for Atlanta’s favorite acting coach by Backstage, joins Bonnie Wallace, author of the Hollywood Parents Guide and mom of Disney star Dove Cameron, to present a workshop called “The Art of Successful Stage Parenting” at SCADShow theater. Understanding professional strategies helps to manage the action from behind the scenes—whether that’s stage, screen and studio, or even high-level sports and academics.


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Westin + Fitstar - Evi Abeler Photography - BSA 0616

Fitness goals no longer have to take a back seat when it comes to traveling for work or play with the new Westin and FitStar by Fitbit® collaboration. Westin guests now receive a complimentary 30-day trial of the premium version of the popular FitStar Personal Trainer app upon check in. With the app, guests can tap into the special “Stay Fit with Westin” session, a workout meant for small spaces and to relieve common traveler body discomfort, custom-created by Westin’s national running concierge, Chris Heuisler.


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News headlines have buzzed with warnings about Zika virus ever since the Brazil outbreak last year.

According to the CDC, the virus is spread primarily by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

The symptoms are usually fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Early data shows serious complications are caused by infection during pregnancy. While reports in our area remain low, protecting the whole family from mosquito bites is always a great idea. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Summer Safety Campaign has a few tips for using insect repellent effectively:

  • Check labels on repellent to make sure it’s safe for kids
  • Apply to bare skin only
  • Apply sunscreen first, then repellent
  • Spray on your hands first—then apply to face, avoiding mouth, nose, eyes and irritated skin
  • Reapply as needed


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