UNITED ARAB EMIRATES— Experts at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of the M42 network, have developed a novel reconstructive approach to improve surgical outcomes for gynecomastia, a major problem among males globally.

Gynecomastia, defined as the growth of breast tissue in males caused by hormonal imbalances, steroid or pharmaceutical use, obesity, or organ malfunction, affects up to half of all healthy men worldwide.

If the condition lasts longer than six months or has a severe influence on an individual’s self-confidence, surgery is recommended.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s innovative treatment seeks to improve body contouring and surgical outcomes for patients having enlarged breast tissue excisions while enhancing patient well-being.

Gynecomastia surgery involves removing extra breast tissue and skin, performing liposuction, and repositioning the nipple areola complex to a more natural position.

However, tissue removal frequently causes a concave chest appearance, also known as a ‘dished-out appearance,’ which can have an impact on post-surgical outcomes and self-esteem.

Dr. Rafal Iskanderian, a staff physician in the Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, developed a unique procedure for augmenting the pectoralis muscle using the thickened inframammary fold beneath larger breasts.

This reduces the undesirable concave appearance after surgery, promoting a more natural chest contour.

In his speech, Dr. Iskanderian emphasized the importance of this discovery, adding that the atypical inframammary fold is typically eliminated during surgery, potentially resulting in an odd torso appearance.

The unique treatment tries to address this issue by giving young guys undergoing gynecomastia surgery better confidence and body image.

The surgery, which has been conducted on 30 patients thus far, has produced encouraging outcomes and received excellent patient feedback.

Gynecomastia awareness is growing, with 30% of patients seeking treatment at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Breast Health Program reporting the ailment.

While gynecomastia is not a risk factor for breast cancer, all patients receive initial screening, including imaging and, if necessary, biopsies, to rule out malignancies, as men account for a small proportion of breast cancer patients globally.

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Breast Health Program provides a comprehensive clinical assessment for men with gynecomastia, including a history, examination, complete blood workup, and imaging tests to accurately diagnose hormonal imbalances and rule out potential malignancies associated with the condition.

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