Gynecomastia (Man Boobs)

I ran into an old secondary school mate the other day and we decided to catch up on old times. We laughed over a lot of things, over stupid pranks we played on each other as youngsters, over fights we had, and over all manna of mischievous activities. We also recalled how he was often teased on end over his “man boobs”.
Oh boy, we gave the guy some serious hard time and would often taunt him with girlish names. He joined us in JSS 3 and as a new student, he would often erupt into violent tempers and attempt to fight everyone but as he realised that students were not likely to relent, as long as he was a student in that school, he decided to stop fighting us, get used to it and even joined us in making fun of himself.

We recalled how he would often dress up in girl’s wear, escape from our hostel to the girls school next door to convey letters to our crushes. Lol good old days

It was not until in my medical school and practicing days did I realise that this was actually a medical condition.
The condition, Gynecomastia is the swelling of the glandular tissue in boys or men, caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogenic and testosterone. This condition leads to the abnormal development of the breast due to the overdevelopment of breast tissue which can affect one or both breasts.

Gynecomastia must be distinguished from pseudogynecomstia or lipomastia which simply refers to the presence of fat deposits in the breast area of an obese man. It most times develops during adolescent years however in some boys, the breast shrinks away within a couple of years due to hormone levels stabilizing.

Although this condition does not have any health risk, adjusting to this condition is usually a problem because of society. It can affect one mentally and psychologically. My friend told me how the terrible embarrassments he experienced growing up had traumatised him so much that it affected his self-confidence even as an adult.
He talked about how he began to work-out hoping that working out would tone out his chest as well as his “boobs’. He did get toned out quite all right with abs and stuff but unfortunately this did not help the situation. It even ended up making the breasts appear more prominent on his chest. That was when he resulted to wearing baggy shirts to hide his chests.

Asides from the fact that older men and boys may develop Gynecomastia as a result of normal changes in the hormone levels, other causes of this condition may also exist.

CAUSES
Asides from the enlargement of the glandular, Gynecomastia can result from the excessive or abuse of numerous drugs or medication. For example antibiotics, herbal drugs like dong quai, tea tea oil, narcotics etc.
Certain medical condition can also be responsible for this condition too and that includes: Low testosterone levels, kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver and of course obesity.

TREATMENT
Medications and surgery can be used to treat this condition. However, medications are only effective at the early stages after which it may no longer be effective. Hence surgical removal is usually the most effective and permanent treatment to restore a normal breast appearance.
We operated on that friend of mine two days ago. His reaction when he saw his flat chest and boobs gone was priceless. But what is more priceless for me is the fact that I was able to help him get rid of the condition that has prevented him from living a normal and happier life for years.

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Rejuvenate your Sexuality

A letter dropped into my email 2 weeks ago. The email was from a lady who had some health challenges that she felt too embarrassed discussing with anyone. So she got hold of my email address so that she could send me an email where she could freely express herself.

After reading her email, I replied her mail assuring her that there was nothing to be ashamed off. Besides, her condition was common in some women especially those who had undergone childbirth multiple times. I further invited her for consultation in my office.

After consultation, she felt so relieved within herself that she permitted me to share her letter in my next diary entry.

The Letter…
Good Morning Doctor,
I’m one of your many fans and have being watching and following you especially on Instagram.
I have a little health challenge which is known to me alone and I have been too embarrassed to share with anyone. After I had my fourth child, I developed a peeing issue. Yes, I call it peeing issue because with any little exertion like coughing or laughing, I release a little bit of pee each time. It has become really embarrassing to me that I had resulted to wearing adult diapers.
I’m also having issues with my sex life because my husband complain about lack of satisfaction during sex. I’m in desperate need of help sir.
Mrs. LA

During consultation, I told her that she was not the only one in that condition as a lot of women also suffer same condition. After myself and my other doctors properly examined her. I concluded that what she needed was the tightening of the vaginal, a vaginal rejuvenation would solve her problems.

In my line of work, I have treated quite a number of these cases which I realise has become a huge source of unhappiness in the lives of many women. This health issue has pushed many women out there to seek permanent solution to this problem hence I find myself interacting with a number if these cases.

Vaginal Rejuvenation
Vaginal rejuvenation involves the tightening of the inner and outer muscles and structure of the vagina by the use of the Laser resurfacing machine or the CO2 laser machine in enhancing vaginal muscles tone, strength and control.

As women become older and undergo childbearing, there is tendency for wall muscles of the vaginal, etc. Also there is also the issue of sexual dissatisfaction which has become a major concern among women.

Treatment
After a pelvic exam has been conducted, we begin treatment by inserting a fractional CO2 laser about four to six centimetres into the vaginal. The laser beam penetrates about 0.5m into the vaginal wall, deep enough to reach the level of the skin where collagen is formed.

Results
Vaginal rejuvenation works by tightening the walls of the virginal by the use CO2 laser machine, hence creating enough friction in the virginal that allows for improved sexual experience. Sexual satisfaction, etc. It also fights vaginal dryness and incontinence and may even fight low libido.

It restores tone to tissue and increase blood flow- which increases lubrication and strengthens the supporting ligaments surrounding the bladder and urethra to reduce the symptoms of stress urinary incontinence.

The procedure is completely painless and one can resume sexual activity after 24 hours of treatment.

After the procedure, I told her to write me again detailing how this treatment had improved her life. She called me four days later very excited with good news. The excitement and gratitude in her voice gave me that deep satisfaction and reassurance that I am indeed in the right profession.

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Dr Laser’s Diary Brazilian Butt Lift- Enhancing a Woman’s Sexuality.

As a plastic surgeon, I have met, conversed and even counselled countless number of women over the years and I have come to the conclusion that a woman’s joy and fulfilment is tantamount to the perception she has about herself and frankly speaking, physical beauty plays a major role in defining this perception.

For this reason, my work as a body sculptor has brought me great satisfaction. I get satisfaction and joy from the reaction on the faces of my patients when they see their new bodies, from every letter they write me, from their testimonials, from stories of marriages been fixed, and ultimately from all the women we have helped achieve body goals.

These fuel my passion and desire to be a better version of myself and profession. That Is why I tell people that Plastic surgery goes beyond physical aesthetics, it transcends into helping people feel comfortable, confident and Inspired with a renewed zest for life in their body.

The majority of the work I do in this profession which is Liposuction, Tummy tuck, breast and butt lift is designed to not only enhance a woman’s sexuality but to all bring out its youthfulness and beauty.

In this journal, I’d like to talk about the procedure that allows for the total sculpturing of the body. The procedure is the liposuction of the abdomen and back with transfer to the butt which is also known as the Brazilian butt lift. For many individuals who would like to undergo this procedure someday and are wondering what the procedure is all about, I will provide step by step information and insight into this procedure.
What you should know about Brazilian Butt Lift

Liposuction (Lipo- Means Fat and Suction- Means to suck out) is the harvesting of fat tissues that have accumulated over time from parts of the body such as the abdomen, back, thighs, laps, flanks etc some of these fats are transferred to the butt area to give it a shapier, curvier look.

The cannula is used to harvest the fat into the canister, which is a sterile container that holds the fat temporary before it is transferred back into the butt area.

Liposuction and fat transfer to the butt area is far better and safer than implants because it gives a more natural look and softer feel.

After all the tests has been run and eligibility for the procedure has been determined, the following are the steps required for the procedure

Step 1- With a surgical marker, markings are made on the site where fat will be harvested and injected. Incisions sites through which the fat will be injected are about 2 to 3 millimetres in length
Step 2- My nurses disinfect all parts of your body especially the harvest site and the buttocks. These will reduce the likelihood of an infection at the surgical site.
Step 3. My Anaesthetist administer anaesthesia to put you to sleep while procedure is being carried out on you.
Step 4- Tumescent fluid is injected through an Infiltration cannula into the areas of fat that will undergo liposuction.
Step 5- Transfer is made to the butt area
Step 6- The incisions points are closed with sutures to keep the fat from extruding from the buttocks.
Just as I care a lot about the satisfaction of my patients with their bodies, I also care about their emotional and mental wellbeing. I have to ensure that they have decided to undergo these plastic surgery procedures only for the right reasons. The other day, I had bluntly refused to operate on a patient whose only reason for this surgery was because her boyfriend was insisting. He wanted to see Kim Kardashian in her.

I knew that no matter how good the outcome of this procedure is, her boyfriend who had unrealistic expectations for her would never be satisfied. Hence, I bluntly told her that she should only make such important decision for no one else but herself. If she is happy and comfortable in her body, she shouldn’t allow anyone body shame her and pressuring her in a plastic surgery operation.

In Grandville, we encourage and promote a healthy positive body image of all our patients.
After many years of practice in this field, I have come to the conclusion that a woman’s body and perception of how she views herself is a contributing factor to her self-confidence and worth and that is why we try our utmost best to restore a woman’s youthfulness and beauty.

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Caring for your body after a Breast Surgery

We seldom have patients complain of complications after a successful breast surgery. Hence, When I received a call from a patient two days ago that she was having issues with her breasts after a breast lift surgery was done 2 weeks ago, I pointedly asked if she had adhered to all the instructions that was given to her which she answered in the affirmative.

We invited her over to the office so we could examine her and upon examination, we discovered that not only had she flaunted all our rules, she had taken off the surgical bra made to protect her breasts and speed up recovery. She had also involved herself in activity that had her putting pressure on the breasts.

This caused some swelling, hematoma (accumulation of blood under the skin), poor scaring and foul smelling discharge from the incision site.

Adhering to your doctor’s advice after a surgery is as important as the surgery itself.

After a breast lift, the breasts which will be covered with sterile dressing and supported with a surgical bra is very important as it will determine the outcome of the surgery. Small tubes might be placed at the incision sites in your breasts to drain any excess blood or fluid which will be removed after 2 weeks.

You should also avoid any strenuous activities like driving, straining, bending, lifting or involving in any strenuous activity or even sexual activity. Sleep on your back or your side to keep pressure off your breasts. Also, ask your doctor when it will be okay for you to resume normal activities like taking a shower, etc meanwhile always keep your breasts out of the sun.

The stitches around the breast would either be removed or dissolved on its own depending on the type used. You are supposed to wear the surgical bra, round the clock for about 4 weeks. Even when sleeping never take it off.

You don’t need to be told the importance of your medications and pain relievers. They help to keep infections away and ease the pain and any discomfort you may be feeling.

Aesthetic breast surgery whether you are reducing, augmenting or lifting has a potential to embellish your womanhood helping you feel youthful and increase your sexuality.

Our work in Grandville is aimed at helping every women feel good in their own body thereby promoting self- confidence as a woman.

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Grandville Intensive Care Unit- In the Business of Saving Lives

Grandville Intensive Care Unit- In the Business of Saving Lives….

Passion for life, whether I’m saving it, or I’m sculpting it, has driven me into this medical profession, not only as plastic surgeon but ultimately as a medical doctor avowed to preserve life and enable people enjoy this life in their bodies.
As an individual and also as a doctor, humanity has always been the bane of my existence and I always seize every opportunity to impact society, one way or the other.

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Consultation with the Lady at the Airport- What you should know about breast lift

Consultation with the Lady at the airport –  What you should know about Breast lift

The other day as I sat in one of the Airport restaurants, flipping through a magazine while I waited for my flight to Abuja, I noticed a lady sitting adjacent to me flipping through her phone and stealing glances at me.

After few minutes, she looked up from her phone and blurted out

“Dr Laser?” before I could reply, she went on to say…” of Grandville…? The plastic surgeon?”

Oh boy, I knew there was no escaping on this one. I had no choice but to answer in the affirmative

“yesss”

“oh my God! Oh my God! I’m finally meeting with you, I follow you on Instagram” while she dramatized I silently hoped she would simply just say hi and go her merry way leaving me to enjoy my peace and quiet. Well that did not happen as I watched her change her seat to sit right next to me. Read more “Consultation with the Lady at the Airport- What you should know about breast lift”

Liposuction or Tummy Tuck- Which suits you best?

A patient walked into my office the other day requesting for a tummy tuck. Upon examination, i discovered that what she really needed was a liposuction.  In this line of work, i get to meet alot of people who desire a flatter tummy and fit figure but are unable to tell one procedure separate from the other. People tend to confuse Liposuction from a Tummy tuck and this lady happens to be one of the many patients i’ve had to school.

In the simpliest way that i could, i educated her that a Liposuction consist of removing the deposits of fat located in between the skin and the abdominal muscles, through some tiny incisions made in the skin.

Liposuction can be used to treat areas of excesses fat on the abdomen and back, arms, thigh, breast, neck,calves, saddle bags etc. Hence, the procedure is suitable for people who have firm elastic skin with pockets of fat in certain areas.

Abdominoplasty which is popularly known as Tummy tuck is suitable for patients with loose abdominal skin or muscles. Loose skin can occur after childbirth or when there has been a massive weight loss.

In Tummy tuck procedure, a long incision is made in the lower abdomen, just above the pubic area where torn and weak muscles are repaired using stitches to tighten the muscles after which extra skin is removed.

In some cases, both procedures are recommended depending on the anatomy of the patient.

So the next time you think of getting a procedure done in order to fit into that beautiful dress, you can tell which procedure best suits you.

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Is plastic Surgery Safe

In the last few decades there have been numerous advances made in plastic surgery, especially with regard to technology, materials, and techniques.

These innovations have helped to make cosmetic procedures far safer and easier than ever before. Still, there are potential risks and complications with any operation, and our board certified Plastic surgeons will discuss the details associated with your chosen treatment during your initial consultation, as well as answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.

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