Enlargement of breasts in males, known as ‘Gynecomastia,’ or ‘male boobs,’ is an embarrassing condition for the affected individuals. No amount of dieting, exercise, or medication can remove the enlarged breasts. Surgery is the only known treatment for them. However, medical literature is confusing, vague, and disorganized on the subject. There are no clear-cut guidelines for surgeons as to how to treat these breasts effectively. The consequences are disastrous. Examples of such disastrous consequences are, enlargement of breasts again after surgery, loosely hanging ‘bag-like’ skin sleeves, bizarre shapes of chest wall, grotesque appearances of the remaining breasts that have been removed incompletely or grown again after surgery, persistence of abnormal folds underneath the breasts that are characteristic of women, unsightly scars on the chest wall, scar problems such as excessive thickness and/or stretching of chest scars etc, which result in unhappy patients after surgery.
Dr. B. Venkata Ratnam, Head of Plastic Surgery at NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi, had made extensive research, for a period of over seven years, and made two ground-breaking contributions on this subject. His precious works were published in both the prestigious, peer-reviewed, indexed, international journals in the world that are dedicated exclusively to cosmetic surgery.
1. “A New Classification and Treatment Protocol for Gynecomastia”.
B. Venkata Ratnam. International Contribution. Aesthetic Surgery Journal (known as the “Golden Journal”). ELSEVIER. ISSN: 1090820X. Volume 29 • Number 1 • January/February 2009, Pp 26-31. doi:10.1016/j.asj.2008.11.003.www.aestheticsurgeryjournal.com.
2. HOW IMPORTANT IS "PSEUDOGYNECOMASTIA"?
Bandikatla Venkata Ratnam. How Important Is “Pseudogynecomastia”?. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Springer International, New York, N.Y, USA. ISSN: 0364-216X (print version). ISSN: 1432-5241 (electronic version). Journal no 266. Volume 35, Issue 4 (2011), Page 668-669. DOI:10.1007/s00266-010-9629-0. Open Access. Published online: 07 December, 2010. http://www.springer.com/medicine/surgery/journal/266