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More men getting rid of big breasts

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By Tonia Bendickson - bio l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A new kind of hero is emerging in America.  Big men are taking on stereotypes, fighting battles with food and fat and speaking out.  The movie "Lbs." opened to limited release tonight.  It's the story of a 315-pound man who moves to the middle of nowhere to kick his food addiction.

This new trend also shows men more willing to DO something about what they don't like about their bodies.  Overall cosmetic surgeries were DOWN in 2009.  But the number of MEN going under the knife was UP.  And the biggest surge in plastic surgeries, is men who want to get rid of big breasts.

Photos of Narien Penley show some of a man's proudest moments:  His service as a Marine, getting married, and the birth of his son.  But it was these photos he found online, Penley said, "I started looking around on the Internet about how to get rid of Gynecomastia, " that most recently, most dramatically changed his life.

I asked him, "did you know there was a name for it?"  Penley said, "No.  It was man boobs, then, moobs."

Penley tried diet and exercise, people picked on him, his confidence suffered.  "It's like a knife to body armor," he said, "It's gonna go through, even though a bullet won't."

Penley was afraid to stand up in front of people.  He never removed his shirt; not at home, not in public, "Because in my mind," he said, "Everybody was looking straight at my chest."

Penley's search for help led him to Dr. Stephan Finical of Charlotte Plastic Surgery.

"Gynecomastia literally means female breast," says Finical.  And it's not just fat.  It's actual breast tissue.

That's why diet and exercise didn't help Penley.  The cause is usually a hormone imbalance.

Finical adds, "It got one blast of estrogen, it grew, and it never went away."

Dr. Finical removed Penley's breast tissue , and changed his life.  "I'm very proud that I had it done," said Penley, "It's like a shiny new badge."

And the cost was affordable, he believes, about $4,000.

Finical says, "We call it an elective surgery, but  if you are a male, and you have female breasts, it's probably not elective to you."

Penley adds, he wanted to speak out to liberate other men to do something about Gynecomastia, "It's not a lost cause that it's going to be there forever.  And it really is a weight off your chest."

WEB EXTRAS:  Dr. Stephan Finical of Charlotte Plastic Surgery describes the process.  Click on red camera icon above.

Also, from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery:

The top five cosmetic surgical procedures performed in 2009 for men and women, and their average costs:

The top five cosmetic procedures for women/average cost (physician/surgeon fees only)

Breast augmentation   ($3,860)

Liposuction                  ($2,803)

Eyelid Surgery              ($2,717)

Abdominoplasty           ($5,381)

Breast Reduction         ($5,637)

 

The top five cosmetic procedures for men/average cost (physician/surgeon fees only)

Liposuction                  ($2,803)

Rhinoplasty                  ($4,493)

Eyelid Surgery              ($2,717)

Breast Reduction         ($3,294)

Hair Transplantation     ($5,218)

 

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