Some opting for surgery to eliminate their 'man boobs' - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Some opting for surgery to eliminate their 'man boobs'

Posted: Updated:
Dr. Ruthie McClary Dr. Ruthie McClary
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (WJBK) -

49-year-old Will Bennett is passionate about resilient martial arts. 43-year-old Doug Carpenter is a clinical psychologist. They live two different lives, but both men have suffered embarrassment over their breasts.

"I am rarely without a shirt on in public, rarely go to pools," said Bennett.

"I've always worn baggy clothes or my shirts untucked," said Carpenter.

The problem brought both men to plastic surgeon Ruthie McCrary. Bennett said it has bothered him since he was a teen in the locker room.

"I happened to notice that my chest was different, that it was larger, more feminine," he told us.

There are three different times when hormones can trigger growth in male breast tissue, officially called gynocomastia.

"When you're first born and then when you're an adolescent and then the older men between 40 to 60 range when the hormone levels change," McCrary said.

Carpenter recently lost about 50 pounds, but he couldn't make his man boobs disappear, so he opted for surgery.

The procedure involves liposuction and sometimes skin removal.

We asked Dr. McCrary if once you have the surgery whether the man boobs are gone forever.

"There's no more fat cells in that area, so if they gain weight, it would go to another area," she said.

Capoeira is the Brazilian martial art that has helped Bennett get fit. Soon he said he will have the surgery, and both guys said they have no trouble going public with a problem they have always tried to hide.

"I think that I can help other men who are experiencing the same challenge if I'm open about it," said Bennett.

"I want, especially teenage boys, to know that there's a healthy alternative. You don't have to live with the condition," said Carpenter.

We checked out some research in the Journal Pediatrics that shows most teenage boys will outgrow gynocomastia in two years after their hormone levels stabilize.

The cost for the cosmetic procedure ranges from $5,000 to $7,000.

For more information on Dr. Ruthie McCrary, you can visit her website at www.ruthiemd.com.

  • Deena CentofantiMore>>

  • Frustrated by Health Insurance Exchanges? Experts say 'relax'

    Frustrated by Health Insurance Exchanges? Experts say 'relax'

    Thursday, October 3 2013 6:30 PM EDT2013-10-03 22:30:09 GMT
    The Affordable Care Act kicked in on Tuesday and not only has it been the subject of fierce political battles, but the online marketplace has been bogged down with technical problems.
    The Affordable Care Act kicked in on Tuesday and not only has it been the subject of fierce political battles, but the online marketplace has been bogged down with technical problems.
  • The dangers of diabetes, how you can rate your risk

    The dangers of diabetes, how you can rate your risk

    Tuesday, March 26 2013 5:24 PM EDT2013-03-26 21:24:38 GMT
    Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders have no idea their bodies are having a tough time controlling their blood sugar.
    Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders have no idea their bodies are having a tough time controlling their blood sugar.
  • Study: For heart health, food is medicine too

    Study: For heart health, food is medicine too

    Tuesday, December 4 2012 4:11 PM EST2012-12-04 21:11:01 GMT
    You have one heart attack and then take medication to prevent another one, but there's new research that says what you eat is a very powerful tool in preventing another heart attack.
    You have one heart attack and then take medication to prevent another one, but there's new research that says what you eat is a very powerful tool in preventing another heart attack.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    City of Detroit posts improvement updates online

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:18 AM EDT2014-07-31 11:18:29 GMT
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
    Residents will be able to view the number of new streetlights installed in their Detroit neighborhood, how many lots were mown and the number of vacant houses demolished by going to the city's website.
  • Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Community comes together to support slain Armada teen's family

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:55:10 GMT
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
    Nearly a week after 14-year-old April Millsap was found murdered in the small town of Armada, friends, family and even those who didn't know the young girl gather for music in the park - this time hoping for justice.They were there to help raise money to ease the burden on April's heartbroken mother."We're as well as can be expected," said aunt Sarah Lichtenfelt. "They are just grateful for all the prayers and support, that's all we ask is to keep praying for strength."In the middle of it all...
  • Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Family asks for justice after mother of three found dead next to dumpster

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:33 PM EDT2014-07-31 03:33:46 GMT
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
    When 32-year-old Katherine Gibson was a little girl, her loved ones thought, the "life" ahead of her would be long. But it wasn't."Me and my girlfriend dropped her off and she had just told us, she loved us," said Marvin Gibson, her cousin.That would be the last "I love you" that he would hear. because after Gibson's cousin dropped her off at Harper and Conner, near Bronco's Market. The day after, she was found dead. Gibson's lifeless body, discovered by a dumpster, beside the building."Layin...
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices