Hall of Famer Bernie Parent Shares Pain of Gynecomastia
Twice voted the most valuable player, Philadelphia Flyers goalie Bernie Parent reveals a long-kept secret.
The legend on ice developed male breasts in his late teens, as do many males; however unlike most teenage boys his never went away. He states that he didn’t spend time on the beach with his kids or his grand-kids, doing everything he could to hide his condition by not removing his shirt. He hasn’t owned a bathing suit in more than 40 years! He decided he had enough when he was too embarrassed to remove his shirt while out on his boat. At the age of 70, Bernie Parent sought the advice of a plastic surgeon.
He was surprised to learn that he was a candidate for a non-surgical procedure called CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is a newer treatment for freezing fat that the body will shed naturally over a period of a few weeks.
After having two treatments a few weeks apart, Bernie Parent is ecstatic with his results. He could go for a third treatment but is happy with his results to date. He compares the feeling of his reduced breast size to “as good as lifting the Stanley Cup!”
Bernie Parent wants men that suffer from gynecomastia to know that there are solutions available, and so he went public with his private battle in January 2015 and was featured in the South Jersey Times. One in four men in Bernie’s age group is affected with gynecomastia, especially former athletes.
Miguel Delgado, M.D. explains that the results will vary depending on a man’s age, how much of the male breast is fat versus breast tissue, and how much loose skin he has. Since CoolSculpting is a slow melting of fat, there may be some tightening of the skin. However, some men may need surgical tightening of the skin which is considered a minor procedure that can be done in the office. CoolSculpting is a great procedure for men with breasts that are mostly caused by fat, which is known as pseudogynecomastia, but many have a combination of fat and breast tissue, and, in that case, will need surgical intervention for true gynecomastia.
If you can relate to Bernie Parents struggle with gynecomastia, contact Miguel Delgado, M.D. at (415) 898-4161 for a personal evaluation to determine if you may be a candidate for male breast reduction by CoolSculpting.