From Farm Fields to Finding Financial Fulfillment
Dr. Deborah Ekstrom’s Personal Journey
By Dr. Deborah Ekstrom
Today, I want to share something a bit more personal on today’s episode.
From my humble beginnings on a dairy farm in southern Minnesota to becoming a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, my path has been filled with challenges, triumphs, and invaluable lessons along the way.
I believe my story will resonate with you, as it highlights the importance of hard work, conscious decision-making, and the pursuit of financial growth.
In this episode, I want to show you what principles have guided my life—from aligning decisions with values and pursuing mastery, seeking intimacy including spiritual intimacy, and leveraging freedom and living in a practice of gratitude in order to transform negative messages into positive ones and ultimately continuously move toward success.
I also share practical insights on financial responsibility, creating a spending plan, managing money through education, and putting in place protection against predators.
Now, I want to empower you to achieve personal and financial growth.
Yours in health, wealth, and happiness,
Dr. Deborah Ekstrom
What is gynecomastia and what can we do about it?
by Dr. Juris Bunkis
We have seen a large number of gynecomastia patients this summer and I thought this week, I’d address what gynecomastia is and what we can do about it.
Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by the enlargement of breast tissue in males. The condition can arise during different life stages, such as infancy, puberty, or later in life. It may be a result of various factors, including hormonal changes, certain medications, drug use, or underlying medical conditions. Some enlargement of breast tissue can occur in the majority of males at puberty but this enlargement normally recedes within two years. If the breast enlargement persists beyond two years, it is unlikely to go away without surgery.
Plastic surgeons can offer several treatment options for gynecomastia, depending on the severity and underlying cause. Here are some of the common approaches:
Liposuction: If the gynecomastia is primarily due to excess fatty tissue and there is minimal glandular tissue enlargement, liposuction can be effective. During this procedure, a thin tube called a cannula is inserted into the breast area to suction out the excess fat.
Excision: In cases where there is a significant amount of glandular tissue enlargement or sagging skin, surgical excision may be necessary. The surgeon removes the excess breast tissue through incisions made around the areola or in the natural creases of the chest.
Combination of Liposuction and Excision: Often, a combination of liposuction and excision is used to achieve the best results, particularly if both fatty tissue and glandular tissue are contributing to the gynecomastia.
It’s important to note that before considering any treatment, individuals with gynecomastia should undergo a thorough evaluation by a qualified plastic surgeon. They can determine the underlying cause and recommend the most appropriate course of action.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with gynecomastia surgery. Therefore, it’s crucial to choose a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon and have a clear understanding of the potential outcomes and recovery process.
19 year-old male before and after a partial mastectomy for gynecomastia (actual patient of Dr. Bunkis)