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Some men develop enlarged breast tissue. When this occurs, it is known as gynecomastia. Many find the condition embarrassing and avoid talking about it. This can lead to a lot of myths and misunderstandings surrounding this common condition. Today, let’s debunk some of the myths and learn the truth about gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia occurs when a man develops excess breast tissue. The term comes from Greek words meaning female breast.
Many people call gynecomastia ‘man boobs,’ but it can be a problem for many men. Men can develop breast tissue.
Gynecomastia is often caused by hormones. Changes to the estrogen or testosterone levels can cause the breast tissue to develop. Young men with gynecomastia should be evaluated for a hormonal imbalance, as this is one of the most common causes of this condition. Other causes of gynecomastia include:
- Medications: Some antibiotics, heart medicines, heartburn medications, anti-anxiety drugs, antidepressants, and other medications can lead to gynecomastia.
- Drugs and Alcohol: The use of marijuana, heroin, amphetamines, steroids, and excessive alcohol use can also lead to gynecomastia.
- Herbal Products: Tea tree and lavender may also lead to men developing the condition.
- Medical Conditions: An overactive thyroid, kidney disease, and other medical conditions can bring on gynecomastia.
- Weight Gain
Gynecomastia often resolves on its own with no surgery needed. Teenage gynecomastia typically resolves without treatment as the young man grows into adulthood.
Gynecomastia caused by medical conditions or medications often resolves by treating the condition or adjusting the medication. If the condition doesn’t go away on its own and you’re unhappy with the appearance of your chest, surgical treatment is available.
Gynecomastia is very common and will affect most men at some point during their lifetime. About 70% of boys will develop some level of gynecomastia during puberty. It is also common during infancy and in middle-aged and older men.
You don’t have to endure a lifetime with gynecomastia. It is very treatable, typically with excellent results. If you’ve been unable to resolve your condition with lifestyle, diet, and medical changes, come see us. Male breast reduction surgery can remove excess breast tissue and restore a flattened appearance to your chest.
We typically use liposuction and/or surgical excision to remove the excess tissue. Liposuction is an excellent option for removing unwanted fat, and surgical excision can be used on fibrous tissues.
Some men will have excess skin that requires removal. This is typically needed in men who have lost a great deal of weight or who have breasts that are a B cup size or larger. Dr. Coan is an expert in gynecomastia surgery and repair.
Excess male breast tissue? Call 919-484-4884 and ask us about gynecomastia treatment today.Return to Overview