Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by enlarged male breasts. It can affect men in any stage of life and has both physical and emotional implications. Thankfully, treatment is available to help men recover from gynecomastia and regain the natural appearance of their chest.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Men with gynecomastia have enlarged male breasts caused by a hormonal imbalance. Specifically, with gynecomastia, the levels of testosterone and estrogen in the body are disproportionate. This can happen in boys and men at all ages, but it most commonly occurs in periods when hormones naturally fluctuate. This means that newborn boys, boys going through puberty, and elderly men are at a heightened risk for gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can also arise from obesity, genetic factors, and the use of some drugs including marijuana and anabolic steroids.
Gynecomastia may occur in only one or both breasts. Men will notice excess fat and glandular tissue in the breasts, as well as extra breast skin in some cases. Severe gynecomastia can cause the breasts to sag, which stretches the areola.
Men with gynecomastia may struggle with poor body image and low self-esteem from enlarged male breasts, but male breast reduction is available as a treatment for developed male breasts from gynecomastia.
Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction is an effective surgical procedure for enlarged male breasts. This procedure makes the breasts smaller and flatter while restoring the natural contours of the chest.
Male breast reduction may involve liposuction, excision, or both. If liposuction is used, a small tube is inserted into the breast(s) and, through vacuum suction, removes excess fat. Liposuction may be used on its own to treat cases of gynecomastia primarily involving excess fat, rather than skin and gland tissue.
Through excision, your doctor will surgically remove and reposition skin and breast gland tissue. Excision can also correct a stretched areola from gynecomastia. Your doctor will surgically alter the size and position of the areola to be proportionate and sit higher up on the breast.
Improvement from male breast reduction will be visible immediately and continue to improve as the treatment area heals. Plus, so long as you maintain a stable weight and avoid medications that trigger gynecomastia, results from male breast reduction surgery are permanent.
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