Enlarged male breasts or chest area, clinically known as gynecomastia, is a common condition that affects nearly sixty percent of all men throughout their lives. It usually appears during puberty as a result of hormonal imbalances and disappears by the age of 20. It can be unilateral or bilateral. However, the condition can also be induced by some medications or a side effect of certain diseases. In some cases, gynecomastia does not resolve on its own and surgical correction is often needed to address the problem and restore the masculine profile.
Although rarely discussed, we realize the adverse effects imposed on our patients by gynecomastia, such as poor self-esteem and feelings of discontent over one’s appearance. Fortunately, men suffering from this condition can find relief with one of the male breast reduction procedures offered by Dr. Barrett at Barrett Plastic Surgery. These treatments may remove a patient’s excess skin, fat and glandular tissue, leaving behind a flatter, firmer and more contoured chest.
FROM DR. BARRETT
“This procedure really hits home for me because as a youth I experienced gynecomastia. I definitely understand the impact this can have on a man’s self esteem and body image. Men aren’t supposed to have enlarged breasts! It takes a lot for men to even seek out help for this condition because they may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed. It’s important for men experiencing gynecomastia to know its a common condition and that there is a solution. The solution depends on each individual patient. I like to avoid scars on a man’s chest when possible because of its high visibility. Oftentimes liposuction is all that is needed but if an excision of tissue is required, this can be done with a very small incision.”
What is Gynecomastia?
Swollen or enlarged breasts characterize gynecomastia in men. There are varying degrees of the condition, with some gynecomastia cases becoming very pronounced and even resembling female breasts. The problem can occur in just one breast or both at the same time. Some men also experience tenderness of the breasts with the enlargement. In men, the condition tends to occur most frequently between the ages of 50 and 69, according to Mayo Clinic.
Gynecomastia does not typically indicate a severe medical issue. However, some of the diseases that lead to the condition can be concerning and might include:
Hypogonadism, which is a severe reduction or absence of testosterone
Hyperthyroidism caused by overproduction of the hormone thyroxine
Some tumors, including those involving the pituitary or adrenal glands or the testes
Cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure or treatments related to these conditions
Starvation or malnutrition that can cause testosterone levels to drop
Because gynecomastia can be linked to these health concerns, it is always best to have the condition assessed by a physician that can determine the cause and propose treatment when appropriate.
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