Gynecomastia is the abnormal growth of breast tissue in men. It can be caused by an imbalance in the levels of male hormones at any age.
Depending on the individual, these hormonal imbalances can be caused by a variety of factors. The condition can occur during three stages of life: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. It can be treated with hormone therapy, liposuction, medication, or breast reduction surgery. Out of these, surgery is the most effective and beneficial option.
Here’s a brief introduction to gynecomastia: what it is, how it is caused, how it can be treated, and why it is desirable to have it surgically removed.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs when the breast tissue of a man swells because of a reduction in male hormones (testosterone) or an increase in female hormones (estrogen). Bilateral breast enlargement can occur if both breasts are affected, as well as a unilateral breast enlargement if one breast is affected more than the other.
What Causes of Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of male hormones, such as elevated levels of estrogen and low levels of testosterone, or an imbalance between estrogen and androgen. Hormonal imbalances can occur due to puberty, aging, heredity, or as a side effect of certain medications.
What Are Some Symptoms of Gynecomastia?
Even though gynecomastia is usually benign, it can still be physically and psychologically painful. It can cause psychological issues, like feeling too self-conscious for intimacy or too socially embarrassed to make friends. Additionally, it can cause chest pain and posture-related problems, like lower back pain.
How is Gynecomastia Treated?
Gynecomastia can be treated in diverse ways, depending on the severity and cause. Medication or surgery are usually used to treat the condition. Treatment depends on the patient’s age and the severity of their condition.
The medical treatment doesn’t cure the problem, it only relieves the symptoms. It can relieve discomfort from gynecomastia, such as pain and involuntary muscle contractions. A doctor may prescribe medication that eases the patient’s symptoms without causing complications.
Male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia surgery, involves removing excess breast tissue from the chest. Getting this treatment can help you lose weight, reduce chest pain, and boost your self-esteem.
The Benefits of Getting Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia is when men get rid of their excess breast tissue. In addition to improving your appearance and self-esteem, this procedure gives you a more masculine figure and better posture. Surgery fixes a multitude of problems, like excessive self-consciousness, chest discomfort, and back pain.
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Dr. Scot Bradley Glasberg, M.D has been serving patients from all over the world for more than 20 years. His Manhattan practice specializes in breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, body contouring, and many other types of plastic surgery. If you’re interested in gynecomastia surgery, give us a call at 212-717-8550 or fill out our online form. The first thing we’ll do is talk about your aesthetic goals, and then we’ll make a plan that works for you. Our office is located at 42A East 74th Street, New York, NY 10021.