Everyone knows that having ample breast tissue is associated with femininity. But what if you’re a man with enlarged or overdeveloped breasts? This condition, known as gynecomastia, can be emotionally distressing for any man who is affected by it. Regardless of the cause of gynecomastia, male breast reduction surgery can eliminate it and restore a more masculine chest.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Hormonal changes are among the most common causes of gynecomastia. Higher levels of estrogen, an imbalance in normal hormone levels, and shifting hormone levels at various life stages can lead to this unwanted condition. Sometimes, the hormones balance themselves out and eliminate gynecomastia without treatment. Gynecomastia that can be attributed to hormonal changes often occurs during:
- Andropause and aging
Poor health, even in unrelated situations, can cause gynecomastia. In these cases, treatment of other health conditions can sometimes reduce male breast enlargement. Common health conditions that have been known to cause gynecomastia include:
- Obesity and weight gain
- Chronic liver disease
- Other diseases
Drug use, legal or illegal, can lead to gynecomastia in some men. Examples include:
- Steroid abuse
- Marijuana use
- Illicit drug use
- Side effects from prescription medicines
It is important for any man taking prescription medicines to speak to his primary care physician before stopping a medication, even if he is concerned that it may be causing gynecomastia. Stopping a medication without your doctor’s approval could be dangerous to your health, as doctors prescribe medications based on the understanding that they are needed and the potential side effects are rare.
Treatment for Gynecomastia
Initial treatment for gynecomastia depends on the cause. For instance, if the cause of the condition is weight gain, weight loss may be the recommended treatment. If it is an imbalance of hormones, hormone therapy may be an effective treatment. If it is another medical condition, treatment for that condition can also reduce gynecomastia. Likewise, if the cause is illicit drugs or steroid abuse, stopping the use of these substances may begin to resolve gynecomastia. To achieve the desired results, the cause of male breast enlargement should be determined before a treatment plan is put into place.
These types of gynecomastia treatments can help, but in many cases, they are insufficient and do not permanently or entirely get rid of gynecomastia. For this reason, the preferred form of treatment is gynecomastia surgery. Male breast reduction surgery can remove unwanted fat, breast tissue, and skin to create a flatter and more masculine chest. With gynecomastia surgery, the results are permanent. Men can undergo this procedure with confidence in the fact that the procedure permanently and completely eliminates enlarged male breasts.
While it presents no physical threats to health, male breast enlargement can cause emotional suffering, anxiety, and psychological trauma for the affected male. Gynecomastia surgery can significantly improve your quality of life by restoring a more masculine appearance and contour to your chest. To request more information or to schedule your personal consultation, call (307) 234-4585 or fill out our online contact form today.