Gynecomastia is a condition that can affect men and boys at different ages in their lives. From adolescence to adulthood, gynecomastia can affect the way that males look. This condition can also hinder self-esteem in males. It is important to know that there are treatment options available.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a medical condition that alters the appearance of breasts on men, causing enlarged breasts and breast tissues in men. This condition can appear as early as the toddler years and can resolve naturally with puberty, but that is not always the case. Additionally, this condition may only appear after puberty with no prior warnings. This condition leaves behind no natural resolution and often times is embarrassing for men who have large breasts. These fatty breast pockets cannot be reduced with diet and exercise alone.
How Does Gynecomastia Affect Adolescent Boys?
Gynecomastia affects approximately 50 to 60 percent of all adolescent males. This condition is typically caused by high levels of estrogen in the body due to puberty. It is common that this condition will go away into early adulthood, but that is not always the case. If gynecomastia continues into adulthood, treatment will be necessary if you desire to reduce the appearance of large breasts.
How Does Gynecomastia Affect Mature Men?
Adult men between the ages of 27 and 92 are largely affected by gynecomastia. In fact, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that 65 percent of adult men are affected. The symptoms are similar to adolescent males, but the causes are different. In adults, hormone conditions, medical conditions, alcohol and marijuana use are all factors that can link to gynecomastia.
What Treatment Options are Available for Gynecomastia?
The main treatment option that is offered for gynecomastia is a male breast reduction. Similar to a female breast reduction, a male breast reduction can be performed to reduce the appearance of large male breasts. A male breast reduction removes the excess fat and tissue that is in the breasts. This procedure is designed to flatten the chest and restore the natural appearance of a male chest.
Do you suffer from gynecomastia? Contact us at Plastic Surgery Centre of Atlanta to schedule your male breast reduction consultation. Dr. Brothers can help you restore your self-confidence and flatten your chest.