What Is Gynecomastia?

Male breast reductionGynecomastia is a condition that causes enlarged breasts in men. These enlarged breasts can sometimes be tender or sore. However, gynecomastia is rarely a medical concern. Instead, gynecomastia can be distressing and embarrassing for a man. No man wants to feel like they can’t show off their chest at the pool or to their partner. That’s why procedures like male breast removal exist to treat gynecomastia. Let’s take a closer look at what gynecomastia is and why it matters.

Understanding Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is caused by an overproduction of glandular tissue in the male breast. Gynecomastia is often confused with a male’s chest that is overweight and has excess fat. Contrary to what some believe, weight loss will not fix gynecomastia. Instead, the glandular tissue has to be removed through male breast reduction.

What Causes It?

Gynecomastia is caused by decreased levels of testosterone and increased levels of estrogen. Simply put, enlarged male breasts are caused by hormonal shifts. This is common during puberty and when an infant is born. However, these cases usually resolve themselves over time. Gynecomastia in adults is caused by hormone treatments, anabolic steroids, certain medications, medical conditions that affect hormones, chemotherapy, alcohol, and certain illicit drugs like heroin or marijuana.

Can It Go Away Naturally?

Yes, to a degree. This is most common in infancy and during puberty. The underlying causes of gynecomastia during this time are often temporary, and thus, so are the effects. However, it’s more complicated with adults. The causes of gynecomastia as an adult are often more permanent or long-term. Once enough glandular tissue has developed, it will remain there. That’s why male breast reduction is the only true way to fix it.

Seeking Treatment

As mentioned before, gynecomastia is very rarely dangerous to someone’s health. Instead, it can be damaging to a man’s mental health and social life. That’s why Dr. Charlotte Ann Rhee provides male breast reduction surgery so her patients can live a more confident life. Dr. Rhee and her team are devoted to providing quality and comfortable solutions to all of her patient’s needs. Dr. Rhee is an award-winning surgeon who wants to provide that same level of expertise to all of her patient’s procedures. If you’re ready to say goodbye to gynecomastia, then contact Dr. Rhee’s office at 631-424-6707 today.

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