Gynecomastia is the condition in which breast tissue develops in males. Though the condition is not life-threatening, it can cause severe emotional distress and impact self-esteem.
Gynecomastia can have a variety of causes, such as hormonal shifts as seen in puberty, certain medications, certain cancers, cirrhosis, illicit drug use, and even estrogen-producing tumors.
A typical course to remedy gynecomastia, regardless of cause, is through breast reduction surgery.
Gynecomastia in Teenagers
Anything that alters the hormones in the body, specific to breast tissue growth, may result in gynecomastia. During puberty, the body is subject to a complex hormonal interplay that can increase the chances of developing the breast tissue condition. Some 50-60% of adolescents experience gynecomastia.
Though it has been reported that gynecomastia as a by-product of puberty may resolve on its own, in some instances, gynecomastia can persist into adulthood.
Male breast reduction surgery can be beneficial for teens in addressing quality of life issues and removing breast tissue.
Gynecomastia in Adults
Middle-aged adults report that gynecomastia is typically caused by hormonal disruptions due to external factors, such as taking certain medications. Meanwhile, gynecomastia in older adults is typically caused by age-related hormonal fluctuations. In fact, in men aged 60 or older, the estimated prevalence of the condition is up to 65%.
As mentioned, male breast reduction surgery can be incredibly beneficial, regardless of the underlying cause; however, knowing the cause can help prevent recurrent breast tissue growth.
A consultation with your doctor is necessary to ensure the male breast reduction surgery is as effective as possible.
The Right Time to Get Male Breast Reduction Surgery Is Now
If you suffer from gynecomastia, whether from adolescence or due to old age, a male breast reduction surgery may help you. To minimize complications and maximize your results, work with a board-certified surgeon. Board-certified surgeons have undergone a rigorous process to demonstrate exceptional skill and knowledge.
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