Gynecomastia: When it’s Time to Take Action
With warmer weather fast approaching, you may be daydreaming about summer picnics and beach days. However, if you are a male living with gynecomastia, warmer weather and beach season may be a cause of anxiety. Gynecomastia can cause male breast tissue to swell and result in what some people refer to as “man boobs.” This can cause men to feel self-conscious wearing thin T-shirts or removing their shirts during warm weather or sports. If you are living with gynecomastia, read on to learn more about the condition, and what can be done to remedy it.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is most commonly caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. When testosterone levels decrease, increased estrogen levels can cause breast tissues to swell. This condition usually occurs in boys going through puberty, but can also occur in older men, and can affect just one or both of the breasts.
There are also a number of medications that can cause gynecomastia, including anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, anti-anxiety medications, heart medications, and more. The use of alcohol and street drugs such as marijuana can also cause gynecomastia to occur.
For men who wish to eliminate their excess breast tissue, male breast reduction can help. This procedure can help you to achieve a flatter, more masculine chest by reducing fatty deposits and enhancing the shape of the chest.
During surgery, excess fat and glandular tissue will be removed using liposuction, excision, or both to achieve your desired look. While downtime is dependent on the invasiveness of the procedure, patients often find that the outcome is worth the wait.
If you are living with gynecomastia and wish to take the first step towards a more confident you, contact our Troy office today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Trupiano. We would be happy to answer any questions that you may have!