Posted March 25, 2020 in Gynecomastia Surgery
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Men who suffer from overly enlarged breasts feel a high level of self-consciousness and discomfort. This enlargement is not an indicator of obesity but is instead a medical condition known as gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is the benign enlargement of male breast tissue, and this affects at least 30 percent of men at some point in their lives.
This condition is caused by a variety of factors and can be corrected through male breast reduction surgery.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
While men can suffer from overdeveloped or enlarged breasts at any age, it is most common in teenage boys and older men.
According to a study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, around 20 percent of gynecomastia is caused by medications or exogenous chemicals.
Gynecomastia can be caused by:
- Living a sedentary lifestyle with little to no physical activity
- Recreational drug or alcohol abuse that influences testosterone levels
- Hormonal imbalances caused by medications like antibiotics, heart medicines, and chemotherapy
- Dialysis to treat kidney failure
- Tumors found in the testes, adrenal glands, or pituitary glands that alter the male to female hormone balance
Why Do Men Choose Male Breast Reduction Surgery?
Gynecomastia can cause anxiety, psychosocial discomfort, and physical irritation, which are some reasons why patients seek male breast reduction surgery.
Gynecomastia cannot always be treated with diet and exercise alone. This gives men only one option to address their enlarged breasts.
Male breast reduction surgery can create a firmer, more contoured chest by removing excess fat and glandular tissue.
When gynecomastia is mainly caused by excess fatty tissue in the breasts, liposuction alone can correct the issue.
Liposuction cannot remove excess skin or glandular tissue. Men with these concerns may require surgical excision of skin and underlying tissue.
After male breast reduction surgery, you will:
- Have more confidence in your contoured chest
- Consider certain styles of clothing you stayed away from before your procedure
- Be more open to engaging in outdoor activities
- Find more comfort in performing daily activities
The results after your surgery will be long-lasting as long as you commit to a healthy, active lifestyle and abide by a proper diet.
You can limit your chance of a potential hormone imbalance by limiting alcohol consumption, drug use, and certain antibiotics and medications.