Man boobs. Now there’s a term no man wants to hear. Most people think that enlarged male breasts are simply the result of a man being overweight, akin to how a woman with some extra weight usually has larger breasts. While that is true in about one half of men with larger breasts, the other 50% of men have gynecomastia or male breast enlargement. This is a condition dictated by hormones and some other causes.
Like the general public, most men who have gynecomastia simply assume it’s because they are a little overweight, so they do nothing about it. Well, they will avoid doing anything where they have to remove their shirt in public, but that’s not addressing the problem.
To fix the condition, Dr. Malamet performs male breast reduction.
What leads to gynecomastia?
There is some mystery behind the exact causes of adult gynecomastia. The condition also happens to pubescent boys, but its causes are well known. Up to 70% of teen boys have the condition to some degree at some point. In teens, estrogen and testosterone and the changes they cause in the body are the causes. Most teenage gynecomastia passes as hormone levels stabilize.
Middle-aged and older men can also develop enlarged breasts due to hormone changes that come with aging. Usually more likely, gynecomastia can come from taking certain medications:
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- AIDS treatment drugs
- Heartburn treatment drugs
Other causes of gynecomastia are marijuana and heroin use, as well as drinking too much alcohol.
Obviously, many of these cases don’t merit surgery, as the breast enlargement is a byproduct of, say, smoking lots of weed or being on steroids.
Breast reduction surgery
Men with gynecomastia have a firm, rubbery mass underneath the nipple area. The size of this mass is around 1.5 inches across and it may be sensitive to the touch.
If surgery is required, small incisions are made in the armpits or around the areolae. Through those incisions, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed and excess skin is trimmed. Liposuction is usually included, and sometimes it is all that Dr. Malamet performs to reduce the breasts.
If you’re concerned about enlarged breasts, you may have gynecomastia. Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 to schedule your consultation.