Want a surprising stat? Nearly 50 percent of all men have abnormally large breasts and a condition known as gynecomastia. Most men don’t know they have it, ascribing their growing breasts to simple weight gain. But it’s actually a condition, and it can really impact a man’s self esteem. But Dr. Malamet can fix male breast enlargement with reduction surgery.
What causes gynecomastia?
Adolescent gynecomastia is anything but rare. In fact, up to 70% of pubescent boys have the condition to some degree at some point in their teenage years. In teens, estrogen and testosterone and the changes they cause in the body are the causes. Most teenage gynecomastia passes as hormone levels stabilize.
In contrast, adult gynecomastia is somewhat of a mystery. Like teens, middle-aged and older men can also develop enlarged breasts due to hormone changes that come with aging. But often gynecomastia comes from taking certain medications:
- Heartburn treatment drugs
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- AIDS treatment drugs
Heavy drinking and smoking marijuana can also lead to gynecomastia.
Some 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. This type of surgery is not always necessary; Dr. Malamet finds that liposuction alone can be done to reduce the breasts in many cases.
If you wonder if your enlarged breasts are beyond the norm of simple weight gain, call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 for a consultation.