Gynecomastia is a benign abnormal growth of breast tissue among men. The condition often occurs during puberty and in men 50 years of age or older. In many cases, men who suffer from the condition look as if they really do have breasts like that of a woman.
More often than not, gynecomastia is caused by a hormonal imbalance in which the body overproduces estrogen. The condition can also be triggered by abusing substances like marijuana, alcohol, heroin, and amphetamines.
Gynecomastia can occur in one breast or both breasts. Although it is not a life-threatening condition, it often causes embarrassment for the sufferer and can lead to low self-esteem, especially among adolescent boys and young men.
Fortunately for most men, the condition goes away on its own with a few lifestyle changes. However, there are times when gynecomastia simply won’t go away. In such cases, a prompt visit to a cosmetic surgeon should be scheduled.
Liposuction is a standard procedure that can be offered to shrink the size of the affected breast(s). A mastectomy (removal of excess breast tissue) is also a viable treatment option. In some cases, both procedures are done to reduce the size of a man’s breasts.
If you or a loved one is struggling with gynecomastia, know that there are ways to regain the confidence you’ve lost. See a cosmetic surgeon as soon as possible to see what treatment method is the best for your situation.