Gynecomastia is a common condition characterized by a man developing feminine appearing breasts. Those who suffer from this condition often experience self-consciousness and low self-esteem. Thankfully, there are treatment options available. Read on to learn more about this condition, and what treatment options are available.
Cause of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia has many causes, though the most common cause is related to the endocrine system when excess female hormones are produced. Other less common causes include testicular tumors and Kleinfelter’s Syndrome. Certain medications, including Propecia and Digitalis, are also correlated with gynecomastia. Gynecomastia often develops in adolescence, though most cases regress by 18 months. Other common causes are marijuana use and weight lifters using steroids. There are procedures that can help to treat this condition.
Female breast development may consist of enlarged glandular tissue, as well as excess adipose tissue. Excess fatty tissue alone may be called pseudo-gynecomastia and excess glandular tissue as “true” gynecomastia. These different types of gynecomastia are treated using different techniques. Excision of the gland is needed to treat true gynecomastia, and liposuction is required to treat pseudo-gynecomastia. We often see a mixture of both and will frequently use both techniques. A consultation with Dr. Hall will determine which type of treatment is best to treat your individual case.
Many men living with this condition experience self-consciousness, though the increased awareness of gynecomastia is helping men feel more comfortable with seeking treatment. If you are a male in the Boston area that is sick of living with enlarged breasts and are interested in gynecomastia surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation.