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When boys and men suffer from gynecomastia (excess breast tissue), it can significantly harm their self-esteem. Persistent breast enlargement can have adverse psychological effects that cause many emotional problems, such as anxiety, lack of confidence, and self-consciousness.
Often, boys with gynecomastia are bullied at school due to the appearance of “man boobs.”
Being treated differently can drastically affect someone’s life, curtailing their participation in activities/school work.
Aside from the psychological issues, men and boys suffering from the condition may experience pain and discomfort around the breast.
Gynecomastia surgery can remove the excess breast tissue and correct the issue, leading to greater self-confidence and a more enjoyable life.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
It is easy to assume that gynecomastia may be the result of gaining too much weight, but, truthfully, that is not the case. The condition is primarily due to hormonal changes during puberty or other times in a man’s life.
If a man’s testosterone levels are significantly lower in comparison to estrogen or if there is an excess of estrogen activity, some breast tissue may develop. This can be a temporary change that resolves on its own without medical treatment — or it can become more permanent.
Although hormonal fluctuations during puberty and middle age cause most cases of gynecomastia, the condition can also be impacted by certain diseases, such as hyperthyroidism and kidney failure, illicit drug and alcohol use, or side effects of some medicines, such as tricyclic antidepressants, antibiotics, and Valium.
Genetics can also cause a predisposition to gynecomastia.
Benefit From Male Breast Reduction
Most healthy men with enlarged breast tissues can benefit from a reduction surgery.
Depending on the severity of the breast enlargement, your plastic surgeon will use specific techniques to achieve the desired outcome. The unwanted tissue is carefully removed, and the rest of the chest is contoured for a balanced and natural look. If excess skin is present, your surgeon will remove it to create a tighter-looking chest that looks more masculine. In some cases, the surgery will involve liposuction in the breast.
Ultimately, the correct treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your gynecomastia and your goals.
If your condition is caused by medication or other nonessential drugs, taking such drugs should be stopped or reduced.
Following the surgery, patients will also be required to maintain a proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle to maintain the new chest contours.
Interested in Getting Rid of Your Male Breasts?
You do not have to live with the stigma of unwanted breasts. Gynecomastia surgery is the best option to help you feel better about yourself with a more masculine definition in the upper chest.