Gynecomastia: Male breast enlargement

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Gynecomastia is a condition that affects men starting from puberty. The condition is the result of hormonal imbalances between estrogen and testosterone. Although rarely heard about, the condition is relatively prevalent. Despite its prevalence, the condition leaves men burdened with feelings of insecurity. In some instances, the condition can wear off on its own, other times its permanent. To learn how the condition arises, what triggers it, and finally how to treat it; read along.

How does gynecomastia happen?

Gynecomastia is the result of decreased testosterone levels and increased estrogen levels. This hormonal imbalance triggers growth and development in glandular tissue. Contrary to popular belief, gynecomastia does not mean excess fatty deposits. In reality, the decreased male hormones and increased female hormones stimulate the growth of breast tissue. In most cases, gynecomastia wears off on its own anywhere between a period of six months to two years.

What causes the condition?

The condition stems from several sources that share a common effect: hormonal imbalance. With that being said, certain medicines can trigger this imbalance such as anti-anxiety medications, anabolic steroids, and estrogen. It is not always a side effect of certain medications, other times it’s a symptom of certain disorders such as chronic kidney failure, hyperthyroidism, and low testosterone levels.

How to treat it?

The only known permanent solution for the problem is breast reduction surgery. The surgery is an option with gynecomastia that does not go away on its own within two years. Within the two years, oral medications can make a difference. However, if your gynecomastia remains persistent and does not regress within the two years, your doctor will have you consider surgery. It is important to note that if within the two years period one has not attempted to resolve to issue, it will hardly respond to medication later on.

The surgery works by removing excess tissue and skin to restore the flat chest look. The are no side effects to the surgery except minor scars on the breast. Recovery is smooth as well.

Bottom line

Gynecomastia although not very often heard about is actually a lot more common. Affecting men of various ages starting from puberty. The older men get the higher the risk of retaining the condition, whereby the age of 50 1 in every 4 men is at risk. Despite the issue being fairly prevalent, the emotional distress that men suffer from as a result of the condition is never alleviated. Most men choose to remain silent about their condition, however, in certain cases, it might be hard to hide.

Gynecomastia can wear off anywhere between six months to two years. However, it is still better to seek treatment throughout this period. The reason is, after the two-year mark, oral medications may not be as effective. Leaving the condition to fate alone may not be in your favor. It is important to note that most medications come with side effects and surgery remains the most guaranteed solution for the problem.

With breast reduction, men can get rid of enlarged tissues and excess skin to retain their flat chest look.

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