Gynecomastia is a condition that can cause breast tissue in men to swell or enlarge. Gynecomastia is also referred to as male breast tissue, gyno, or “man boobs.” Gynecomastia presents from puffy nipples to large female appearing breasts. Gynecomastia is different from pseudo gynecomastia, which involves lipodystrophy or abnormal fat distribution in the chest. Most men who are afflicted with gynecomastia have a combination of both lipodystrophy and true gynecomastia. Approximately sixty percent of men have this condition, and many have it to the point that they choose surgical correction. When gynecomastia persists for 12 months, surgical excision and body contouring are the definitive treatment choices in adults.
What causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that can first present in puberty or after infancy, as the young man is encountering many different changes in his body. An imbalance between testosterone and estrogen can cause breast tissue to develop and grow in a male.
Although this condition’s exact etiology is not always clear, steroids, recreational cannabis, and other medications are believed to contribute to gynecomastia. Other factors like weight and age can also influence the development of gynecomastia. The overwhelming cause of gynecomastia is a genetic predisposition inherited from a male relative.
Will Gynecomastia go away naturally?
Males affected by this condition often want to know the answer to this question: Will gynecomastia go away naturally? The simple answer is it depends. For young boys, gynecomastia often goes away after puberty. However, for many children, young adults, and adults, gynecomastia’s appearance may be permanent. In fact, the only proven treatment for this condition is male breast reduction, a surgical procedure.
When a skilled Gynecomastia plastic surgeon performs this procedure, it creates a permanent change in the male’s physical appearance. Gynecomastia removal can often be achieved with one outpatient surgical procedure.
To many males, especially young teens, Gynecomastia is a source of embarrassment. Many young men report not wanting to participate in sports or any team activities that require changing in front of other young men or women. Patients often report being very self-conscious of their bodies and try to hide them in various ways. Older men may also experience difficulty with self-esteem and avoid going shirtless, playing sports, or wearing tight-fitting clothing. Some men intentionally gain weight to camouflage their gynecomastia. Gynecomastia may be minor and fade away past puberty, or it may be excessive and not reduce or disappear. Gynecomastia Surgery is the best treatment to get rid of male breasts. After a male breast reduction surgery, you will enjoy a flat and a more sculpted chest. See more Before and After Gynecomastia Pictures.
How do you choose a good plastic surgeon for the removal of Gynecomastia?
Select a plastic surgeon you can trust and feel comfortable with. A plastic surgeon is a surgeon who has completed a minimum of 3 years of general surgery and 3 years of plastic surgery. It is advisable to inquire if your plastic surgeon completed a residency in plastic surgery directly.
Azouz Plastic Surgery in Dallas has two such plastic surgeons sympathetic to your problem and skilled in performing male breast reductions. Both plastic surgeons perform gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) regularly. Dr. Azouz routinely does not use drains, performs gynecomastia surgery as day surgery, and often can achieve the desired results with imperceptible scars. Dr. Azouz performs Aesthetic (Cosmetic) and Reconstructive surgeries of the chest and has experience in treating patients with advanced gynecomastia, Poland syndrome, placement of pectoral implants, nipple/areola reduction, and chest asymmetry.
Schedule a Gynecomastia consultation with Dr. Azouz
If you are affected with Gynecomastia, request an appointment with Plastic Surgeon Dr. Azouz in our Dallas office by calling 972-702-8888 or contact us to arrange a virtual consultation.