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What is Gynecomastia?

Do you have ‘man boobs’ that make you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable?  If yes, chances are it’s a condition known as gynecomastia.  However, the good news is gynecomastia is a common condition that can be easily treated.  But what exactly is gynecomastia?

What Is Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia refers to the enlargement of the breast tissue in males.  The condition is very common in adolescent boys, but can also affect infants and older men.

Gynecomastia often appears during puberty as a result of changing hormone levels, but usually resolves without treatment within a few years.  However, there are times when the condition persists into adulthood.  Gynecomastia may affect one or both breasts at the same time.

What Causes Gynecomastia

Hormone imbalance is the main cause of gynecomastia.  While men typically have a small amount of breast tissue, a hormone imbalance can lead to an increase in estrogen levels or a decrease in testosterone levels, and cause breast enlargement. 

Estrogen is the hormone responsible for female traits, while testosterone is responsible for male characteristics.  Gynecomastia may also occur due to other factors such as obesity and certain types of medication.

How To Treat Gynecomastia

Male breast reduction surgery is a proven method for treating gynecomastia.  The goal of male breast reduction surgery is to achieve a more masculine chest by removing the excess glandular tissue.  This typically involves making an incision around the nipple to excise the surplus fat.  There are times when there is also excess fat that needs to be removed to tone the breasts.  Liposuction is done in such cases.

Would you like to learn more about gynecomastia?  Search our directory to find a practice in your area.

If you are in the Fort Collins, CO and surrounding areas, Gonyon Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery is our featured practice.

You can reach them at www.drgonyon.com, or by calling (970) 239-3730.

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