Gynecomastia is a medical term that originates from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” This condition is far more common than many realize. Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. It may affect only one breast or both. Although certain drugs such as anabolic steroids, medications containing estrogen, alcohol, marijuana, etc., and medical conditions including cancer, impaired liver function, to name a few, may cause or contribute to enlarged male breasts, it is widely accepted that a large percentage of cases derive from unknown sources.
Also known as gynecomastia, breast reduction for men is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men.
The condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men, is common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease or the use of certain drugs.
Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.
Gynecomastia is characterized by:
- Excess localized fat
- Excess glandular tissue development
- A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
- Gynecomastia may be present unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)
How to Treat gynecomastia
The treatment depends on the cause.
If another health condition is causing your enlarged breasts, treating that underlying condition may help.
If the reason for enlarged breasts is being overweight, weight loss is often the first step, says. That’s good for overall health.
If you have a lot of weight to lose, it may not shrink your breasts back to normal size, due to the stretched-out skin. Plastic surgery is an option for that.
Surgical options for enlarged breasts are to get liposuction to remove fat and scalpel surgery to remove glandular tissue. A plastic surgeon does the surgery, which takes 60-90 minutes. It’s an outpatient procedure, meaning no overnight stay, and it often dramatically improves appearance.