Plastic Surgery Blog: Gynecomastia or Male Breast Reduction Surgery (Part 2)

We discussed Gynecomastia in our previous post. Here are some more details about Gynecomastia and it’s causes.

A Greek study done some years ago included 954 young men between the ages of 18 to 26. The co-authors of the study that was published in the the Annals of Human Biology found enlarged breasts in approximately 40 percent of the study participants. The co-authors also suggested that obesity or early maturation may be leading reasons for enlarged breasts to develop. The individuals who develop enlarged are not necessarily overweight or obese.

But enlarged breasts in men can also be due to hormonal reasons. Men with enlarged breasts may have excessive amounts of estrogen. Other causes for enlarged breasts may be usage of anabolic steroids, liver disease, kidney disease, and a deficiency in testosterone.

One misconception in young men with enlarged breasts is that going to the gym can result in reduction of the enlarged breasts. However, that’s not the case in most cases. That’s because the development of pectoral muscles can actually make the breasts look more pronounced.

Gynecomastia is not usually covered by health insurance and can cause thousands of dollars. Nowadays minimally invasive surgical techniques can be used to correct enlarged breasts. These minimally invasive techniques result in reduced scarring due to the small incisions made under the armpits or on the sides of the breasts. Post-surgery recovery is also speedier with minimally invasive surgery procedures.

Although enlarged breasts may be due to the reasons mentioned above, breast cancer and ulcers may also be the reason for enlarged breasts. Yes, breast cancer can develop in men too. So it is extremely important that men who have enlarged breasts get themselves checked out by a specialist to rule out any medical problems.

Hope this has helped you understand Gynecomastia. If you are considering a Gynecomastia procedure, please contact our office for an appointment today!

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