Symptoms and Causes of Gynecomastia

Which man doesn’t want a flat chest with just the right amount of muscles? The answer to that question is none. Every man wants that perfect chest which makes him look more manly and that is quite easy for some to achieve and a bit hard for the others to achieve. But it is getting harder when you have the condition called Gynecomastia.


What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition in which there is a significant increase in the size of the male breast tissue. This condition is not that harmful physically but it can have a harmful effect on the psychological well-being of an individual. Almost 50% of the teenage boys and men have enlarged breasts and they might differ in the amount of enlargement. In most of the teenage boys, it might be caused due to hormonal changes as  Gynecomastia is an endocrine system disorder. Fortunately, 90 percent of the Gynecomastia automatically resolves on its own once the hormones achieve a more regular level. But there are a few cases in which this disorder can persist into the adulthood of the individual. In those cases, the condition might need to be corrected with the help of a surgery.


What Are The Symptoms Of Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia has a few obvious symptoms. Those symptoms are mentioned below.

  1. Soft, mobile and compressible breast tissues
  2. Enlarged breast size on one side or both
  3. Dimpling of skin
  4. Nipple retraction
  5. The increased diameter of the areola
  6. Asymmetric chest tissues

The symptoms of dimpling of skin and nipple retraction are not found typically in each Gynecomastia case but they may be found in a few cases.


What Are The Causes Of Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can be caused by a variety of factors and reasons. Some of those causes are mentioned below.


  1. Accumulation of estrogen
    Estrogen is a female sex hormone and there are a quite a few elements or things present in the environment which behaves like estrogen. When your body starts accumulating those substances then you might see an enlargement of your breast tissues. This is one of the primary causes of Gynecomastia.
  2. Lower testosterone levels
    If your body is not producing enough testosterone then too you might see an increase in the tissues of your breasts.
  3. Side-effects of Antibiotics
    There are some medicines or antibiotics that are known to cause an enlargement in the breasts as a side-effect of taking that medicine.
  4. Thyroid Gland
    In some males, the thyroid gland is quite overactive. That overactive thyroid gland can further led to an increase in the tissues of your breast area.
  5. Liver or Kidney Issues
    Gynecomastia has been found to be occurring quite commonly with live and kidney related diseases.
  6. Deficiency
    Sometimes, mineral or vitamin deficiency might cause your breast tissues to become larger.
  7. Tumor
    While this is not the case for most of the patients suffering from Gynecomastia but a few individuals observe an increase in the breast tissue which might be caused due to an underlying tumor.Only a doctor can determine the exact cause of Gynecomastia.

Treatment Method

Gynecomastia can easily be treated by any of the three surgical methods. Those three different types of surgical methods are mentioned below.

  1. The Webster Incision
    This is the most common method that is used by plastic surgeons all over the world. In this method, an incision is made by the surgeon directly under the areola and is only in the made in the lower half of the breast.
  2. The Minimal Invasion Method
    In this method, a small incision is made on the side of the areola. The excess tissues are removed through this incision made by the help of the process of liposuction. The incision made in this method is extremely small.
  3. Ultrasonic liposuction method
    This method is performed on those individuals whose breast enlargement might not just be glandular. There is a small chance of nipple distortion in this method.Though there are many treatment methods male breast reduction surgery is simply not performed on anybody. There are a few requirements one has to fulfill to be able to undergo this surgery method. Those requirements that you need to fulfill to be eligible for this treatment method are mentioned below.

    1. The individual should be in the healthy body weight range
    2. The individual needs to be an adult this means that individual should be at least 18 years of age.
    3. The skin of the individual should be elastic
    4. The individual should be healthy physically as well as mentally

If you fulfill these conditions then you are eligible to go under the surgery for Gynecomastia. For more details, you can directly contact us

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