Even though they are more common than you might expect, having male breasts still feels like a taboo topic among men. Sure, no one wants them, and for many who experience it, their presence may bring with it a confidence-damaging embarrassment. This embarrassment may cause men to avoid social or intimate interactions, refrain from participating in sports or exercising, or just make them feel like they need to hide. And while not desired, gynecomastia is entirely treatable.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in men characterized by the overdevelopment of one or both breasts. This swelling is a result of the presence of excess fat and glandular tissue that can, in severe cases, cause sagging of the breasts, stretching of the areolas, physical discomfort, and emotional distress.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia can affect men of all ages and typically results from a hormonal imbalance, especially when there may be a peak in estrogen levels compared to testosterone. It is for this reason that gynecomastia is common among boys going through puberty or in aging men when there are hormonal changes. Gynecomastia is also prevalent among men who use anabolic steroids and other drugs or medications, as this can also create an imbalance in estrogen levels. While gynecomastia can naturally resolve itself in some cases (generally if gynecomastia occurs in infancy or puberty), other cases may require a surgical approach.
How Can I Get Rid of It?
Even though excess fat is a cause of gynecomastia, regular diet and exercise will not eliminate this area the way you might desire. In most cases, the only method of treating enlarged male breasts is with surgery. Gynecomastia surgery uses a combination of liposuction and excision techniques to remove the excess fat and breast tissue, leaving men with a slimmer, more sculpted, masculine appearance. This procedure is both common and successful, allowing men to leave the embarrassment of gynecomastia behind.