Women want them and men dread getting them; if you are a male who has started to develop breast tissue, then you may suffer from a condition called gynecomastia. And although you may think that there is something wrong with you and that you are some kind of anomaly, it’s very common for men to experience at least some degree of breast enlargement. Common in both teenagers and adults, gynecomastia is treated in different ways depending on how old you are.
According to statistics released by the National Institute of Health, about 50-60% of adolescent males suffer from gynecomastia which may come as a surprisingly high number to most people. In young men, gynecomastia is primarily caused by high levels of estrogen during puberty. Luckily, for most boys, their chest will flatten out around their 20’s, but if it doesn’t, then Dr. Gary J. Price may recommend surgery or other treatments.
If you thought the statistics for young men with gynecomastia were high, then you may be more surprised. 65% of men between the ages 27-92 experience some form of gynecomastia during this time. There are a variety of factors aside from hormonal imbalances that can cause gynecomastia. These include steroid use, thyroid problems, pituitary gland cancer, alcohol abuse, or even marijuana use.
As previously mentioned, for most teenage boys, their gynecomastia will subside once they reach their 20’s. However, for those who can’t get rid of it on their own, Dr. Gary J. Price may recommend the same surgery as he does for adults. During a male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Price will remove excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin from the breast area to help create a more masculine chest. And although the physical results after this type of surgery are incredible, the emotional results are equally as powerful.