Breast enlargement or gynecomastia is characterised by enlarged breasts in boys or men of any age and happens due to imbalance of hormones – estrogen and testosterone.
Gynecomastia is mostly seen in boys going through their puberty, the latter being a major cause for more than enough fat deposits on the chest area. Therefore, however, can be several other causes for the such feminine features to develop in men. It poses no such danger to physical health but can cause immense psychological trauma. Sometimes, pain may also accompany this condition making it more embarrassing for men. This abnormal growth of breasts may disappear on its own but in rare cases, may need treatment with medication or surgery. It may occur in one or both the breasts.
All men have both the male and female hormones i.e. testosterone and estrogen in a balanced state in their body. Changes in the balance of hormones due to numerous factors can lead to the development of male breasts. Some common causes of male breasts include the following.
Gynecomastia which occurs most commonly during puberty should be given time to disappear on its own. If the condition is due to some medication, talk to your doctor about the developing breasts and preferably, request for permission to discontinue the medication. Gynecomastia due to any underlying health condition like thyroid or other ailments would need specific treatment. Sometimes, excess weight can cause enlarged breasts in men; if it so, losing weight should be the focus. Certain medicines like tamoxifen and raloxifene may be used but they are not specifically meant for this condition. Last resort to treat male breasts is surgery. Two types of surgery may be considered for the same; they are:
Mastectomy: Involves removal of breast tissue.
Liposuction: Removes fat from the breast area but breast tissue remains intact.
Male breasts are a source of immense trauma for a lot of people. If you are thing and have male breasts, there is a high possibility that your hormones have a role to play in it. Talk to your doctor to decide what would be the best treatment for the problem.
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