You look in the mirror and what do you see? Chiseled abs? Maybe. Big biceps and toned calves? Perhaps. Slightly large, buffy breasts? You’re not alone. Enlarged breasts are common in men going through puberty and older men but is not often talked about. Here’s what you need to know about gynecomastia and what you can do to fix it.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in which men have enlarged breast glands and tissue. According to a study done in 2019, up to 65 percent of men in the U.S. struggle with gynecomastia. Enlarged male breasts, popularized by the term “man boobs” affect most men while they are going through puberty, and can sometimes resolve on its own. While gynecomastia is not painful or physically bothersome, it can negatively impact self-esteem and general happiness.
There are many different factors that can cause gynecomastia, including:
- Hormones wreak havoc on the body during puberty and are the most common cause of gynecomastia. While gynecomastia caused by excess hormones may resolve on its own, it’s likely to carry on through adulthood.
- Weight gain. When you gain an excessive amount of weight, it puts a toll on your body. Because there are fat cells located in the breasts, the breasts get larger with the more weight you gain.
- The body is a delicate system, and adding chemicals to balance one condition can often imbalance another, resulting in side effects. Check your medication and talk to your doctor to see if gynecomastia is a side effect.
- Steroid use. Using steroids adds hormones to the body that we’re not used to. Similar to when you go through puberty, an influx of hormones can trigger unwanted side effects including enlarged breasts.
- Drug use. Studies have shown a correlation between smoking marijuana and excessive ingestion of alcohol and the onset of gynecomastia.
It’s a common misconception that you can fix “man boobs” at the gym. While strengthening the muscles in your chest is beneficial, sometimes the “fatty tissue” we see causing the enlarged breast is actually enlarged breast glands. These enlarged glands can only be treated with surgery. During gynecomastia surgery, a small incision is made into the chest near the armpit. Through this incision, excess fat is eliminated with liposuction and enlarged breast glands are removed. The surgery is a safe and simple solution to your puffy chest.
Is Gynecomastia Surgery Expensive?
The cost of your gynecomastia surgery is going to depend on the condition of your chest prior to treatment. To learn more about the cost of your gynecomastia surgery, talk to Dr. Beam during your consultation. We also offer financing options to make your procedure as affordable as possible.
If you are interested in learning more about getting rid of your gynecomastia once and for all, call us today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Beam.