Gynecomastia 101: Understanding Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is a common condition that affects men in a physical and emotional way. This condition is classified as the swelling or enlargement of breast tissue in men, which can happen at any age. Men can experience enlargement of one or both breasts. Since this isn’t a natural way the men’s body is perceived, gynecomastia causes significant emotional and physical distress for them.
Symptoms of Gynecomastia
The most common symptom is the visible enlargement of a male’s breast. However, other symptoms may occur, including pain under the nipple-areola complex where a firm mass develops, commonly known as a “breast bud.”
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia may be caused by various factors and varies based on the patient’s age. The most common causes of gynecomastia are:
- Hormone imbalance – high estrogen and low testosterone, commonly occurs in infants and children through puberty.
- Medications – some prescriptions for depression, epilepsy, and heart conditions may lead to gynecomastia. Also, anti-androgen medications are included.
- Chemotherapy medications
- Medical conditions – including cirrhosis of the liver, kidney failure, overactive thyroid, or cancer.
- Genetic disorders – including Klinefelter’s syndrome.
What to do if you are experiencing gynecomastia?
First and foremost, you should consult with a healthcare provider to determine the cause of gynecomastia. It is also important to rule out any medical conditions you may have. If you are healthy, and your healthcare professional clears surgery, Gynecomastia correction surgery, or Male Breast Reduction, in Brandon, Florida may be an excellent solution for you. Dr. Shienbaum is highly experienced in performing male surgeries to restore the masculine chest contour that was lost with gynecomastia symptoms.
He performs this surgery through VASER Liposuction to remove breast fat and tissue, and excision method to remove excess skin. However, a consultation is necessary to determine the best course of action for you. Male breast reduction results are immediate and often lead to a boost in self-confidence in men.