How Gynecomastia Affects Teens and Adults
During puberty, hormonal fluctuations often cause some degree of male breast enlargement. However, this usually dissipates by the time a man reaches his 20s. However, some men may have gynecomastia, a condition in which excess glandular breast tissue causes an enlargement of the male breasts that does not naturally go away. Gynecomastia can affect both teens and adults, and may be caused by different factors depending on age.
Gynecomastia in Teens
According to the National Institute of Health, (NIH), about 50-60% of adolescent males suffer from gynecomastia. For teens, gynecomastia symptoms are typically caused by high levels of estrogen that relates to puberty.
Gynecomastia in Adults
Gynecomastia is even more common in adult men. Although symptoms may be similar to those of adolescents, the cause is very different. Male breast enlargement in adults can be caused by medical conditions like thyroid problems or cancer of the pituitary gland. It may also be caused by high alcohol consumption and use of marijuana.
How to Treat Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia can be treated with male breast reduction surgery. During this procedure, glandular tissues, fat, and skin are removed from the breasts to create a more masculine chest contour.
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