What Causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia has many causes. It may appear even without a clear reason. Common underlying causes include:
While we think of testosterone as being the “male” hormone, all males also have estrogen. This hormone triggers breast tissue to grow. Puberty, age-related hormonal changes, and certain medical conditions can cause an increase in estrogen.
Several prescribed and illicit substances can cause gynecomastia. Hormones, some cancer treatments, and many common medications can trigger enlarged male breast development. Illegal drugs such as anabolic steroids can also cause the condition.
Any medical condition that affects your hormones can trigger gynecomastia. Associated conditions include liver and kidney disease, certain types of cancer, and problems with the glands that control hormone levels.
What is Gynecomastia Surgery or Male Breast Reduction?
Male breast reduction can be performed in several ways depending on the type and amount of excess tissue. Enlarged male breasts usually include a combination of breast tissue and fat.
Your LPS surgeon may use a small incision around the areola to remove excess breast tissue. They may also use liposuction to remove fat. Your surgeon may recommend one or both of these methods after assessing your enlarged breasts.
Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Most men with enlarged breasts make good candidates for gynecomastia surgery. Ideal candidates are healthy and want to achieve a flat, masculine chest. Most men feel very satisfied with the results of this procedure. Your LPS surgeon will discuss all your potential benefits and risks during your consultation.