What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in which a male’s testosterone level and estrogen level become imbalanced, thus causing enlarged breasts in the male. Many people may think that only women produce estrogen and men only produce testosterone, but the truth is, both sexes produce both hormones. There are number of reasons that this imbalance may occur, including but not limited to age. In fact, there are three different times in a male’s life cycle that it is most common for the occurrence of gynecomastia to develop. It happens in male infants, generally because of the fact that they were receiving higher estrogen levels while in the womb of the mother. The swollen breast tissue tends to subside within a few weeks after being born. However, sometimes it may take a bit longer for some infants. Gynecomastia also occurs in men experiencing puberty. This time of hormonal changes can wreak havoc on a young man’s body, and cause a great hormonal imbalance. This can usually go away on its own without medication or treatments within six months, however, it may last up to two years. It is highly dependent upon the individual’s personal puberty life cycle. The two previously mentioned conditions are less likely to be permanent, so at these ages, it is less likely that they need to be treated. However, it is commonly seen in men ages anywhere from 50 to 69, as men experience major hormonal changes during those years. Many men may notice numerous changes in their bodies as they approach this period. Most of these changes are due to their bodies producing less testosterone. It is not uncommon for your doctor to suggest testosterone shots on a weekly basis to increase the level of testosterone and balance out one’s hormones. But for many, they may begin to notice the swelling of breast tissue as they get older. It is essential to see a doctor when you notice swelling or experience pain. In some cases, men may experience a discharge coming from their nipples. If you are experiencing any of those things, even tenderness, you should schedule a consult with your doctor immediately (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2016).
- * Age
- * Malnutrition
- * Cirrhosis
- * Hypogonadism
- * Alcohol Abuse
- * Drugs
** Numerous other conditions may cause Gynecomastia (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2016).
While there are multiple ways to treat gynecomastia, medication does not always rectify the excess swollen breast tissue. And while this may not necessarily propose a threat to one’s health, it definitely affects one’s lifestyle. In Orlando, cosmetic surgery is innovative, and surgeons like Dr. Richard Arabitg operate in principles with high patient satisfaction rates. Dr. Arabitg of Plastic Surgery Central Florida, will not perform a surgery he does not feel confident will deem a 95% improvement for the patient. How many surgeons would guarantee that kind of results? There are two ways to surgically address the condition of gynecomastia, one of which is liposuction. With liposuction, the surgeon will remove the excess swollen breast tissue the same way he would remove excess fatty tissue from other areas of the body. This procedure is routinely done, and not as uncommon in men as you would think. Liposuction for a man’s breast would most likely be a more affordable route to take. However, to achieve the desired results you are looking for, consulting with your doctor is best when deciding to proceed. Dr. Arabitg will know what route is best for you to achieve the results you want. He wants you, the patient, to be happy with the end result.
Another surgical treatment, and sometimes the best way, is a mastectomy. Unlike the liposuction procedure that only removes the breast fat, a mastectomy will remove the tissue from the breast gland. Even still, this procedure is a less invasive one as they often use an endoscopy to remove the gland tissue. This is traditionally done by making small incisions, and requires less recovery time (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2016).
It is important to feel good about the way you look, even in clothes. Take control of how you feel, schedule a consult today.
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2016). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from http://mayoclinic.org