Gynecomastia and male breast surgery have in recent years become a hot topic in the world of plastic surgery. However, as with many previous trends, it is partially surrounded by the cloud of mystery and fear or even panic. Men ask: is gynecomastia dangerous? Is there any way to get rid of it other than a cosmetic surgery?
We think that a little clearance will be necessary to clear the atmosphere around gynecomastia surgery. In order to do so, we will answer a couple of often-recurring questions. Hopefully, after reading this piece more people will understand that there isn’t much to be worried about. Enjoy!
Gynecomastia is simply a build-up of breast tissue of men. While women naturally have breasts, gynecomastia in males is not a desired and often causes increasing psychical discomfort. In males with gynecomastia, lump under the nipple is bigger and lifts the breast.
Moreover, while most of the cases are symmetrical, gynecomastia on one side is also not unheard of, though extremely rare.
It is important that the occurrence of gynecomastia in puberty and adolescence is pretty common and some sources estimate that even 70% of adolescent males experience a period when their breast tissue grows. However, such developments are usually limited and temporary. The real issue starts when adults suffer from it with low body fat – for many, such a view is unacceptable and leads to lower self-esteem.
Is gynecomastia cancer – this is apparently one of the most common questions surrounding the issue. No, do not worry, having male breasts does not mean that you carry a tumor. Rather, you have simply enlarged breast tissue.
The only problem you may have is the matter of aesthetics and self-acceptance. Therefore, there is no such thing as gynecomastia check-up – after all, medically you are perfectly fine. However, if you feel like this condition affects the way you perceive yourself – try seeking medical help, though you may have to wait for some months or years if your doctors aren’t sure what exactly caused your condition.
In very rare cases, it is one of the symptoms of tumors and other diseases, but other symptoms will quickly indicate the presence of the disease to your physician.
There is a number of potential factors influencing the appearance of gynecomastia.
• As we mentioned before, in puberty or in adolescence it is a common thing and it shall pass with time. The cause is often an imbalance of hormones such as testosterone and estrogen.
• There is a number of medicines which may cause it as a side effect. If you suppose that it was your drugs which led to you having male breasts, contact your doctor to find out.
• Some aging males also suffer from gynecomastia due to changing levels of hormones.
While many plastic surgery clinics try to increase their profits by claiming that the only solution is a male breast surgery, it is not totally true. Most of the cases pass with time, especially if it appears in adolescence and puberty or due to the use of specific drugs. Additionally, many men confuse the effects of overweight with genuine gynecomastia. Only in long-term gynecomastia with low body fat is a surgery recommended.
When it comes to invasive solutions, gynecomastia surgery through armpit or a classic open surgery are the methods which are often utilized to remove the excessive breast tissue. In some cases, a reconstruction of nipples is necessary.
Not really. If you had a temporary gynecomastia in puberty or adolescence, most probably you won’t suffer from it in the future. Many cases of gynecomastia in male adults are due to the medicines they take or them being overweight. If you aren’t in these risk groups, there is nothing you shall be afraid of.