While our society tends to focus on female body parts in both a positive and negative matter, younger men in particular can be penalized with significant negative attention if their bodies are outside of what most people consider the norm. So, when men – who may or may not have significant weight issues – have unusually large breasts, there may feel deep feelings of embarrassment, even shame, that might surprise many people. That’s when male breast reduction for gynecomastia may make sense.
What Causes Male Breast Enlargement?
While many people assume that “man boobs” are simply the result of excess weight and flab, that’s not entirely correct. Gynecomastia is a common condition often related to hormones. While obesity is often part of the cause, it’s only part of the story. Certain drugs can increase the body’s production of estrogen and decrease testosterone. Cannabis and steroids are the most well-known culprits but many other drugs can also be partly responsible.
Does Gynecomastia Ever Go Away on its Own?
Sometimes yes, especially in younger men. It obviously makes sense to address the hormonal issues and see if that changes the condition. Cutting back or eliminating THC and, very definitely, non-prescription steroids are logical steps if that may be a factor. Also, adjusting the use of any prescription medications may be worth looking into. Finally, exercise and a sensible diet to reduce weight issues are always good ideas. Even so, this approach is important but it is not a sure thing.
When is Male Breast Reduction Appropriate?
If discontinuing or adjusting drugs or weight loss aren’t working, then plastic surgery becomes the next logical step. As you can see at Dr. Jazayeri’s male breast reduction before-and-after gallery, the effects can be impressive. The procedure is known to be especially effective when it comes to producing results that make men feel a lot more comfortable not only in situations where they may not be wearing shirts while swimming and so on, but also while fully dressed.
Contact Dr. Jazayeri
Dr. Michael Jazayeri is a leading board-certified plastic surgeon based in Newport Beach and Santa Ana in Orange County, California. To learn if you or someone close to you is a candidate for male breast reduction or other procedures, please call the number on your screen or visit our contact page.