Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment of breast tissue in men, which can cause the breasts to be uneven. Male breast enlargement often occurs during the pre-teen or teenage years due to hormones, but it can also happen to middle-aged men. In most cases, gynecomastia subsides after several months or years, but approximately 20 percent of men with gynecomastia require some form of treatment to relieve symptoms such as male breast reduction.
What Causes Gynecomastia?
Male breast enlargement in adolescents is typically caused by hormonal changes, but gynecomastia can also be due to:
- Medications such as antibiotics, antidepressants and steroids
- Illicit drug use
- Significant weight gain
- Health conditions such as malnutrition, tumors, kidney failure and hyperthyroidism
Breast reduction for men with gynecomastia involves removing the excess breast tissue and fat cells to give you a flatter breast contour. In some instances, liposuction is used to restore a masculine appearance. Your health insurance provider may even cover the cost of your procedure depending on the length of time you’ve struggled with the condition and the extent of your discomfort.
June is Men’s Health Month, and our plastic surgeon can answer any of your gynecomastia questions during your consultation at our Winter Park office.
If you have enlarged male breasts, please contact Dr. Hartog in Florida today at (866) 985-4741 to schedule your initial consultation. The Bougainvillea Clinique Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Day Spa serves clients throughout Central Florida including Orlando and Winter Park.