Gynecomastia is enlarged tissue in the male breast. It is a condition that can affect men at different stages of their life. Some men have enlarged breasts when they get older. Others may start to experience the problem once they hit puberty. There are even some infant boys who are born with this condition.
There is a difference between gynecomastia and the fatty breasts that are seen on men who are simply overweight. Gynecomastia is the growth of glandular breast tissue. This is a problem that only affects a small number of men. Usually, when men notice this problem, they will seek professional help in order to get it treated.
There are no physical or life-threatening illnesses associated with the growth of male breasts. The majority of the issues are psychological and social. For example, a teenage boy who is developing large breasts may be the center of ridicule at school. This may make him nervous to do things like play sports or engage in social activities that require him to take off his shirt.
Gynecomastia can occur on both sides, or it can be something that is unilateral. If it happens on both sides, one breast may still be larger than the other. Many men complain of sensitivity and tenderness in the breast, but in most cases, there is no severe pain associated with the condition.
While men at any stage of their life can get gynecomastia, it is more commonly seen in men who are going through puberty. It is also seen frequently in older men. This is because as a man gets older, the amount of testosterone their body produces decreases, and this can exacerbate the problem.
There are certain health conditions that may predispose a man to enlarged breasts. For example, if a person has cirrhosis of the liver, he may also battle with enlarged male breasts. There are certain medications that increase the risk of a person developing this condition as well.
When the condition does not clear up on its own and when the problem persists for many years, it may be time to talk to a cosmetic professional. Dr. Mirrafati, our skilled surgeon at Mira Aesthetic Medical Center & Spa, can perform a simple outpatient procedure to reduce the size and appearance of the male breasts. Gynecomastia surgery can restore your appearance and your self-confidence. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Costa Mesa.