Can Man Boobs be Successfully Removed?

Man boobs, officially known as gynecomastia, are a fairly common phenomenon – especially among men who are at the age of a hormone change. Simply put, man boobs are the over development of the male mammary glands, due to an imbalance of the hormones testosterone and oestrogen, so that that there is more of the female hormone oestrogen. Typically, the condition occurs in babies, teenage boys going through puberty and older men.

What causes Man Boobs?

Man boobs can occur as a result of different reasons according to the life stage that the man is at. In new born babies, gynecomastia is caused by oestrogen from the mother. In most cases it will go away naturally in about six months as the baby’s hormone levels balance out.

In preteen boys, gynecomastia can be caused by an oestrogen-producing tumour. However, in boys going through puberty man boobs are more common and less worrying. At this time, man boobs are simply a result of hormonal changes. Man boobs as a result of puberty will go away naturally after about six months to two years.

In adult males, man boobs can be the effect of multiple different factors. In most cases they are caused by another condition, such as an overactive thyroid, liver, pituitary gland, testicular, adrenal gland or lung cancer, or cirrhosis of the liver. Other causes of man boobs include the use of narcotics like heroin, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Another substance that causes man boobs is alcohol. Beyond these, certain medications also cause man boobs as a side effect.

How Are Man Boobs Treated?

Babies and teenagers with gynecomastia usually will not be treated as the condition will go away on its own as the boy’s hormones normalise. If the man boobs are caused by a disease or medication, once the patient has cured the disease or ceased taking the medication, the condition will usually go away.

If it is caused by medicine or disease, stopping the medicine or treating the disease will often cure the gynecomastia. If it is caused by a lack of testosterone and increase in oestrogen, hormonal treatment may be prescribed. Surgery may be a choice for some men if other treatments have not worked. However, in other cases, usually medication will be prescribed to treat the condition, and when that doesn’t work, surgery will be recommended.

Surgical removal of the breast tissue has successfully been used to treat many gynecomastia cases. Depending on the case and your surgeon’s preference, either liposuction or direct excision can be used. The surgery is generally safe when performed by a specialised plastic surgeon. However, all surgeries carry certain risks and possible complications such as excessive bleeding and infection, along with complications specific to the surgery. It is important to be aware of all the risks and possible complications before agreeing to have the surgery. Ask your doctor any questions or concerns that you may have so that you have piece of mind for your procedure. It is important to build a good open relationship with your doctor and to follow your doctor’s care instructions carefully for the best results of your procedure.


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