What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition experienced by males, marked by excess tissue or fat that produces the appearance of female breasts. This condition is often related to hormone fluctuations – particularly during adolescence – and may self-correct once hormones level out. It may also be related to weight gain, genetics, or even the simple act of aging.

Gynecomastia may be related to physical changes or hormones. It may also be a result of the use of illicit drugs, including marijuana, alcohol use, steroid use, and certain medications. In some cases, gynecomastia is the result of an underlying health condition such as certain types of cancer, liver or kidney disease, or thyroid disorders.

Infographic: What Causes Gynecomastia?

Can Gynecomastia be Treated?

When gynecomastia is the result of an underlying medical condition, treatment for the condition will be needed to address the issue. When it is the result of excess fat or glandular tissue, it can often be treated through male breast reduction surgery.

The most common method of male breast reduction is liposuction. With this option, gentle suction is used to remove stubborn fat deposits, allowing the skin to tighten over the more masculine and defined contours of the pectoral muscles. If excess tissue is present, surgical removal of the tissue may be needed to achieve optimal results.

The best way to learn which of these options could be used to treat your case of gynecomastia is through a private and confidential consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ben Brown.

Lifestyle Considerations

Surgical reduction of glandular tissue or the permanent removal of fat can help restore a toned and attractive appearance to the chest. However, certain lifestyle changes may be needed in combination with surgery to ensure the longest-lasting results.

Most basically, these include adopting healthy habits with food and exercise, along with avoiding substances that increase the likelihood of developing male breasts. During your time in our care, we will work closely with you to help you determine which, if any, changes will be beneficial for maintaining your male breast reduction results.

Please call Restore Plastic Surgery at 850-500-7527 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown today. Located in Pensacola, we welcome patients from Brent, Warrington, and all surrounding areas of Florida.

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