Gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breasts. This condition is different than the development of chest fat from weight gain. And this is not a condition that happens when you get older. A male of any age can get gynecomastia. It is usually caused by hormonal changes, the use of certain medications or genetics. The condition can range in intensity from slight puffiness in the nipple to a fully formed man boob, and it can happen in one or both breasts.
Gynecomastia is a common condition, especially during puberty. But most young boys will outgrow their enlarged breasts. It is estimated that up to 65 percent of all adolescent males will develop gynecomastia, but it will usually resolve itself within a year or two or onset.
Living with Gynecomastia
This is an embarrassing condition for men that causes low self-esteem and makes it difficult to do even normal activities. If you have gynecomastia, you may be embarrassed to remove your shirt – or you may even feel embarrassed while fully clothed. Gynecomastia can impact every aspect of your life, from friendships and relationships to activities and career success. Enlarged male breasts can destroy your self-confidence and make it difficult to interact with others. It can put a constant damper on your spirits and inhibit you from engaging in the things you want to do.
Some men try to compensate for their gynecomastia by extreme dieting and rigorous exercise. But no amount of diet and exercise will reduce the size of your breasts because it is not possible to turn fat and glandular tissue into muscle.
How Gynecomastia Surgery Can Change Your Life
If you have gynecomastia, there’s no need to live with the embarrassment. Thousands of men each year turn to male breast reduction surgery to resolve their gynecomastia.
Technically known as reduction mammoplasty, male breast reduction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin to produce a firmer, flatter, more masculine chest contour. It is the most effective known treatment for gynecomastia, and it can literally change your life. Having a more natural male physique will boost your self-confidence and allow you to live the full and happy life you deserve.
To find out if gynecomastia surgery is right for you, contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Port City Plastic Surgery serves Charleston, Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina from two locations in Charleston and Daniel Island.