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Gynecomastia, informally known as “man boobs”, is a common condition in men and boys. This condition involves the swelling and enlargement of the breasts in newborn males, boys and older men. According to Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, breast enlargement resolves after a period of time but for eight per cent of boys, the condition persists.

The study found that boys with gynecomastia had lower self-esteem compared to boys who did not have it. Overall, boys with gynecomastia scored lower scores on a standard quality of life assessment. This condition typically does not negatively impact a male’s health, but it can negatively affect their self-esteem and emotional well-being. Doctors believe early intervention, such as lifestyle changes or liposuction, is vital to a patient’s confidence and well-being.

What are the causes of it?

The signs and symptoms of gynecomastia include the swelling of breast gland tissue, tenderness of breasts, and an increase in diameter of the areola. 

The hormones testosterone and estrogen control the development and maintenance of sex characteristics in both men and women. Testosterone controls male traits, like muscle mass and body hair, while estrogen controls female traits including the growth of breasts.

Men produce estrogen in small quantities. If their estrogen levels are too high or out of balance with testosterone levels, this can cause gynecomastia. Male breast enlargement can start in puberty when hormone levels are shifting. It usually does not last so treatment is not required since hormone levels eventually settle down.

However, gynecomastia can also occur in adulthood. When men age, they gain weight and testosterone levels drop. The combination of low testosterone levels and extra weight contributes to enlargement of glands in breasts.

How do you treat gynecomastia?

If being overweight is the main cause of enlarged breasts, losing weight is an important step to resolve the condition. For men who have a lot of weight to lose, their breast size may not return to the same size if there is stretched out skin. Plastic surgery is an option to reduce the size.

Traditional liposuction is one way to remove the non-glandular fatty tissue components of the breasts. Newer and popular techniques like SmartLipo breast reduction, Ultrasonic liposuction breast reduction and Vaser breast reduction are one of the many solutions to gynecomastia.

If a man’s breasts are projecting or contains excess fat and glandular tissue, he is an ideal candidate for liposuction. If he desires a flatter and more masculine-looking chest, liposuction is the right procedure to provide these results. 


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