Lots of Men Have Enlarged Breasts

Gynecomastia Many men suffer from enlarged breasts. Most people assume the problem is simply caused by a man being overweight where, like women, breasts grow larger with more fat. In actuality, about 50% of men have gynecomastia or male breast enlargement. Most men do nothing about it, other than maybe avoiding the beach or other opportunities to go shirtless. What’s the fun of that? Living in New Jersey, heading to The Shore is an integral part of summer life.

Now that we’re entering winter, maybe now is the time to do something about your enlarged breasts to be ready for next summer. Dr. Moskovitz can fix the problem with male breast reduction.

What leads to gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia in not the least bit unusual in pubescent boys, where up to 70% have the condition to some degree at some point. In teens, estrogen and testosterone and the changes they cause in the body are behind the breast growth. But in most cases, teenage gynecomastia passes as hormone levels stabilize.

That’s not true with adult gynecomastia. It’s not going to go away on its own. Causes of adult gynecomastia are not completely understood. Middle-aged and older men can develop enlarged breasts due to hormone changes that come with aging. Or it can be due to a weight increase and more fatty tissue in the chest area.

Also, certain medicines can cause gynecomastia:

  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Steroids
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • AIDS treatment drugs
  • Heartburn treatment drugs

Other causes of gynecomastia are marijuana and heroin use, as well as drinking too much alcohol. Obviously, many of these cases don’t merit surgery, as the breast enlargement is a byproduct of, say, smoking lots of weed or being on steroids.

Breast reduction surgery

Dr. Moskovitz has found that liposuction alone can treat the majority of enlarged male breast cases. Obviously, this leaves no noticeable scarring, as only tiny incisions are required.

In other cases, surgery will be necessary. Men with the clinical definition of gynecomastia have a firm, rubbery mass underneath the nipple area. The size of this mass is around 1.5 inches across and it may be sensitive to the touch.

If surgery is required, small incisions are made in the armpits or around the areolae. Through those incisions, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed and excess skin is trimmed.

If you’re tired of trying to cover up your enlarged breasts, let’s do something about the problem before next summer. Call Dr. Moskovitz at 201-225-1101 and set up a consultation for male breast reduction.

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