Over developed male breasts can make simple things, like wearing a tight shirt, seem impossible. Gynecomastia is relatively common in teens and most of the time symptoms disappear quickly as adolescence ends. For others though, the shame and humiliation continues into adulthood.
There are several potential causes:
- steroid abuse
- genetic disorders
- chronic liver disease
- side effects of many medications
- Klinefelter Syndrome
- Gilbert's Syndrome
When gynecomastia is caused by obesity, weight loss can reduce the condition but for many it will not eliminate it. For all other causes, surgery is the only known physical remedy. Once a man's physical appearance is changed he needs to move to address any lingering psychological effects. Hopefully, corrective surgery will resolve most of these concerns but for some it will not and therapy will be needed.
If you're considering male breast surgery, this outline will give you a basic understanding of the procedure when it can help, how it's performed, and what results you can expect. It can't answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on the individual patient and the surgeon. Dr. Walker is more than happy to clarify any misunderstandings, please contact her office with any questions or concerns you may have.