Snickering at Jamaica Beach in Galveston about some guy’s “man boobs” is nothing new. Most people simply assume a guy has larger than normal breasts because he’s packed on a few extra pounds. This can be the case, but in 50% of men, they actually have a condition known as gynecomastia or male breast enlargement. So, while it seems that the enlarged breasts are the man’s own fault, reality is often different. And enlarged breasts can really hammer a man’s self-esteem.
To fix the condition, Dr. Barrera performs male breast reduction.
What leads to gynecomastia?
The causes of adult gynecomastia aren’t fully understood. Some men as they age experience hormonal changes that cause enlarged breasts. More often, taking certain drugs and medicines can cause the condition:
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- AIDS treatment drugs
- Heartburn treatment drugs
Men can also develop gynecomastia through marijuana and heroin use, or from excessive alcohol consumption.
Pubescent boys can also have gynecomastia. Actually, 70% have the condition at some point in their puberty. This is due to estrogen and testosterone levels that fluctuate wildly in puberty. Most teenage gynecomastia passes as hormone levels stabilize.
Breast reduction surgery
Men with 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. Liposuction may be added to remove fat pockets.
If you want to get rid of your man boobs, call Dr. Barrera at (713) 468-5200 and set up a consultation for male breast reduction.