Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) is a common affliction. Nearly half of all men experience this condition, many of them while going through puberty. The rest will experience the condition in old age, as testosterone wanes as part of the aging process. Fluctuations in testosterone can cause enlarged breasts, and that’s only one symptom of male gyno.
Chronic gynecomastia can also be accompanied by discomfort or pain, as well as psychological distress.
Even if you suffer from asymptomatic gynecomastia, having female-like breasts can make you feel different than your peers.
Anxiety and depression can follow.
In extreme cases, gynecomastia might cause you to isolate yourself from others. You may find yourself avoiding situations like dating out of fear of revealing your embarrassing condition.
If you have excess breast tissue, sometimes crudely referred to as man boobs or moobs, hope is available.
Gynecomastia treatment can reduce glandular breast growth to restore a masculine shape to your chest. With a flatter and more manly silhouette, you’ll find clothes fitting better, and any discomfort you feel will disappear.
There are various forms of gynecomastia treatment. The best one for you depends on the type of gynecomastia you’re experiencing, as well as a few other factors. These factors will be discussed during your one-on-one, private consultation with a gynecomastia surgeon, such as Dr. Babak Moein of the Gynecomastia Center of Los Angeles.
In some cases, the best gynecomastia cure is to wait a while and see if the condition resolves by itself.
This may not be the type of male breast reduction you had in mind, but some doctors advise waiting to see if the glandular tissue reduces without intervention.
Most cases of gynecomastia do manage to go away without treatment. If your condition has not resolved in a year or two, your doctor may recommend gynecomastia surgery or gynecomastia treatment without surgery.
After an official diagnosis by a gynecomastia surgeon, you may discover that external stimuli caused your breast tissue to swell. Some medications can cause gynecomastia to form. This is called drug-induced gynecomastia. Stopping the offending medicines could cause a reduction of the breast tissue.
Medications that have gynecomastia as a potential side effect include chemotherapies, prostate cancer medicines, and drugs used to treat ulcers and viral infections.
Illegal drugs like steroids, marijuana, and heroin can also lead to breast swelling in men.
Another unexpected cause of gynecomastia comes from the essential oil family. Tea tree oil and lavender specifically have been shown to lead to an excess of estrogen, which in men can lead to breast growth.
Stopping these behaviors is one of those natural remedies for gynecomastia that can work in some cases.
Gynecomastia is commonly a benign condition. That means it’s noncancerous.
After an official diagnosis by a doctor or gynecomastia surgeon, the cause of the excess breast growth is typically easy to pinpoint. The condition might be caused by hormonal changes in puberty or anxiety medication, for example.
In other cases, the cause of the growth isn’t so apparent.
Gynecomastia that has no apparent cause could indicate underlying disease.
Medical conditions that can lead to swollen breasts in males include liver diseases, kidney disease, and cancers of the lungs and testicles.
Injury and trauma can surprisingly cause this condition, as can raising the body mass index above thirty-five, which is the indicator for obesity.
Treating the underlying disease could help to resolve the gynecomastia. If not, only male breast reduction surgery can help restore the chest to a masculine shape.
Gynecomastia can be treated with certain medicines. Your doctor may recommend drugs like raloxifene or tamoxifen, which are traditionally used to treat breast cancer. These off-label treatments have shown some success in helping to resolve the swollen tissue during non-surgical gynecomastia treatment protocols.
Another family of drugs that have proven to work against male gyno include aromatase inhibitors and drugs used to treat ovarian cancer in post-menopausal women.
Hormone treatment for gynecomastia like testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) is another treatment that can work in older males who have experienced declining testosterone levels.
When the breast tissue does not resolve, or when the breasts are significant and bothersome, your doctor may advise surgical gynecomastia treatment.
Male breast reduction surgery (man boob surgery) is similar to reduction surgery offered to women. The idea is to excise (cut away) excess tissue while removing both glandular and fatty tissue that forms the breast.
The surgery is customizable for the patient with two primary options.
Gynecomastia isn’t only caused by fatty tissue. Some men with a high body mass index also have breasts, but this condition is referred to as pseudogynecomastia.
With true gynecomastia, fatty tissue is involved, but the bulk of the problem is the glandular tissue that exists just beyond the nipple. Press into your areola and feel around. If you feel a firm mass shaped like a disk, you have identified the glandular tissue.
The problem can occur in one or both breasts. Even if there is breast asymmetry, a mastectomy can help give you more attractive contours, and improved self-esteem.
A mastectomy removes the glandular breast tissue growth to give the chest a more masculine shape. Excess skin may also be removed if it extends beyond the sides of the chest. The surgery is non-invasive and requires small incisions that heal to near invisibility.
This aspect of male breast reduction removes the fatty tissue. For those with pseudogynecomastia that does not resolve with regular diet and exercise, liposuction can correct the problem. This procedure also uses small incisions and comes with fast downtime.
If your gynecomastia is accompanied by puffy or oversized nipples, male breast reduction surgery can involve the repositioning and reshaping of the areolae and nipples. The result is intended to improve chest symmetry.
When nothing has worked, only male breast reduction surgery can reconfigure your chest to look more typical of other boys and men.
Diet and exercise, living healthily, and wearing compression clothing can be temporary fixes and may help normalize your chest for major events and situations.
However, only surgery can give you permanent results and a chest devoid of excess glandular tissue.
Gynecomastia treatments like male breast reduction surgery are not as expensive as you may think.
The base cost of gynecomastia surgery is around $4,239, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That does not include fees associated with anesthesia and the surgical center, for example.
To help pay for surgery, financing services like CareCredit are available.
After obtaining a line of credit, you use these services just like a credit card, allowing you to pay for your procedure over time, and with easy to manage repayment options.
Insurance companies tend to only cover surgeries that are medically necessary. As such, many policies are written to see gynecomastia surgery as elective in nature. It’s an esthetic surgery that is most often not included under health coverage.
Health insurance might consider covering the procedure if gynecomastia is accompanied by unwanted side effects like bloody discharge, breast milk, and if the breast tissue rubs on clothing, leading to irritation and potential infections.
Only your insurance provider can determine if gynecomastia surgery is covered. You can ask about the cost of gynecomastia surgery and your insurance options during your initial consultation.
By scheduling a consultation with a board-certified surgeon, you can start on the path to a more masculine chest and elevated self-esteem.
Calling a certified surgical center like the Gynecomastia Center of Los Angeles will allow you to meet privately with Dr. Babak Moeinolmolki, who has conducted thousands of minimally invasive surgeries all over the world.
A consultation begins with a discussion of breast growth. The doctor is interested in when the problem first began and the degree of breast enlargement. Did you notice your breast size growing in puberty, or did the growth spring up recently, potentially after starting a particular medication?
You’ll be asked about your medical history and any issues you may be facing, such as breast tenderness or nipple discharge.
A physical examination allows the gyno doctor to determine the extent of the breast growth. A search is conducted for lumps to rule out breast cancer, and an examination of the nipple and areolas will follow.
The physical examination might involve imaging equipment. Common technologies used include breast ultrasound and mammograms. These provide detailed images of the breasts and can detect growths or changes in the breast tissue.
There may also be blood tests and a urine test to assess the proper function of your pituitary gland and adrenal glands and to measure your estrogen levels. Other hormone levels may also be assessed to determine the proper medical treatment.
Following an official diagnosis, you may be recommended for gynecomastia treatment.
Even with an official diagnosis, a recommendation for treatment for gynecomastia is not guaranteed.
You must be in good general health without the presence of underlying conditions.
If one or more diseases are present, those should be treated and resolved before considering gynecomastia surgery or other medical intervention.
The best candidates are healthy and have followed their doctor’s guidance on attempting to resolve the glandular breast tissue naturally.
When the hormonal imbalance is restored and yet the glandular tissue persists, you may be given a recommendation for male breast reduction surgery.
You now know more about the development of gynecomastia and the several types of treatment available for your male breast problem.
Question is, are you ready to take the next step?
You probably still have questions. Is it possible to have your type of gynecomastia cured without surgery, or will you need surgical intervention?
That’s what the initial consultation is for.
Telemedicine meetings are available, which means you can meet with the doctor from the comfort of home. Using your cellphone or laptop, you can discuss your problem with the doctor before an in-person meeting and physical examination is scheduled.
The process is designed to make it easy for you to go from consultation to surgery and beyond. That’s when you’ll be able to take your shirt off to go swimming without worry.
Imagine hearing “shirts and skins” on the basketball court and ripping your top free like you just don’t care. That’s what gynecomastia treatment can do for you.
Even if you’re not a sports guy, ridding your life of breasts can resolve your emotional distress. Having a more masculine chest can make you feel more normal. Whatever your reason, now that you have access to the man boobs cure, take the next step and call the Gynecomastia Center of Los Angeles. We look forward to treating you.
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