Get a relief from Gynecomastia by learning more about it
The fact remains that gynecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement prevails in millions of Indian men and boys. With good proportions being attacked during puberty, many men begin enlarging breasts during their youth. Gynecomastia is socially attributed with low self-esteem, self-pity, and loss of interest in social activities. Whereas many men try hard to get rid of this condition, others the solution remains a myth.
What is Gynecomastia?
It is simply the enlargement of male breasts. Unlike common beliefs, gynecomastia is characterised by the enlargement of the glandular tissue of the male breast or breasts and in some cases, with an accumulation of fat (fat deposits). Normally, the condition is believed to be triggered by hormonal imbalances in boys during puberty and males due to various factors.
Although some may overcome the condition with simpler approaches, others require medical intervention.
What exactly causes Gynecomastia
Studies indicate that gynecomastia cases are prevalent in 65% of adolescent boys. Although the exact cause isn’t directly identified, hormonal imbalances are the main trigger. Scientifically, the puberty stage is characterized by a number of physical and psychological changes or developments. It is noted that during this stage, there is an increase of estrogen levels in both males and females.
Males or boys who may get gynecomastia are those whose estrogen levels increase than required and persist. This creates an imbalance between the estrogens and the androgen (male hormone) responsible for male developments.
- Lifestyle & Medications
A sedentary lifestyle characterized by alcoholism and drug use can easily trigger gynecomastia in males. In addition, the use of Anti-androgens Anabolic steroids, and certain Antibiotics can also trigger male breast enlargement.
- Medical Conditions
Certain disorders of the male sex organs can affect testosterone production, which may cause a hormonal imbalance. The commonest disorders include; Klinefelter’s syndrome, Testicular cancers, among others.
In some cases, poor feeding may hamper with the body’s normal function resulting in a number of physical deformities. However, consuming fatty foods and sugary foods may lead to male breast enlargement.
Who are the Victims?
Mainly, boys (puberty), youths, and old males can easily get gynecomastia. Males with cirrhosis of the liver are also liable to developing gynecomastia and as explained above, any of those factors can trigger gynecomastia.
How Do I Know that I Have Gynecomastia?
Common symptoms of gynecomastia generally include enlarged breasts and chest. Another to know, you may feel a firm or rubbery mass near the nipple.
Depending on the type of gynecomastia, you may experience tenderness or sensitivity and in other cases pain. It is quite important to note that the condition can be unilateral or occur on both sides of the breast.
Facts About Gynecomastia
- It is a male issue characterized by enlarged glandular tissue
- It is different from male breast cancer
- Gynecomastia is also associated with other medical conditions such as obesity, hyperthyroidism, chronic kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver, low testosterone levels, and depression.
- It can be corrected by surgical intervention
Gynecomastia Treatment Options
You can overcome gynecomastia via the following treatment options that generally include medications and surgery.
- Gynecomastia surgery
- Hormonal Therapy “ Testosterone Replacement”
- A combination of Lifestyle alterations & Physical activity
Gynecomastia & Male Breast Reduction
A gynecomastia surgery normally begins with a consultation, during which the presence of the glandular tissue is determined. Depending on the amount of enlargement (glandular tissue) and or without fat deposits, your surgeon will make an incision to retrieve the glandular tissue. Liposuction may also be applied to remove the fat after which a drain is inserted. The incisions and stitches are made in a way that reduces scarring and, significantly, for aesthetic results.
The procedure is conducted under anaesthesia and you will experience swelling, bleeding, among others. Following the surgeon’s instructions after the surgery is necessary for a friendly post-operative period and desired results.