For men, the upper body is a prominent focal point. Many value the appearance of a strong chest and see it as a sign of masculinity. However, overtime, once firm pectorals can be diminished into a less flattering appearance. Some men may even notice an abnormally firm, rubbery mass under the areola in one or both breasts.
Gynecomastia is a common issue for middle-aged and older men. Especially, men between the ages of 50 and 70 as over 50% of men in this age group experience the ailment. Caused by hormonal imbalance, excess growth of tissue inside the breast glands under and around the areola is creates the appearance of swollen and enlarged breast tissue in males. The primary female sex hormone estrogen is produced in placed of the primary male hormone, testosterone. There are four grades of gynecomastia: mild, moderate, high, and severe. It is important to see a doctor in order to be diagnosed.
Causes of gynecomastia range from puberty to aging. Medications, genetic and health conditions are common causes. Drug use can also trigger an upset hormonal imbalance, leading to this disorder. Gynecomastia is not necessarily a health risk, nor is it life threatening, unless caused by an underlying medical condition. In the few instances that it is, treating the health issue will clear up the condition. The risk factor of this benign abnormality is more psychological and or emotional. Gynecomastia can be an embarrassing condition, causing a loss of self-confidence. Nevertheless, it is by no means permanent.
There are many option to work with when dealing with gynecomastia; the most effective being surgery. Male breast reduction surgery removes excess fat and glandular tissue, uncovering a more sculpted chest. Gynecomastia surgery is the most favored as it is personalized and the patient can have a say in exactly how he wants his chest to look. Other less drastic treatments include an estrogen free diet, compression shirts, gynecomastia supplements.
Gynecomastia supplements are also a relatively popular choice. They safely reduce the production of estrogen and are relatively affordable. Gynecomastia compression shirts are the cheapest option among the three. However, the appearance the compression shirt or vest creates disappears once the shirt is taken off, making it a temporary fix. It is important to note that gynecomastia cannot be treated naturally. There is no natural way to reverse estrogen that has already been produced breast tissue. However, an anti-estrogen diet can reduce further exposure to excess estrogen.
Still the best way to get rid of “man boobs” or reduce your male breasts is to have a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons that specialize in Gynecomastia surgery in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Chandler to get the best results. We have before and afters and have had great success with our treatments!