Did you know that both men and women can develop oversized breasts? In males, the enlargement of breasts and presence of excessive glandular breast tissue is called gynecomastia.
If you are a male who has overdeveloped breasts, you probably have a number of questions about your condition. One of the most commonly asked questions that patients bring to Dr. A.J. Khalil is whether gynecomastia will last forever. If you have questions about your gynecomastia you should consult with our knowledgeable and experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Khalil. Here, Dr. Khalil will discuss the condition, its duration, and possible treatment options.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is an increase in breast tissue in boys or men. It can be present in one or both breasts. Gynecomastia can occur at any age. It can affect infants, adolescents, and even older men. Gynecomastia is most often the result of a hormonal imbalance, but it can have other causes as well.
While gynecomastia is a physical condition, it can often cause mental and emotional issues. Men with gynecomastia may feel embarrassed or ashamed about their breasts. They may be reluctant to engage in normal activities due to their breasts.
A common concern for men with gynecomastia is whether the condition is permanent. Whether or not the condition is permanent will depend on the patient. For some patients, gynecomastia will go away on its own. However, for many patients the condition can persist. If the condition persists, the patient may want to explore treatment options.
As mentioned above, the most popular non-surgical treatment for gynecomastia is time. However, if the condition does not go away on its own it may be possible to treat it with medication. If you are concerned about your gynecomastia, you should ask your doctor about medicines to treat the condition. Depending on the cause of the gynecomastia your doctor may also recommend other lifestyle changes as well.
The most popular and effective surgical treatment option for gynecomastia is male breast reduction surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon carefully removes loose skin and excess glandular tissue and fat. If necessary, the areolas and nipples can also be repositioned and reshaped to improve their appearance.
The results of male breast reduction surgery can last for many years. However, if the cause of the gynecomastia is not addressed, then it is possible for the condition to return. For example, if recreational drug use caused the gynecomastia and the patient continues to use drugs, the condition could occur again.
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Male breast reduction surgery is a safe and effective procedure to treat gynecomastia. Contact Dr. Khalil today for a free consultation.