While gynecomastia may appear at any time, it is often seen during periods of hormonal fluctuations, such adolescence or late middle age. However, there are a host of other triggers, meaning most men are susceptible to sudden changes in breast size. In many cases, this excess breast tissue will go away on its own, almost as quickly as it appeared. So, if you suddenly find yourself struggling with large male breasts, how to you know when to seek medical attention?
Enlarged Male Breasts Are Not Necessarily Permanent:
In many instances, gynecomastia is not permanent. An imbalance between testosterone and estrogen levels can cause an increase in glandular tissue, but as the body’s hormones regulate, the protruding breast tissue will go back to normal. This gynecomastia process involves several distinct phases. First, the inflammatory phase is marked by swelling breast tissue. During this time, the breasts may be quite tender and sore. Stretch marks can be seen as the tissue rapidly changes in size. After six to twelve months, the initial inflammation period will subside. At this point, the breasts may go back to their usual appearance and no treatment will be necessary.
What to do when gynecomastia doesn’t fade:
If you are still struggling with excessive breast tissue after a year, the time has come to consult a physician. It is of upmost importance to rule out any underlying medical conditions, such as a pituitary gland disorder, liver condition, or other illness. Certain medications may also be the cause of enlarged breasts. During your medical workup, a doctor can determine the cause of gynecomastia and recommend the appropriate medical treatment, including a switch in medications, if needed.
For some men, gynecomastia is idiopathic, or without a known cause. When the excessive breast tissue does not dissipate after 12-18 months, men can turn to a board certified cosmetic surgeon can improve their chest contours through a male breast reduction. The surgical treatment for gynecomastia may involve excision of glandular tissue and liposuction for excess, adipose tissue (fat). The out-patient procedure will restore a flat, masculine chest. Scarring is well-hidden and the results can be long-lasting.
If you have questions or concerns about changes in your breast tissue, reach out to Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Paul Vitenas can help to determine the cause of Gynecomastia and decide on the right time for a male breast reduction. This one appointment can change the way you feel about your body, restoring confidence and self-esteem. Contact Houston’s Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery to arrange your free gynecomastia consultation at (281) 668-7370.