Gynaecomastia (Sometimes referred to as man boobs) is a common condition that causes both boys and men’s breasts to swell and become larger than normal. For many this may only be temporary, though for some it can be a long term issue causing significant distress and embarrassment.
What are the signs of Gynaecomastia?
- Small amounts of extra tissue around the nipples
- More prominent breasts
- Tender or painful breasts
Why can men develop ‘man boobs’?
Hormonal imbalances: caused by an imbalance between the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen. The hormone oestrogen causes breast tissue to grow, men all produce this hormone though normally have higher levels of testosterone which prevents the breast tissue growing.
Obesity: is another common reason, men who are overweight are known to produce more oestrogen which causes breast tissue to grow.
Newborns baby boys: Due to oestrogen passing through the placenta from the mother to the baby, it is a temporary condition that would disappear a few weeks after the baby is born.
Puberty: During puberty boys hormone levels vary, in many cases the testosterone level drops causing oestrogen to take over. Many teenage boys have a degree of breast enlargement, though this can clear up as hormone levels become more stable.
Aging: As men get older they start producing less testosterone, as well as normally having more body fat which can cause more oestrogen to be produced
How can Gynaecomastia be treated?
If you suffer from Gynecomastia, procedures such as breast reduction can change your life! To some men this condition can cause a lot of distress, pain as well as anxiety issues around their body. Male breast reduction surgery is a cosmetic surgery procedure that removes excess fat and tissue from male breasts while improving the shape and contour of the chest for a more pleasing and masculine appearance.
Male breast reduction surgery can provide a safe, permanent solution to gynecomastia, and leave you looking and feeling great. Specialists at Bella Vou will be able to give you the self confidence boost you deserve giving you the chest you desire!