If you are a man who has started to develop breasts, it's natural to wonder why this is happening to you. Gynecomastia, or the enlargement of breast tissue within male bodies, can be alarming and embarrassing for many of the men who visit our New York City office for a consultation. Fortunately, the condition is generally nonthreatening and easy to treat.
The root cause of gynecomastia is generally hormonal, an imbalance between the levels of testosterone and estrogen in your body. If your testosterone levels drop too low, or your estrogen levels climb too high, you may begin to develop breasts. Fat cells produce a small amount of estrogen, so the growth of fatty tissue in your breasts can further reinforce this hormonal imbalance.
Gynecomastia can be caused by:
- Any disorder that affects testosterone or estrogen levels
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Aging (men tend to lose testosterone as they age)
- Prescription medication (especially steroids and prostate medication)
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Liver or kidney failure
Gynecomastia is common during puberty, when the body's hormone levels begin to shift, and very rarely requires any sort of treatment. For men, the solution may involve a change in diet and increase in exercise. Anyone with gynecomastia should see an endocrinologist to better understand the underlying hormone issues and rule out thyroid disease.
The good news is that your breast tissue can be removed with a simple procedure at Park Plaza Plastic Surgery in New York City. While the underlying causes of male breast enlargement will not be fixed with plastic surgery, Dr. Lefkovits can help restore your confidence by removing excess breast tissue, allowing your chest to regain its natural look.
To learn more about what male breast reduction surgery can do for you, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Lefkovits, either by using the form to your right or by calling (212) 750-9494. Dr. Lefkovits serves patients throughout the city and state of New York.