Gynecomastia, also known as enlarged male breasts, is a medical condition where males develop an abnormal amount of glandular tissue in their chest. The development of additional glandular tissue enlarges the chest and gives the appearance of “breasts.”
Thankfully, gynecomastia only rarely causes medical issues. However, the appearance of the male breasts can be frustrating and emotionally distressing. In this post, we’ll be delving into the causes of gynecomastia and how male breast reduction can help provide a permanent solution.
Certain medications can cause gynecomastia to develop. This is usually because the medication affects the male’s hormonal imbalance and increases the development of glandular tissue. Some medications that may cause gynecomastia include:
- Anabolic steroids or androgens. These are used for hormonal imbalances, delayed puberty, or muscle loss.
- Certain AIDS medications.
- Tricyclic antidepressants.
- Anti-androgens that are used to treat prostate issues.
- ADHD medications that use amphetamines.
Anabolic Steroid Abuse
Anabolic steroid abuse causes a change in hormones and may cause gynecomastia. This is commonly done to improve muscle building and boost athletic performance. Short-term use could have reversible effects, but long-term abuse will likely lead to gynecomastia that requires surgical removal.
Certain health conditions affect the body’s hormonal balance and can cause gynecomastia. Some examples are tumors, hypogonadism, and malnutrition.
Tumors can appear in hormone-producing areas and affect the body’s hormonal balance by preventing or creating more of a hormone.
For example, hypogonadism is a condition where you produce less testosterone. The imbalance between testosterone and estrogen can cause gynecomastia. Malnutrition can cause gynecomastia through a lack of nutrition. Your body will naturally produce less testosterone when starving while maintaining estrogen levels. This imbalance can lead to gynecomastia.
Saying Goodbye to Gynecomastia
At Farris Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX, we understand that everyone should feel comfortable in their body. That’s why we provide male breast reduction for men looking to permanently say goodbye to gynecomastia. We’ll provide an in-depth consultation process so you know what to expect and determine your candidacy.
Farris Plastic Surgery is led by Dr. Zachary Farris, who is an award-winning double-board-certified plastic surgeon. If you’re considering male breast reduction surgery, contact Farris Plastic Surgery at (214) 363-1073 to book your consultation today.