Enlarged breasts in males, also known as gynecomastia, often causes extreme social and emotional trauma. Men with the condition are usually highly embarrassed by their physical appearance and develop coping strategies to protect their self-esteem. They may avoid any situation that would bare their chest such as swimming and exercise. They may fear intimacy and they often try to hide their appearance by wearing loose clothing or developing a hunched over posture.
Surprisingly, this condition is fairly common in men of all ages, affecting about 40% to 60% of males at some point in their life. Enlarged male breasts during puberty will often go away after a period of time. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, gynecomastia accounts for more than 65 percent of all male breast disorders. It is important to note that while enlargement usually develops on both sides of the chest, if it is one-sided, firm, and hard, see a doctor immediately to rule out male breast cancer.
The cause of gynecomastia is not known, but it is generally agreed that it has something to do with an imbalance of sex hormones. Androgens are hormones that create male characteristics, such as hair growth, muscle size, and a deep voice. Estrogens are hormones that create female characteristics. All men have both androgens and estrogens. Changes in the levels of these hormones, or in how the body uses or responds to these hormones may cause enlarged breasts in men. Certain prescription medications as well as steroids and the use of street drugs may also be contributing factors. Being overweight, which causes the body to develop more fatty tissue, may also aggravate the condition
Male breast reduction can greatly improve the appearance of the chest. Most men who have had the surgery experience a boost in self-confidence and are liberated from years of hiding their chest.
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