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Common Male Breast Reduction Questions Answered

Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, has become an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for men. Men feeling jaded with their oversized chests have begun to find that gynecomastia surgery is the most effective way to quickly slim down their chest and reestablish flatter, firmer and more defined pecs. With today’s advanced medical technology procedures there is no need for men to remain despondent and discouraged with their chest. With the help of Dr. Kapoor and his trained professional staff, men can finally be confident and pleased with their chest. Naturally, with modern male breast reduction being so new there are many questions that men still need answered. Learn more about the commonly asked questions regarding male breast reduction in Beverly Hills.

 

What is Male Gynecomastia?

 

Most men dissatisfied with their chest likely don’t even realize that an option exists to reduce the sheer volume and overall size of their breasts. It’s also likely that most men don’t know that the enlargement of their breasts isn’t necessarily a cause of weight gain, but is in fact a physical condition that can arise as men mature. The aggrandizement in men’s breasts is known as gynecomastia and although it is most common in older men, it can also materialize in teenage boys and young men as well. In fact, it is estimated that approximately half of all men over 40 and a significant portion of teenage boys and young men have developed enlarged breasts. The only noticeable difference that appears here is that boys and young men haven’t necessarily developed gynecomastia. As men are young, enlarged breasts could be due solely to developing sex level hormones and likely will eventually fade away; in fact, this is the case with over 90% of young men. Unlike young men, enlarged breasts are caused through changing hormones, approximately half of all adult men will experience gynecomastia as they age. Gynecomastia will cause enlargement of the breasts and in some cases, result in uneven and forged breasts. In severe instances of gynecomastia, the weight of the excess breast tissue that has developed can even become so overwhelming that it causes the breasts and areola to sag and stretch. Gynecomastia is a very serious issue in mature men. Luckily the effects of this distressing yet prevalent condition can be reversed with male breast reduction in Beverly Hills.

 

What Causes Gynecomastia and Enlarged Male Breasts?

 

Pseudogynecomastia, gynecomastia for short, is so prevalent in modern days that it seems approximately half of all men are afflicted with the condition. However, unlike with most ailments, there isn’t just one cause that can be blamed; this of course is clearly seen when examining that 50% of men experience some level of the condition. Instead, there are various habits, diseases and lifestyles that can be the leading cause of the condition in individuals, including:

 

Hormone Changes: It is common for young men and teenagers to experience enlarged chests while their hormones endure changes, however this doesn’t necessarily mean they are afflicted with gynecomastia. Men however can experience natural hormone changes that will cause them to develop gynecomastia. Testosterone controls the development and maintenance of sex characteristics in men, which includes the overall augmentation and chisel of men’s chests. In addition to testosterone men also produce estrogen, which is commonly thought to only be composed by women. While estrogen isn’t limited to only women, it does primarily encourage the development of womanly features. Generally, the estrogen produced in men is produced in such small quantities that it wouldn’t cause feminine characteristics to form in men. However, as men age it can become more commonplace for testosterone and estrogen levels to shift or become unbalanced. For men with unduly high estrogen levels or uncommonly low testosterone levels, feminine features can begin to become more prevalent. Regrettably, when hormone levels become unbalanced male gynecomastia can develop. Hormone level imbalances become increasingly prevalent as men reach their 50’s. In fact, the prevalence of gynecomastia reaches its peak for men between 50-80 where a significant proportion of men are expected to experience hormone levels and thus gynecomastia. Additionally, age is not the only factor to be taken into consideration for the imbalance of hormone levels. Environmental chemicals, pollution and even food fillers all can play a key role in causing the male body to create more estrogen which ultimately can result in the creation of excess breast tissue.

 

Medications: Medications can also produce gynecomastia. In fact, there are various medications that contribute directly to the development of gynecomastia and the alteration of hormone levels in men. Various medications both over the counter and prescription can lead to gynecomastia and increased breast tissue swelling including:

 

Antibiotics: Many antibiotics inhibit the production and direction of male testosterone. Popular antibiotic drugs such as Nizoral, Extina and Xolegel all are known to often constrain the production of male testosterone. While certainly not all antibiotics are harmful to testosterone creation, there are many that are and it is important to understand this harmful side effect of common antibiotics.

 

Cardiac Medicines: Cardiac medicines are very commonly used for the reduction of high blood pressure and hypertension for those who suffer from cardiac related illnesses. However, many cardiac and antihypertensive medications utilize calcium channel blockers. Calcium channel blockers are generally used for the sole purpose of preventing calcium from entering cells in the heart and blood vessel walls. Unfortunately, the same calcium channel blockers used to prevent calcium build up are also keen to preventing testosterone growth. Although scientists are unsure of why the calcium channel blockers tend to prevent the growth of testosterone, it is known that lack of testosterone can ultimately lead to gynecomastia.

 

Chemotherapy and Prostate Cancer Treatments: Chemotherapy is one of the most common causes of gynecomastia among men diagnosed with cancer. The reason for this is because chemotherapy is designed to kill cells, some of which are utilized to produce testosterone. Approximately 95% of men’s testosterone originates, or is created, in the testes located by the Leydig cells. Chemotherapy, with its sole purpose being to kill harmful cells, often kills a significant portion of healthy cells in the process. Generally, for men on chemotherapy that end up afflicted with gynecomastia, the reason is often because the chemotherapy caused damage to the Leydig cells. Leydig cell damage provokes a disorder called hypogonadism. Hypogonadism is when the sex glands fail to produce hormones or produce very little. Considering 95% of men’s testosterone is created in these glands, gynecomastia is a very common result when damage is sustained due to chemotherapy.

 

There are various medications that contribute to the conception of gynecomastia in men. The medications listed above are the most common to cause lowered testosterone and increased risk of gynecomastia. However, various psychiatric medications, proton pump inhibitors and fungal medications are prone to causing gynecomastia in men.

 

Why Have Gynecomastia Surgery?

 

Gynecomastia can present itself in men at any age. However, in young men and children that are in fact diagnosed with gynecomastia, it is common for the effects of the ailment to self-correct.

 

Unfortunately, for most men self correction is improbable. Working out, dieting and taking supplements may help to slightly reduce the appearance and overall girth of the breasts but still will likely prove to be generally ineffective. Often times in men with gynecomastia who exercise or diet to reduce the size of their chest, additional excess glandular tissue will still remain. Despite the best efforts of men, gynecomastia is difficult and nearly impossible to will away. Regardless, gynecomastia surgery remains the most effective, immediate and likely permanent solution to male gynecomastia. Enduring gynecomastia and the effects of the ailment can be physically and mentally difficult for men. Male gynecomastia surgery affords men the confidence of living in their own skin again. If men are uncomfortable and unhappy with their overly large chest and the lack of confidence that coincides, male gynecomastia surgery is a perfect option for them.
Male breast reduction surgery is great for improving the overall lives of men afflicted with male gynecomastia. Unfortunately, a significant portion of American men are grieved with overly large breasts and the mental and physical damage that coincides due to male gynecomastia. While there are not many ways to correct overly large and feminine-esque chests in men, male breast reduction surgery is the most effective and swift method. Dr. Vishal Kapoor and his team specialize in male breast reduction surgery in Beverly Hills. If you suffer from gynecomastia or are just dissatisfied with the overall size and girth of your chest, contact us to schedule your consultation. Men should no longer have to worry about the appearance of their chest due to gynecomastia or any other reasons. Male breast reduction surgery will restore your masculine, defined chest back and provide you with confidence in your body.

VISHAL KAPOOR, M.D.
ROBERT E. SCHLENKER, M.D.FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeons
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