When men seek breast reduction surgery
Friday, August 5, 2016
Let’s talk about male breast growth.
The medical term is gynecomastia, but plain talk – you probably can guess what men’s breasts might be called – points directly to why some men are embarrassed by the swelling and excess growth of breast tissue.
Men develop enlarged breasts most often when there are hormonal changes during puberty, or during aging, particularly for overweight men or those over 50. There’s an imbalance of estrogen (too much) and testosterone (not enough), causing one or both breasts to grow. Two of every three men have gynecomastia during the years surrounding puberty. That said, for the vast majority of men, the condition resolves itself.
Gynecomastia can be caused by health problems that include hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease, hypogonadism or low testosterone levels, testicular cancer, pituitary cancer, hepatitis, chronic liver disease, and kidney failure and dialysis. Breast cancer also can cause male breast enlargement, but that’s rare.
Some medications and medical treatments, and the use of drugs and alcohol, also can cause breast growth in men. It’s a not a serious condition, but some men find it difficult to accept.
“Some men wish to have their chest restored to a more conventional appearance, and they choose cosmetic breast reduction surgery, sometimes combined with liposuction. We can assist them with that,” says Steven C. Schmidt, MD, a plastic surgeon with Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic in Green Bay.
To schedule a personal consultation, call 866-726-8200 or request an appointment online.
Plastic Surgery & Skin Specialists by BayCare Clinic also serves patients at locations in Oshkosh, Marinette and Sturgeon Bay.