Definition: Gynecomastia can be simply defined as excess breast tissue inside the male breast. Notice, the definition does not state”fatty tissue” inside the breast. Gynecomastia has nothing to do with being over fat or weigh. It’s excess breast tissue inside the male breast feeding itself. It may occur in thin men or obese men with equal distribution in men of all shapes and sizes and race.
Causes of Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia could be caused by the usual hormonal imbalance between estrogens and androgen associated with puberty. In the vast majority of instances this is transient but for no known reason, it could be persistent and accounts for as many as 25% of all adult Gyno.
Certain illicit drugs, most notably marijuana and the anabolic steroids and drugs used by body builders, may also contribute to male breasts which can be bilateral or, even less often, unilateral — on one side only.
Still another reason for male breasts, especially in older men, are elevated estrogens levels caused by increased aromatization of testosterone. This is particularly so where there is age or alcohol related liver damage.
Klinefelter’s disease is another uncommon cause of this condition, as is esophageal cancer. However, in the vast majority of instances of Gynecomastia, the defect is idiopathic. ‘Idiopathic’ is doctor speak for not knowing what the cause is. Butrather than admit this, doctors prefer to lapse to a peculiar language.
The treatment for male breasts is just nothing short of a major Internet market. However, be very careful here. This is one of these shark infested regions of cyberspace seething with charlatans and their cleverly written copy of false promises of hyped up miracle cures.
The only proven method to permanently do away with Gynecomastia is via a cosmetic surgery procedure to remove the extra breast tissue and underlying fat. Liposuction can be used to do some of this yet it needs to be done by a surgeon who has a huge number of those surgeries behind him or her and that knows exactly how much tissue needs to be excised. Do your study very carefully and do not be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Also request the names of several ex-patients who’ve had the surgery in the selected practice. This will most likely be refused unless they have the consent of some loyal customers, but I have seen plenty of helpful blogger sites with very useful information on this difficult and sometimes embarrassing problem.