Men with breasts. The enigma that is gynecomastia.
Definition: Gynecomastia can be simply defined as excess breast tissue within the male breast. Note that the definition does not say “fatty tissue” within the male breast. Gynecomastia has nothing to do with being overweight or fat. It is an excess of breast tissue within the male breast itself. It can occur in thin or fat men with an equal distribution in men of all shapes, sizes, and races.
Causes of Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia can be caused by the usual hormonal imbalance between estrogens and androgens associated with puberty. In the vast majority of cases, this is temporary, but for no known reason, it can be persistent and account for up to 25% of all gynecomastias in adults.
Certain illicit drugs, particularly marijuana and the anabolic steroids and medications used by bodybuilders, can also lead to man boobs that can be bilateral or, less commonly, unilateral, on one side only.
Another cause of man boobs, particularly in older men, is elevated estrogen levels caused by increased aromatization of testosterone. This is particularly true when there is age- or alcohol-related liver damage.
Klinefelter’s disease is another rare cause of this condition, as is testicular cancer. However, in the vast majority of gynecomastia cases, the defect is idiopathic. “Idiopathic” is a medical language for not knowing what the cause is. But, instead of admitting this, doctors prefer to slip into a strange language.
Gynecomastia treatment. Man boobs treatment is nothing less than a major internet industry. But be very careful here. This is one of those shark-infested areas of cyberspace that is seething with charlatans and their cleverly written copy of publicized false promises of miracle cures. The short answer is that there are no drugs, no hormonal gel, no herbs, no exercises, no massage “system” or any treatment that makes the slightest difference in reducing your “gynecomastia” or reducing it by even a fraction of a millimeter.
The only proven way to permanently get rid of gynecomastia is through a cosmetic surgery procedure to remove excess breast tissue and underlying fat. Liposuction can be used to do some of this, however it must be performed by a surgeon who has hundreds of these operations behind him or her and who knows exactly how much tissue needs to be removed. Do your research very carefully and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions. Also ask for the names of some former patients who have undergone surgery at your chosen clinic. This will probably be rejected unless they have the permission of some loyal customers, but I have seen many useful blogger sites with very useful information on this difficult and sometimes embarrassing problem.