The medical terms used by your doctor and other healthcare providers may sound funny and completely unnecessary. As they pertain to you, this could be true. Terms like gynecomastia aren’t jargon you should be expected to know. A better way to describe this condition would be “man boobs.” That’ how most people understand male breast enlargement. Because this is a common problem, we think it should be discussed by whatever name one calls it.
Male Breast Enlargement Details
When we think of breasts, we think of women. But men have breast tissue, as well. We all do. The difference between the average male breast and the average female breast, though, is that one is more muscular and one is more “fatty.” Breast tissue is fat. However, that doesn’t mean that “man boobs” are a fat problem. There are other influencing factors involved in true gynecomastia.
If a man develops enlarged breasts due to weight gain, there is a strong chance that his breasts would go back to normal if he were to lose weight. This is pseudogynecomastia. True gynecomastia may affect a man regardless of his general weight and fitness. In this instance, the breasts are most likely growing larger because the breast gland is overactive or because there is too much estrogen in his blood. Yes, just like we all have breast tissue we also all have male and female sex hormones. For a man to experience imbalance here could mean that his breasts grow larger no matter how hard he works against this change.
What Can Be Done about Gynecomastia?
Many men try to get rid of enlarged breasts by working out and managing body composition. Many turn to potentially dangerous supplements to correct hormone imbalance. What studies show makes the biggest impact on male breasts is surgery.
Male breast reduction is becoming increasingly popular as men recognize this procedure as a safe and effective way to resolve their problem for good. During male breast reduction, Dr. Rosenthal may:
- Perform liposuction to eliminate excess fat deposits.
- Excise the breast gland through a small incision. This prevents a recurrence.
- Trim excess skin that has become so loose and droopy that it would not retract naturally.
Men may have breast tissue, but no man should have to live with enlarged breasts. Learn more about male breast reduction and how it can improve your life. Call (408) 559-4700 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rosenthal in our office near San Jose.