What is gynecomastia and how can it be addressed?

male model with athletic body wearing comfortable black cotton underpants standing Gynecomastia is a specific medical condition that results in enlarged breast tissue in males. It can occur during infancy, puberty, or adulthood. Gynecomastia is not a life-threatening condition. However, it can be associated with psychological distress. Dr. Walt Sweeney of The Bougainvillea Clinique in Winter Park, FL, can assist men dealing with this condition and help restore their confidence and masculine appearance with surgical interventions.

What causes gynecomastia?

There are several potential causes of gynecomastia. In some cases, the cause is unknown. However, potential causes include hormonal imbalances, certain medications, substance abuse, and obesity.

How is gynecomastia diagnosed?

A physical examination and medical history are usually all that is needed to diagnose gynecomastia. In some cases, further testing may be ordered to rule out other potential causes of enlarged breast tissue.

What are the treatment options for gynecomastia?

The treatment for gynecomastia will vary depending on the underlying cause. In some cases, no treatment is necessary. However, if the condition is causing distress, treatment options include lifestyle changes, medication, and surgery.

  • Lifestyle changes. Some men may be able to reduce their breast size by making lifestyle changes such as losing weight, avoiding certain medications or substances, and exercising regularly. However, depending on the severity of gynecomastia, there may be sagging skin remaining afterward which can also be bothersome.
  • Medication. If lifestyle changes are not effective, medication may be recommended. Medications that can be used to treat gynecomastia include Tamoxifen, an estrogen antagonist, best used at the early onset of gynecomastia.
  • Surgery. Surgery is typically reserved for men who do not respond to lifestyle changes or medication. The most common type of surgery for gynecomastia is called a mastectomy, which involves removing the excess breast tissue. This surgical procedure may also be known as “male breast reduction” surgery and sometimes includes liposuction to remove both excess fat and tissue in the chest area.

Take charge of your condition today and seek effective treatment options!

If you reside in the Winter Park, FL area or surrounding communities and are interested in learning more about male breast reduction, call Dr. Walt Sweeney at 407-678-3116 to request a consultation visit at his office. He provides a wide selection of cosmetic surgeries and medical spa services to assist new and returning patients in his practice.

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