We don’t get to choose where we show our weight. Some people collect weight more in their bellies, while others seem to have a more evenly distributed layer of fat. Hey, if it keeps us warm in the winter, we can’t be too mad. But, if that extra fat is collecting in the upper chest, we might not be so thrilled. And sometimes, it might not be fat at all. Learning about what is causing your larger male breasts is the first step to resolving the issue.
If working out and eating well still isn’t encouraging that extra tissue to leave, then learning more about gynecomastia surgery might be just the thing. Gynecomastia is the medical term for benign enlargement of the male breast tissue, which can show up as large breasts on men. Keep reading to learn more about gynecomastia and how we can help you get rid of that stubborn fat.
What causes it?
Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance in hormones, and it occurs higher in men above the age of 50. By definition, it can only affect men. It also can be connected to:
- Anabolic steroids used to enhance athletic performance
- Marijuana use
- Liver or kidney failure
- Testosterone deficiency
- Certain medications, such as digoxin (a heart medication), spironolactone (a diuretic), cimetidine (a medication for stomach conditions) and many others
- Chronic kidney disease
- Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland)
- Tumors of the testicles, lung, stomach, liver, kidney or pituitary gland
Who is a good candidate?
When the cause of your gynecomastia is found, you may be asked to change your lifestyle. For example, if medication is causing your gynecomastia, then you will likely be asked to switch to a new medication. In some circumstances, we will still recommend surgery.
How can I prevent gynecomastia?
Preventing any issue is usually easier than fixing it afterwards. That being said, avoiding risk factors is key. Avoiding steroids and drinking responsibly can help you avoid developing gynecomastia in the future.
If you want to learn more about gynecomastia, then give us a call at (508) 334-5990 to schedule a consultation.
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