Snickering at the beach about some guy’s “man boobs” is nothing new. Most people assume that a man having enlarged breasts is due to nothing more than being overweight. But in 50% of men, they actually have a condition known as gynecomastia or male breast enlargement. So, while it seems that the enlarged breasts are the man’s own fault, reality is often different. And enlarged breasts can really hammer a man’s self-esteem.
To fix the condition, Dr. Turk performs male breast reduction.
What leads to gynecomastia?
The causes of adult gynecomastia aren’t fully understood. Some men as they age experience hormonal changes that cause enlarged breasts. More often, taking certain drugs and medicines can cause the condition:
- Anti-anxiety drugs
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- AIDS treatment drugs
- Heartburn treatment drugs
Men can also develop gynecomastia through marijuana and heroin use, or from excessive alcohol consumption.
Pubescent boys can also have gynecomastia. Actually, 70% have the condition at some point in their puberty. This is due to estrogen and testosterone levels that fluctuate wildly in puberty. Most teenage gynecomastia passes as hormone levels stabilize.
Breast reduction surgery
In cases of true gynecomastia, Dr. Turk examines the chest and expects to find a firm, rubbery mass underneath the nipple area. The size of this mass is around 1.5 inches across, and it may be sensitive to the touch.
To remove this tissue that is behind the man’s enlarged breasts, Dr. Turk makes small incisions in the armpits or around the areolae. Through those incisions, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed and excess skin is trimmed. Liposuction may be added to remove fat pockets.
If you want to get rid of your “man boobs,” call Dr. Turk and set up a consultation, (239) 348-4357.