Gynecomastia is a hormonal disorder in men to develop an abnormal growth of glandular breast tissues. The main cause of Gynecomastia is an increasing amount of the hormone estrogen in the male body and decreased amount of testosterone. The most prominent effect of Gynecomastia can be of an odd-looking chest in men, often resulting in feeling awkward and self-conscious to take off their shirts, go to swimming, at the gym etc. and sometimes it can be tender or hard and painful. Cosmetic Surgery is the most effective treatment of Gynecomastia that allows the sufferer with fast and permanent removal of the breasts.
Main causes of Gynecomastia
Hormonal Disorder – Gynecomastia is often a combination of glandular tissue and extra fatty tissue, otherwise, it is a growth of breast tissue, not fat tissue. Growth of breast tissues is the main form of Gynecomastia that is caused purely as a hormonal disorder.
Sometimes excess fat develops in the chest area of men that can be very hard to remove. Hormonal imbalance is one of the main causes of Gynecomastia when the secretion of the oestrogen exceeds the level of testosterone. What cases this imbalance is yet undetected.
At adolescence, hormone levels are vulnerable to fluctuate, when the testosterone level is exceeded by the growth of oestrogen the breast tissues grow. This might minimalise as they get older and their hormone levels regain balance.
Gynecomastia is a hormonal disorder in men that causes them to develop breasts that might sometimes swell and become larger than normal and can cause many involuntary problems in the sufferer’s lifestyle and confidence. This is a common medical condition in the UK with around 20% of patients opting for male breast reduction surgeries every year, according toe
At Harley Body Clinic, our surgeons conduct avid research on the subject, practice with exciting new technologies and provide smart treatments and surgeries for Gynecomastia and male breast reduction.
Causes and Symptoms of Gynecomastia
- Hormonal imbalance is the main cause of Gynecomastia, where the imbalance between the sex hormones oestrogen and testosterone result in men to grow breasts. Oestrogen is primarily the female sex hormone which causes the development of breasts; and testosterone is the male sex hormone. Men also secrete some degree of oestrogen, but the much higher levels of testosterone controls the oestrogen from causing breast tissue to grow in men. If the level of oestrogen exceeds the level of testosterone more than it can control, then the imbalance cause men to grow breasts.
- Newborn babies can be affected by Gynecomastia when during childbirth oestrogen can transfer into the baby boy’s body from the mother. However, this is supposed to clear off with little time post delivery.
- Boy’s hormone levels at adolescence vary a lot with almost 3 out of 5 teenage boys develop some degree of breast enlargement at this age. But generally adolescent Gynecomastia disappears by itself over time as the boys grow up to be men and the hormone levels regain their balance.
- Men can develop Gynecomastia later in life as well as they grow older to their 40s and 50s, their body produces less testosterone, moreover gaining weight at older age can also cause the appearance of breast tissues in men that is medically referred as pseudogynecomastia.
Other Causes of Gynecomastia can include side effects of from drugs for heart disease, or drugs like cannabis or anabolic steroids; excess consumption of alcohol can deviate testosterone levels; Kidney/Liver failure and/or diseases; Klinefelter’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder and Infection in the testicles.
Symptoms of Gynecomastia is the appearance of small or much amount of extra tissue around the nipples of men and boys at puberty or mid-ages, either or both breasts can be affected by it and sometimes it can be tender, highly sensitive and painful.
Treatments for Gynecomastia
There are grades of severity of Gynecomastia. While there are some medications available to control testosterone levels, to treat higher grades of Gynecomastia surgical removal of the breast tissue or glands is highly preferred by surgeons and general practitioners.
Male breast Reduction surgery at Harley Body Clinic is done using only FDA approved technology and VASER Liposuction surgeries for men suffering from gynecomastia and the numerous physical as well as mental turbulences causing from it.
All surgeries at Harley Body Clinic begins with a personalized and up-close consultation between patient and surgeon where the surgeon asses the patient’s current medical condition, expectations and history. The whole procedure is thoroughly discussed and the patient’s and our surgeons aim to make the patient aware of all about the surgical procedures and help them feel comfortable and prepared for the surgery both mentally and physically.
The male breast reduction surgery (Reduction Mammoplasty) provided by Harley Body Clinic is a minimal invasive surgery usually done under local anaesthesia, which all in all takes about 2 and a half hours to conduct.
After-effects and complications are quite minimal and prone to disappear over time, this include: skin damage, scars and bumps; wound infection, changes in nipple sensation