Gynecomastia isn’t something many men want to talk about, but it is something that should be talked about more often. While we understand that you don’t want to talk about gynecomastia because of the self-consciousness and embarrassment associated with the condition, talking about it is good for a few reasons. First, it brings understanding about the condition, and second, it can help you realize you’re not alone. More than 75 percent of men experience gynecomastia in their lifetime. Dr. Jack Peterson helps many men living with gynecomastia and each year sees more and more men wanting to improve the look of their chests surgically.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is the development of unwanted breast tissue in men. As we said, it happens to most men. But, it typically occurs for a short period during puberty when surges in hormones can trigger breast tissue growth. In some cases, this breast tissue goes away after puberty, but in many cases, it doesn’t.
In addition to the hormonal changes of puberty, gynecomastia can also be caused by excessive weight gain, use of anabolic steroids in bodybuilders and recreational drug use. Some prescription medications can also increase the size of male breast tissue.
Are You Sure It’s Gynecomastia?
Any unwanted growth can be concerning. And while your mind may immediately go to cancer, in most cases, unwanted male breast tissue is going to be gynecomastia. Gynecomastia usually occurs in both breasts (it can happen on only one side as well). Male breast tissue that develops as a result of gynecomastia is typically palpable, tender and firm, and it moves. Generally, male breast tissue caused by gynecomastia is located under the nipple and areola area.
If you developed a hard lump on one said that doesn’t move and you experience nipple discharge, changes in your skin and swollen lymph nodes, you should schedule a checkup to be evaluated for breast cancer.
So, It’s Gynecomastia. Now, What?
If it is gynecomastia or excess fat in the breasts, you have options. Dr. Peterson can surgically remove the unwanted breast tissue and suction away excess fat through liposuction. Incisions are generally made in the nipple/areola area. Excess skin can also be surgically removed, and remaining skin can be tightened to give a more defined appearance to your chest.
Are you interested in learning more about gynecomastia and how Dr. Peterson can help? Give us a call at 785-234-9000 to talk about your treatment options and to set up a consultation today.