Breast Reduction in Men Gains Popularity
A popular cosmetic surgery for men may also be a surprising one : male breast reduction. This procedure is typically performed to treat a condition known as gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue in men) or breasts enlarged as a result of fatty deposits from obesity.
Gynecomastia can affect men of any age. According to a report published by The Mayo Clinic, it occurs as a result of a hormonal imbalance in which testosterone levels are decreased relative to estrogen levels. Several common causes of this imbalance include: natural hormone changes, certain health conditions, exposure to anabolic steroids or estrogen, side effects of some medications or street drugs, and certain cancer treatments. However, according to the US National Library of Medicine, in approximately 25% of boys and men the exact cause remains unknown.
Depending on the cause, gynecomastia often resolves on its own or will resolve after treating any underlying medical conditions or stopping the usage of drugs associated with gynecomastia. In other times, surgical treatment may be necessary.
Gynecomastia surgery can help men with this condition gain a new sense of body confidence by reducing the appearance of overdeveloped breast tissue or removing fat deposits that enlarge the breasts. ‘Male breast reduction is actually more common than one might think,‘ says Felmont Eaves III, MD, president of ASAPS. ‘Surgery can be very effective in men who have breast enlargement due to either an unusual amount of actual breast tissue or fatty deposits.‘
[Source: ASAPS/Medical News Today]