Written By: David Levens
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Gynecomastia is a medical term that originates from the Greek words for “women-like breasts.” The condition often results in embarrassment, teasing, and social trauma, especially for teens and younger men, leading many to wear heavy, loose-fitting shirts and avoid sports and bare-chested activities. Gynecomastia Before and After Pictures Fort Lauderdale, FL Sufferers may find some comfort in the fact that they are not alone. Gynecomastia is present in an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population. It may affect only one breast or both. Certain drugs, such as anabolic steroids, medications containing estrogen, alcohol, and marijuana, may cause or contribute to enlarged male breasts. So might some medical conditions including cancer and impaired liver function. However, it is widely accepted in the medical community that a large percentage of cases occur for unknown reasons. Excess fat or glandular tissue, especially along the lower breast, are the culprits, creating a “female” contour. Diet and exercise can help with generalized fat, but cannot be directed to the specific shape of the chest fat. Neither diet nor exercise will help reduce excess glandular tissue. Indeed, as muscle beneath the breast is built up as with chest exercises, the overlying fat and glandular tissue is pushed further forward and may become more noticeable. Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Male breast reduction removes excess breast tissue and fat that gives male breasts an enlarged and feminine appearance. For most men, the surgery offers a welcome relief from living with “man boobs” that make them feel less masculine. Good Candidates for Male Breast Reduction The best candidates for male breast reduction are: Those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours Healthy men of any age Males who are mature enough physically and emotionally to handle it Although male breast reduction can be performed on teenagers, gynecomastia often resolves itself without surgical treatment by age 18 or 19, so patients are well advised to wait until then unless the condition is causing major emotional trauma. A free consultation with Dr. Levens can give both the patient and his parents the guidance they need to make an informed decision.