Gynecomastia can be a source of embarrassment for men both in and out of clothing. Over developed breasts can be obvious through a shirt, so men with Gynecomastia avoid tight shirts and often wear multiple layers to obscure the appearance of their enlarged breasts.
Causes of Gynecomastia
The are many reasons for Gynecomastia. The most common reason is natural hormonal changes. This can be seen in newborns, adolescents and men. Newborn Gynecomastia usually resolves within two to three weeks after birth, as the influence of the mother’s estrogen wanes. Adolescent Gynecomastia is very common, but also can resolve in one to two years, as surges in hormones seen with puberty level off. Adult Gynecomastia can either be unresolved adolescent gynecomastia, or may develop later in life. According to the Mayo Clinic, Gynecomastia peaks between the ages of 50 to 80, and at least 1 in 4 men are affected.
Gynecomastia Video – Male Breast Reduction
The Gynecomastia Video below was made for KRON4’s Body Beautiful television show. This segment focuses on the latest treatments available for Male Breast Enlargement. Options like Liposuction and Surgical Excision are discussed and illustrated with multiple Gynecomastia Before and After Pictures.
The (415) number displayed during the video was only for the live broadcast. If you have questions about Male Breast Reduction, or would like to come to my office for a private consultation about Gynecomastia Reduction, call (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the column on the left. Other postings on Gynecomastia are available by clicking Breast Reduction (Men) under “Categories” to the left.
Male Breast Reduction Video from KRON4
Medications and Gynecomastia
Many common medications are linked to the development of Gynecomastia including:
- Anti-androgens like flutamide, finasteride (Proscar, Propecia) and spironolactone (Aldactone)
- Anabolic steroids and androgens
- AIDS antiretroviral therapy (HAART) especially Efavirenz (Sustiva)
- Anti-anxiety medications like diazepam (Valium)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Some Antibiotics
- Ulcer medications like cimetidine (Tagamet)
- Chemotherapy, especially for Prostate Cancer
- Heart medications like digoxin (Lanoxin) and calcium channel blockers
Other Health Conditions
Other Medical Conditions can also contribute to the development of Gynecomastia including:
- Hypogonadism (Klinefelter syndrome or pituitary insufficiency)
- Tumors of the testes, adrenal glands or pituitary gland
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure and cirrhosis
More Gynecomastia Treatment Information
More Gynecomastia Information is available on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog and my other web sites; however, if you want specific information, a private consultation is the best way to get it. Call (925) 943-6353, or use the contact form in the column on the left.
Other postings on Gynecomastia are available by clicking Breast Reduction (Men) under “Categories” to the left, and by visiting DrMele.com’s Gynecomastia Page or SanFrancisco Breast’s Gynecomastia Page.