Gynecomastia is swelling of the breast tissue in males caused by an imbalance of hormones, estrogen and testosterone. It can occur in one or both breasts. This can be an extremely embarrassing condition to have to face, especially for boys in their pre-teen and teenage years. It’s important to be informed so that necessary treatment can be undertaken.
Gynecomastia treatment depends on the cause and can sometimes require male breast reduction surgery. To know more, consult us at Columbia Asia Hospital. We are more than happy to help you with professional medical advice on the matter.
What causes Gynecomastia?
The cause is different in different age groups.
- New Born Babies: Estrogen passed on from the mother causes Gynecomastia in male newborn babies. A breast bud is formed due to this, which usually goes away naturally in about 6 months of birth.
- Puberty: Breast buds could form at this age as well and can last up to two years. The process usually takes place during puberty. This is commonly due to hormonal imbalance.
- Male Adults: The causes for Gynecomastia are usually due anti androgens used for prostate enlargement, aids medication, some antidepressants, cancer medication, and some heart medicines. Street drugs and alcohol can cause gynecomastia. Some health conditions which affect hormonal balance like hypogonadism, aging, tumors, hyperthyroidism, renal failure, liver failure and malnutrition.
Gynecomastia Symptoms & Diagnosis
If you have any concerns or have a family history of Gynecomastia, consult your doctor immediately. Medical examinations can be performed if you suspect there is a possibility of Gynecomastia.
Also, males of a family with a history of breast cancer (in women as well), should keep a check on any lumps forming. This could cause Gynecomastia or even lead up to male breast cancer if it goes unchecked.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Treatment of Gynecomastia depends on the cause of the condition. If it is caused due to hormonal imbalances of puberty, it is corrected within a couple of years. If it is caused due to intake of certain medications, medical conditions, or lifestyle habits, these have to be changed. However, if caused due to breast cancer then you will be further investigated and treated. Sometimes for cosmetic reasons one may need to undergo male breast reduction surgery.
This is a cosmetic procedure to help reconstruct and reduce the size of breasts in males when the condition is not healed in other ways. In order to ensure you are getting the best Gynecomastia treatment in Bangalore, consult our professionals at Columbia Asia Hospital today.