Gynecomastia: What You Need to Know

The medical term for male breast development, or man breasts, is gynecomastia. This is an unsightly condition that often affects men’s self-esteem. Thankfully, it can be corrected through a safe and effective operation that we perform at Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Sœurs, near Montreal. Read on to learn more about breast development in men.

What Is Gynecomastia?
A large portion of the male population will experience some degree of mammary gland development. Either one or both breasts can be affected. The problem often occurs during puberty, then resolves itself during adolescence. Surgery is only performed when the condition manifests on full-grown adults.

It is important to note that men with gynecomastia cannot correct the problem with intensive exercise or dieting. Only plastic surgery works to achieve a more masculine looking torso.

Is It Gynecomastia or Just Fat?
Some men may think they have gynecomastia when they actually only have adipomastia, which is excess fatty tissue on the breast. This condition has nothing to do with actual mammary gland development. The good news is that adipomastia can usually be corrected with weight loss by working out and making changes to the diet. If necessary, liposuction by an experienced surgeon can be considered for best results.

If you are wondering whether you have gynecomastia, you can do a self-examination of your pecs. If you feel a lump behind or under your nipple, you probably have gynecomastia. In any case, to be sure, it is better to make an appointment with a doctor who can confirm the diagnosis.

What Causes Gynecomastia?
It is hard to pinpoint the exact causes of gynecomastia. However, some factors are known to be linked to this condition, including:
  • A hormone imbalance
  • Genetic history
  • Side effects of some medicines
  • Regular use of cannabis 
  • Use of anabolic steroids

Correct Gynecomastia with Plastic Surgery: Our Specialty Near Montreal!

Would you like to know more about surgery to correct gynecomastia or man breasts? At Centre de Chirurgie Plastique de l’Île-des-Soeurs, we perform this procedure regularly in our modern facilities. To make an appointment for a consultation, contact us!

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