Gynecomastia is a medical condition where men develop soft, fleshy breast tissue. It is not known to cause any health concerns or dangers, however. The “man boobs” usually develop in adolescence, but could happen in adulthood as well. This extra growth happens for unknown reasons in most men. It was originally thought that most of gynecomastia cases were genetic or the cause of a hormonal imbalance. These are still true, but there are other reasons that can add to the growth of male breasts, such as:
• Anabolic steroid use.
• Excessive weight gain.
• Use and abuse of marijuana.
• Recreational drug use.
• Some prescription medicines.
• Tumors in the pituitary gland.
• Some herbal supplements.
• Alcohol abuse.
• Different medical diseases.
• Feminizing testicular tumors.
Although it is non-threatening to your health, the growth of this tissue can be reversed. The appearances of these growths bother many men, which prompts them to seek out surgical correction. Gynecomastia surgery is the surgical removal of extra breast tissue in men.
Usually gynecomastia surgery is permanent. However, depending upon what caused the condition in the first place, it is possible for the extra tissue to regenerate. For example, if the original enlargement was from marijuana or other drug use, and you continue to participate, you likely will have some limited recurrence. Still, since the fat and breast tissue is taken out, it is very unlikely that the man boobs will grow back completely, leaving you with a flat chest.
Most of the surgical results to remove the extra breast tissue are long lasting with no return, leaving many men satisfied with the results. If you want the best success with your new chest, it is best to lead a healthy lifestyle, with the proper nutritional habits and regular exercise. Even if there is minor regrowth, you’ll never go back to your original size from before the surgery if you take care of your body.
Ask our doctor directly about any questions that you have. He can discuss all your concerns and help you in making your decision.