Middle-age male breast growth is surprisingly common, affecting between 40 and 50 percent of men. Enlargement of the breasts is common during the hormonal storm of puberty, but often comes back again during the middle and later years of life. There are several ways for a man to re-sculpt his chest to achieve a well-defined, attractive contour. Male breast reduction surgery is one option. The breast tissue and fat are permanently removed — although weight gain, steroid use, hormone disorders, or tumor development could lead to a recurrence of gynecomastia. Male breast reduction surgery is done in less than an hour, with patients returning to work in one week.
Male chest liposuction
Male chest liposuction is another option for men looking to reduce the appearance of breasts. The procedure is different from breast reduction surgery in that it only removes fat – not excess breast tissue. Liposuction removes liquefied fat through a small tube with gentle vacuum suction. Most patients get work done on a Friday and return to work on Monday.
What causes male gynecomastia?
Male breast enlargement, called “gynecomastia” in medical circles, is usually the result of low testosterone levels or hormone imbalance that naturally occurs later in life. It can also happen as a side effect of drugs like anti-ulcer medication, anti-depressants, steroids, and recreational drugs like marijuana or amphetamines. Hormone therapies for prostate cancer and increases of body fat are common culprits.
Finally, illnesses like pituitary insufficiency, hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, liver failure, tumor development, hypogonadism, or malnutrition can also lead to breast development in men, so it’s important to have a full physical from your physician to rule out medical causes that can, if treated, resolve a man’s breast enlargement.