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Gynecomastia: How It Affects Men and Boys

More commonly known as “male breasts,” gynecomastia is a condition that causes overdeveloped or enlarged breast tissue in men and boys. Many factors can cause gynecomastia, but often hormonal imbalances, specifically an estrogen influx, are to blame.

Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Gabrielle B. Davis creates natural-looking results to help increase your confidence by enhancing the masculine appearance of your chest.

Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia treatment, also known as reduction mammaplasty, is minimally invasive surgery. The procedure reduces overdeveloped or enlarged breasts, flattening the chest and producing a more masculine contour.

In most cases, ultrasonic or traditional liposuction are adequate treatments. More severe cases of gynecomastia may require skin or glandular tissue excision. This treatment is achieved by creating incisions like those of a female breast reduction. The nipples and areolas can be repositioned or reshaped to further create a more masculine appearance.

Gynecomastia Causes

Hormonal Changes

During puberty, hormones can change significantly, creating an imbalance. Typically, imbalances are corrected as hormone levels stabilize.

Many men also experience hormonal changes again as they age, typically in their 50s or 60s. These hormonal imbalances make it difficult to lose or maintain weight.

Weight Fluctuation

Obesity and significant weight gain can accumulate fat in unexpected locations, like the breasts. The embarrassment and stress of male breasts can sometimes lead to further weight gain, compounding the issue.


Drugs like anabolic steroids, marijuana, or certain prescription medications can trigger hormone imbalances, subsequently causing gynecomastia.

Cancer and Other Medical Conditions

Certain cancers, such as testicular or lung cancer, or serious medical conditions, like kidney disease or cirrhosis, can cause the body to overproduce estrogen, enlarging the breasts.

How Does Gynecomastia Affect Men and Boys?

Gynecomastia often develops when hormones fluctuate. For some men, gynecomastia will resolve itself after puberty when hormone levels stabilize.  However, some men may not notice any changes to their chest size following puberty.

These hormones may also cause mood swings or affect other aspects of the breasts, including:

  • Breast sensitivity
  • Swollen nipples
  • Enlarged areolas
  • Small lumps under the nipple

In cases of gynecomastia that are not hormone-related, the breasts may become smaller over time.

No matter the cause, gynecomastia can hinder self-confidence, cause emotional strain or embarrassment, especially when participating in physical activities or engaging in intimacy. Gynecomastia surgery can help restore your confidence and masculine self-image.

Do I Need Gynecomastia Correction Surgery?

While essential for your excellent overall health, diet and exercise alone may not address the root causes of gynecomastia.

Candidates for gynecomastia surgery in Beverly Hills should:

  • Be in good overall health with no hormonal issues
  • Be non-smokers or willing to quit before surgery
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Understand the risks of the procedure

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