One of the hallmarks of masculinity is a toned or flat chest. Unfortunately, up to 65% of men will struggle with gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) at some point in their lives. While these changes are temporary for some, others continue to experience painful symptoms and embarrassment caused by “man boobs.” Our board-certified plastic surgeons at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery in Cleveland, Ohio, offer male breast reduction.
Risk Factors and Symptoms of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is caused by extra glandular (breast) tissue. When men have excess fat in the breast area, it’s called pseudo-gynecomastia. Diet and exercise may reduce fat but will not alter glandular tissue, which is why gynecomastia often requires surgical treatment. Gynecomastia is usually caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone hormones and may affect the breasts unevenly.
Symptoms of enlarged male breasts may begin with small fatty tissue or a lump under the nipple area that feels sore. That lump swells bigger and starts causing breast pain and tenderness. Many men experience nipple sensitivity that worsens when the nipples rub against their clothing. Speak with a physician if you have swelling and tenderness accompanied by nipple discharge.
Gynecomastia occurs when testosterone decreases in relation to estrogen levels, and teen boys and older men are most at risk. However, anabolic steroids and health conditions such as thyroid disease, liver or kidney disease, certain tumors, and Klinefelter syndrome (males born with an extra X chromosome) also increase gynecomastia risk. Alcohol and drug use, including marijuana, can lead to enlarged male breasts.
Signs You May Need Male Breast Reduction
Enlarged male breasts don’t go away for all men, and living with “man boobs” can affect their psychological well-being. Male breast reduction may be right for you if you have excess breast tissue that is soft or firm and affects your comfort level and how your clothing fits. Your breasts may be uneven and cause constant pain or pain that spikes when you touch your chest. Soreness, redness, and swelling are additional signs that gynecomastia surgery is necessary.
You’re not alone; gynecomastia affects 50-65% of boys and men around the world. A board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in male breast reduction can improve your chest contour and eliminate painful or embarrassing symptoms.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark A. Foglietti or Dr. Alanna Foglietti Fostyk in Beachwood, Ohio, to see if male breast reduction for gynecomastia is right for you. Contact Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery at (216) 292-6800.