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Gynecomastia: Causes & Treatments

What is Gynecomastia and what causes it?

Gynecomastia is swelling of the breast tissue in both boys and men. Gynecomastia is caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. More specifically a decrease in the amount of the hormone testosterone compared with estrogen. Infants, boys going through puberty, and older men can develop gynecomastia simply as a result of the normal changes occurring in hormone levels, although some other causes do exist. Gynecomastia affects one or both breasts and sometimes unevenly. In general, gynecomastia is not a serious condition but the embarrassment or pain in their breasts might be challenging to cope with.

Signs and symptoms of gynecomastia include:

  • Swollen breast gland tissue
  • Breast tenderness

See your doctor if you have:

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Nipple discharge

Those at greatest risk of developing gynecomastia:

  • Adolescence
  • Older age
  • Use of anabolic steroids or androgens to enhance athletic performance
  • Certain health conditions, including liver and kidney disease, thyroid disease, hormonally active tumors, and Klinefelter syndrome

Gynecomastia Treatment

Gynecomastia may go away on its own. However, if it persists, medication or surgery may be necessary.  We perform VASER Lipo for certain patients with this condition.  It is a ultrasound that we use under the skin to emulsify or melt the fat.  It is an outpatient procedure that takes just a couple of hours to do, and no general anesthesia.  Generally most patients are back to work in 2 days and back to the gym for light workouts in 2 weeks. Other patients may need surgical removal of the tissue if it is too fibrous for liposuction. Your physician will be able to help you make the correct choice for your condition.

Gynecomastia Treatment Memphis - Before and After

Gynecomastia Treatment Memphis – Before and After

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