According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, approximately 65% of male breast disorders is secondary to gynecomastia. Majority of boys would develop some form of gynecomastia during puberty. This normally subsides as boys get older approaching their twenties. Gynecomastia may be secondary to heavy marijuana use or may be due to anabolic steroids usage by weightlifters. Endocrine disorders/tumors, testicular tumors, and several prescription drugs (such as anti-depressants and blood pressure medications) may also cause gynecomastia.
Before & After Photos (1 day after surgery) of Gynecomastia Surgery/Male Breast Reduction performed by Emmanuel De La Cruz MD, PLLC
Humiliation, shame and insecurity are some of the psychological trauma that men with gynecomastia experience. Gynecomastia can be embarassing that it can make men be reluctant from removing their shirts off at the beach. It can also make men who are only a few pounds overweight to look heavier than they really are.
Fortunately, there are a few options of treating gynecomastia in adult men which can range from liposuction to surgical excision. Gynecomastia in children may require a more thorough workup, such as a testicular exam and possibly an ultrasound, to rule out a testicular tumor. I recommend consulting your local plastic surgeon about gynecomastia. One of your Houston plastic surgeons will determine the best procedure to correct gynecomastia that would be appropriate to your body habitus and breast anatomy.