The Primary Causes of Gynecomastia

Published on November 15, 2016

The enlargement of the male breasts due to an excess of glandular tissue or fatty tissue is known as gynecomastia. Gynecomastia affects 30% to 60% percent of males and can have a massive impact on self-confidence and comfort in social situations.

The primary cause of gynecomastia is an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. This imbalance can cause glandular tissue and fat to accumulate in the male breasts. Puberty is typically when gynecomastia will become prevalent.

If you are experiencing gynecomastia later in life, it could be a result of several factors, including certain steroids, excessive alcohol consumption, chronic diseases that affect the body’s hormones, and tumors growing in the areas like the testicles, brain, or adrenal gland.

If gynecomastia is affecting your quality of life and you would like to know your options for treating it, contact us to schedule an appointment. Dr. Keith Jeffords is a board-certified plastic surgeon who strives to help all of his clients achieve their ideal image.

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