Three Common Misconceptions About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the condition in which breast tissue develops in males. Despite its widespread prevalence, there are plenty of misconceptions about the condition. If gynecomastia is causing you distress, learn the facts and discover how male breast reduction surgery can treat it.

  • Gynecomastia Is the Same as Fat

Many think that the presence of fat on the chest is a sign of gynecomastia; however, the condition relates only to breast tissue. Though typical male breast reduction surgery may be accompanied by liposuction, removing some fat in the region, the primary focus of treatment is on the breast tissue.

Breast tissue feels entirely different than fat tissue, with fat feeling soft to the touch and breast tissue feeling firmer.

  • It Only Happens During Puberty

While puberty may be a cause of gynecomastia, any hormonal disruptions can lead to it. Causes of gynecomastia are varied and may include certain medications and treatments, recreational drugs, health conditions like thyroid issues or tumors, and even malnutrition.

  • Gynecomastia Will Go Away on Its Own

Though gynecomastia caused by puberty may resolve on its own, there are instances in which the condition can persist well into adulthood.

Once in adulthood, the prevalence of gynecomastia increases in the male population, with a National Institutes of Health estimate being 65 percent for men between the ages of 27 and 92.

If the underlying cause of gynecomastia is not addressed, the breast tissue will not resolve. Even after the cause has been remedied, breast tissue may remain. The best way to get rid of male breast tissue is through a male breast reduction.

Find Male Breast Reduction Treatment In Oxon Hill, MD

If gynecomastia is causing you distress and affecting your self-esteem, make sure to work with a plastic surgeon who is both caring and capable.

At Bella Cosmetic Surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Chiaramonte has over 20 years of delivering personalized, results-driven care to those in the Washington D.C., Arlington, Fort Washington, Maryland, and Virginia areas.

To learn how he and his team can help you with gynecomastia and other conditions, call 301-567-6767 to schedule an appointment.

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