How Alcohol Can Cause Gynecomastia

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If you or someone you know has had a problem with alcohol abuse, you may have noticed enlarged male breasts. This is a common side effect of alcohol abuse.

Understanding all of the effects from alcohol abuse can sometimes motivate someone to finally seek the help they need.

The Effects of Alcohol Abuse on the Body

Drinking large amounts of alcohol over a long period of time damages the body in many ways. Specifically, it depresses the function of the heart, liver, and pancreas. Due to these effects, the body begins to compensate by releasing different hormones.

For men, this means they start to lose testosterone and produce more estrogen. Too much estrogen in a man’s body can lean to enlarged male breasts, or gynecomastia.

Getting help with alcohol abuse can literally save someone’s life. After decreasing or stopping excess alcohol intake, the alcoholic’s body will start to return to normal. The heart, liver, and pancreas begin to repair themselves, so long as there hasn’t been irreparable damage already (such as cirrhosis of the liver).

As far as gynecomastia, some men aren’t able to reduce their enlarged breasts after discontinuing their alcohol intake. That’s where gynecomastia surgery can help.

Gynecomastia surgery reduces the breast size in several ways, targeting both fatty tissue and breast glands. By removing these enlarged areas of the breasts, men can once again have a tight, flat chest following surgery. This can come as a huge relief after suffering with this embarrassing condition.

What’s important to know is that alcohol use has to be reduced or stopped on order for surgery results to last. If not, gynecomastia can easily come back.

Learn More About Gynecomastia Surgery

If you or someone you love has made the decision to get help for alcohol addiction, first off, let me say, “Congratulations and I wish you all the best for success and healthy living.” Gynecomastia might be one of the many motivating factors they need to get help and treatment.

To learn more about gynecomastia related to excess alcohol and how surgery can reduce the size of enlarged male breasts, turn to Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York.

Our highly-qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeons specialize in this procedure, so they can give you the effective treatment you need. Contact us at our Manhattan or Commack, Long Island offices today. We offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose!

Plastic surgery financing is available through CareCredit and other companies for patients that qualify. Get pre-qualified right in our office or online by visiting the “Pricing” tab at the top of our website.

*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health related concerns and before starting a new diet or exercise program.