Are you a teenage boy wondering what is going on with your growing chest? We want to tell you that it may be nothing to be concerned about. Gynecomastia, or otherwise known as breast overdevelopment in boys, is common.
Researchers are not completely sure why some boys end up developing it while others have no sign of it. However, the number of boys that do end up with it is high. Yes, even though no one you know may be admitting to it.
Why Gynecomastia Happens
It was first believed that gynecomastia was caused by an imbalance in estrogen and testosterone. Since girls have more estrogen and develop breasts during puberty, it would make sense that it would be the case for boys – some of them may just have more of the hormone.
However, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, this might not be the cause because hormone imbalances have never been detected in serum samples.
The verdict is still out on exactly what is going on, but we do know is that it’s happening. It doesn’t always mean something is wrong. It’s sometimes just an effect of puberty that doesn’t always go away on its own.
Some boys end up developing breast tissue, and despite diet and exercise, the tissue never goes away. This leads to mental anguish and diminished self-esteem and confidence. This is especially true in settings in which they have to remove their shirt such as in P.E. class or at the pool or beach. With boys already self-conscious of their changing bodies, this development can be even harder to handle.
The best way to cope with it is to know there is treatment for it. The first course of action is to make sure you’re at a healthy body weight since breasts are largely made up of fatty tissue. Reducing the amount of fat on the body may make the breasts appear less noticeable.
Sometimes, diet and exercise doesn’t work. Since there’s no way to target fat loss in the breasts, people with this condition can’t reduce their chest area. Gynecomastia usually also involves solid breast gland growth which does not go away on its own.
If you’re dealing with either of these breast issues, the next step is to see a doctor or plastic surgeon to get a diagnosis to see if gynecomastia surgery is necessary.
How We Can Help with Gynecomastia
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, we often meet with teenage boys and their parents to discuss treatment for male breast overdevelopment. While we prefer to wait until after puberty to treat the condition, we are more than happy to discuss treatment at any time.
We understand this can be quite distressing to adolescent boys, but hearing from a surgeon that it can be treated is sometimes enough to ease concerns and give them the patience to wait it out for about two years (total) to see if it resolves on its own.
We have an office in Manhattan and Commack, Long Island. Due to school and work schedules, we offer free consultations in the evenings and on Saturdays.
Let us help you cope with the distress of gynecomastia. This can be treated, so you don’t have to live with hiding your body any longer.