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Enlarged male breasts or gynecomastia sometimes isn’t your fault. The causes range from weight gain to serious medical conditions. Understanding the reasons your breasts have grown can help you seek the right treatment.

Klinefelter’s Syndrome

Klinefelter’s syndrome is a genetic disorder. It often presents itself after trauma, infection, reduced blood flow, or can be a part of the aging process. It causes a reduced production of the sex hormone testosterone. This then leads to less body and facial hair, low muscle mass, and increased breast tissue.

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer can secrete hormones that cause the male breasts to enlarge. If you notice redness, nipple discharge, or dimpling of the skin, see a doctor right away, as these could be warning signs of male breast cancer (MBC).

Chronic Renal Failure

Chronic renal failure or kidney disease can be a silent killer. When someone has this disease, the body isn’t able to remove waste and excess water from the body.

Many people don’t realize they have this condition until they are already in the end stage of renal disease. They usually need dialysis or a kidney transplant at this point.

What are some symptoms of this disease? Gynecomastia, along with nausea, itching, headaches, fatigue, appetite loss, and weight loss.


Hormones play a big role in the enlargement of male breasts. Hyperthyroidism happens when the thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine, a hormone that can speed up the metabolism, increase heartbeat and cause sweating, nervousness and irritability.

Why It’s Important to Search for the Cause

Many people do not know they are suffering from a serious medical condition until they seek help from their medical professional until the outward signs begin to show: enlarged breasts.

It’s sometimes not until medical tests are performed that the reason for the growing male breasts is discovered. The good news is that once the condition is stabilized, it is possible to stop the development of gynecomastia.

Men can have excess breast tissue removed permanently with surgery. All that’s needed are oral painkillers and IV sedation. Local anesthesia is also used to make the surgery as comfortable as possible.

The fatty tissue in the breasts is removed with tumescent laser liposuction. Recovery varies depending on the patient, but by two weeks, most men no longer need the compression garments. Regular workouts can usually be resumed in about 4 weeks.

Schedule a Complimentary Consultation for Gynecomastia Surgery

Don’t deal with the leftover physical side effects of a medical condition. Male breast reduction surgery can give you that flat, tight chest you wish you could have right now.

Schedule a complimentary consultation with the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team at our Commack, Long Island or Manhattan office by calling Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York  – (631) 499-1831 or (212) 206-0023.

*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.