A case of gynecomastia may sometimes go away on its own, but it all depends on a variety of factors. These include the patient’s age, the severity of the case, and the root cause. Working with a doctor will help to determine what is causing the condition in each individual.
Causes of Gynecomastia
Teenage boys may experience overdeveloped or enlarged breasts during puberty. Even though they find it extremely embarrassing, it is not their fault in any way. Occurrences of this condition during puberty are typically caused by hormonal imbalance.
Usually, the condition will resolve itself within one or two years on its own. When it doesn’t, a teen should see his doctor or pediatrician every few months to monitor the situation. For severe cases, correction surgery may be required to rectify the extra fat and skin in the breasts.
In adult men, there are many possible causes such as heredity, hormonal changes, obesity, or certain prescription and illicit drug use. It may even be caused by an underlying condition, such as tumors, kidney failure, malnutrition, or liver failure. In most cases, treatment will make the condition go away on its own, but for chronic cases that never fully resolve surgery may be necessary to fix the problem.
How It’s Diagnosed
This condition is marked by:
- Excess breast skin (depending on severity)
- Excess localized fat (cup size)
- Presence of unilateral or bilateral asymmetry (unevenness)
- Excess development of glandular tissue (under the nipple area)
A complete physical is essential to identify any serious medical problems causing the condition. A doctor must first treat all underlying medical issues before any plans can be made to cosmetically address enlarged breasts.
Emotional Damage and Pain
Gynecomastia can have detrimental emotional effects on young men and adult men alike who suffer from it. Self-confidence, self-esteem, emotional discomfort, and depression are just some of the results seen in individuals dealing with this condition.
In fact, many men avoid intimacy, certain physical activities, and clothing they used to wear in order to hide their chest from others.
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