Gynecomastia is an extremely common issue affecting male of all ages. This is because the problem is hormonal in nature, and there are many potential triggers that change hormone levels throughout a man’s lifetime.
Gynecomastia is caused by higher than average levels of estrogen in the male body, and depending on the circumstances, this breast growth can be permanent.
Here’s how gynecomastia can be linked to low testosterone.
The Low-T Link
There are a number of issues and conditions that can contribute to low testosterone levels, such as weight gain, hypogonadism, liver failure (which inhibits metabolic breakdown of estrogen), and steroid use.
When testosterone decreases, but estrogen levels remain the same or become elevated, gynecomastia is a common side effect.
Typically, normal hormone fluctuations during adolescence can cause gynecomastia that resolves itself, but in other cases (such as during adulthood), gynecomastia is unlikely to go away on its own.
The best way to deal with gynecomastia is to prevent it in the first place. Most cases of established gynecomastia are permanent and need surgical intervention, so it’s best to head off potential issues if possible.
Keeping an eye on your overall health and keeping track of medication side effects. Many prescription medicines can affect the estrogen/testosterone balance.
Lifestyle is also key. Excessive drinking, illegal drug use (methamphetamines or heroine), marijuana use, anabolic steroids, and even weight gain can all lead to either gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia.
While it might sound logical to start testosterone therapy at the first sign of gynecomastia, this is actually not an effective solution. In fact, studies have shown that testosterone therapy can actually induce or aggravate gynecomastia.
The only proven solution currently available is surgery with a qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
Male breast reduction surgery is a very safe procedure that typically produces great results when performed by a skilled specialist, but it is not right for everyone. Only a gynecomastia surgeon can determine individual candidacy.
Finding the Best Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon
If you think your gynecomastia isn’t going to go away on its own, then it may be time to seek surgical treatment. Our highly qualified New York gynecomastia experts have helped many patients achieve a more masculine chest contour and regain their self-esteem.
If you’d like to schedule a private, complimentary consultation, call our Manhattan or Long Island locations today.
To Your Health and Vitality,
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team