Man boobs, (also known as gynecomastia) affect up to half of all American men during some phase of life. Gynecomastia is not dangerous to a man’s physical health, but the condition usually causes the sufferer a lot of embarrassment and self-confidence issues.
Men with gynecomastia are often uncomfortable wearing tight clothing or exposing their chests, and often try to hide the problem. Gynecomastia can occur during several phases of life, including adolescence.
If you are a teenager with gynecomastia or a parent whose child is struggling, you may be wondering: is it possible to grow out of man boobs?
The Good News
Gynecomastia is triggered by hormone shifts in the body, resulting in excess estrogen. Puberty causes huge shifts in hormone levels, and oftentimes this results in the development of breast tissue.
Fortunately, these natural shifts in hormone levels often produce symptoms of gynecomastia that young men do grow out of. Most adolescent cases of gynecomastia resolve themselves within two years.
Symptoms of gynecomastia can also be apparent due to excess body fat (which will also be apparent in the chest), a problem known as pseudogynecomastia. Because this issue is not caused by hormonal fluctuations, pseudogynecomastia can usually be resolved with diet and exercise.
The Bad News
Unfortunately, while most cases of adolescent gynecomastia resolve themselves over time, a small percentage do not. If you or your child has used steroids, marijuana, or certain prescription drugs and has enlarged male breasts, you should know that there is a strong link between the condition and these substances.
Unfortunately, most gynecomastia triggered by drugs will not go away on its own. Cases of adolescent gynecomastia that do not resolve themselves within two years are unlikely to improve given more time.
If you are a teenager or man suffering from gynecomastia that won’t go away on its own, then you should know about the most effective treatment option available for gynecomastia: male breast reduction surgery. Pills, creams, and supplements are ineffective for treating gynecomastia and are a waste of money.
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