Gynecomastia, more commonly known as “man boobs” is a condition that affects a great many men, both temporarily and permanently.
Gynecomastia is not physically dangerous to those who suffer from the condition, but man boobs can be very embarrassing, and may foster feelings of poor self-esteem and confidence.
Unfortunately, there are many ways the condition can be triggered, as the basis for the condition is hormonal. One of these triggers can be testosterone therapy, or testosterone replacement drugs.
But why does artificial testosterone increase the risk for gynecomastia?
How Testosterone Therapy Affects Male Breast Growth
For a while, many thought that testosterone therapy to treat gynecomastia was an obvious course of action, and it makes sense in theory. Gynecomastia is, after all, caused by hormonal imbalances, which result in excessive estrogen in the male body, so it logically makes sense to even the extra estrogen out with testosterone.
Unfortunately, it was found that these treatments had the opposite effect: sometimes, testosterone replacement and steroids could actually trigger gynecomastia.
Why is this? When extra testosterone hormones are introduced, the body can sometimes convert these hormones into estrogen, which stimulates breast growth.
Unfortunately, ceasing hormone therapy or other prescription drugs that may be causing the problems cannot simply reverse an established case of gynecomastia. This is because the breast gland tissue will not recede naturally.
This is, however, the first step in treating gynecomastia, as the problem can reoccur or worsen if the drugs in question are continued. The only way to reverse established gynecomastia is through surgery with an experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
Male breast reduction surgery is fairly straightforward, but it should only be performed by a gynecomastia expert in order to prevent complications.
A Surgeon You Can Trust
Surgery is a scary prospect, but if you’re serious about getting rid of the shame and embarrassment that comes with having man boobs, then your whole experience will be improved by finding a surgeon you can trust.
Specialists are not easy to find, but our New York cosmetic and plastic surgeons are well-respected experts in male breast reduction. By choosing a reputable and experienced surgeon, you’ll reduce your risks and help promote a good outcome. For more information on male breast reduction surgery, visit our Commack, Long Island or Manhattan offices or call today to schedule your free consultation.