In some men, man boobs may be what is called pseudogynecomastia. This condition, which is just as disturbing to the patient as true gynecomastia, is caused by the expansion of fat cells in the breast area. Pseudogynecomastia is a condition that the obese patient experiences and, in most cases, breast tissue will decrease as the patient enters into his ideal weight range.
When a patient suffers from man boobs and is carrying a good deal of extra weight, the first recommendation is usually to make lifestyle and dietary changes that will lead to weight loss. Once this has been accomplished, the patient and doctor will be better able to determine if gynecomastia will completely disappear or if intervention is needed.
When a patient comes to visit our gynecomastia NYC & Long Island practices, his concern is the elimination of man boobs. On the other hand, it is important to follow the trail of medical history to determine an underlying cause. This condition begins after changes occur in the balance of testosterone and estrogen.
What the doctor tries to figure out is the cause of this imbalance. Because gynecomastia has been treated for some time now, there are certain common factors that have been discovered.
Hormones Play a Key Role in Whether or Not Gynecomastia Occurs
Every person has a certain amount of both estrogen and testosterone. These hormones regulate the development and maintenance of inherent sex characteristics of men and women. While testosterone is the predominant male hormone that controls traits like body hair and muscle mass, estrogen is predominantly a female hormone that impacts womanly traits like the development of breasts. When a man experiences a situation in which estrogen overtakes testosterone in terms of production, the result can be gynecomastia.
There are various times in a male’s life when gynecomastia is likely. It has been reported that over 50 percent of male infants are born with breasts that are slightly puffy. This is due to estrogen from the mother reaching her unborn child. Within a few weeks after birth, this form of gynecomastia typically disappears.
During puberty, when hormones begin to change, they again tend to fluctuate. As the adolescent male goes through these changes, his breasts may puff and swell. Adolescent gynecomastia may last from six months to three years. Should the condition last longer than two years, the patient may want to visit our male breast reduction Long Island practice for intervention and correction so that a normal social life and full confidence may be experienced.
Between the ages of fifty and eighty years old, men also have a higher likelihood of experiencing gynecomastia, as hormones are once again fluctuating in this time of life. It has been reported that one out of every four men in this age group will develop man boobs.
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