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Gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) occurs in about half of all men at some point during their lifetime, and when you think about the number of factors that can affect the development of “man boobs”, it’s not surprising.

Breast growth in men is caused by changes in hormones, which can be triggered by many different sources, including age, prescription or illegal drugs, and more.

What Are Parabens?

Parabens are a type of preservative that have been used for years in beauty products and processed goods. Manufacturers want their products to have a long shelf life, and parabens do a great job of keeping toiletries and food from going bad.

However, after years of use, evidence is finally beginning to emerge that reveals a dark side of parabens.

Can Parabens Trigger Gynecomastia?

Parabens can have the effect of mimicking estrogen in the body, which can, in turn, trigger breast growth. Although no additional estrogen is present in the body, parabens have been known to “trick” the body into thinking that there is.

While parabens can have an effect on gynecomastia, however, it is still unclear as to how much of a role the preservatives actually play as far as cause and effect are concerned.

What You Can Do

If you’re worried about parabens, one of the easiest steps you can take is to start using all-natural toiletries. These are far less likely to contain dangerous chemicals like parabens. Always read the labels, however!

Be vigilant with your label reading, as there are many different types of parabens used. In addition, you should have a working knowledge of the list of ingredients before you purchase any personal care products. All paraben compounds will be listed as ending in “paraben”, so they are relatively easy to spot.

Parabens in food are more difficult to avoid, but you can help reduce your exposure by choosing whole foods and reducing the amount of processed food (such as cured meats and packaged pastries) you consume.

How to Treat Gynecomastia

If you are struggling with established gynecomastia, your only choice for relief is surgery with a qualified plastic surgeon. Unfortunately, pills and creams are ineffective at treating man boobs, making gynecomastia treatment the only permanent option.

Male breast reduction surgery involves gentle liposuction of the chest combined with excision of excess breast gland tissue. In more extreme cases, nipple reduction, a breast lift, or other breast tissue adjustments can be made to restore a normal appearance.

Choosing a Cosmetic or Plastic Surgeon in Manhattan or Long Island

You should only consult with expert surgeons if you are considering gynecomastia surgery, as you don’t want to end up with poor results, complications, or an undesirable appearance.

Our team of gynecomastia surgeons in New York, NY and Commack are extremely qualified. They have many years of experience under their belt.

Call today to schedule your free consultation at (212) 206-0023 or (631) 499-1831.