Gynecomastia is a very common problem among men. The condition involves the temporary or permanent development of feminine looking breast tissue that can be very damaging to self-esteem and confidence.
Up to 50% of men will suffer from the condition at some point in their lives, and most of these cases occur during specific life phases: adolescence, old age, and…in newborns.
Babies and Gynecomastia
You might be surprised to learn that newborn boys are susceptible to gynecomastia, but it makes sense once you understand what causes the condition.
Increased estrogen levels in the male body trigger gynecomastia. This estrogen causes breast growth, and can occur when various factors cause a hormonal imbalance.
Gynecomastia can occur in newborns when estrogen from the mother’s body is transferred to the baby, usually remaining for a few weeks.
Will it Go Away?
You have a lot to worry about as a new parent. Gynecomastia in your baby boy, however, should not be one of your concerns. Newborn breast enlargement disappears, generally in just a few weeks.
You should not be worried about the problem causing trouble in the future. Just focus on your baby’s health and wait for the problem to subside. A visit to the pediatrician may be a good idea to give you advice and peace of mind as well.
Gynecomastia typically does not become a permanent problem unless a teen or adult man triggers the condition due to age-related hormonal fluctuations, by using certain medications, having a family history of gynecomastia, or by using steroids or drugs such as marijuana or heroine.
Have Gynecomastia as an Adult?
If you have been struggling with gynecomastia for a long time and you are above the age of 18, the problem may not go away on its own. The only effective treatment for established gynecomastia currently available is surgery with a specialist. The procedure is safe and effective when performed by a qualified and experienced cosmetic or plastic surgeon.
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