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If you’re a man suffering from male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), then you might assume that the condition is very rare. While misery may love company, it is unfortunate that so many men struggle with “man boobs” at some point during their lives.

In fact, studies have shown that up to half of all men will experience gynecomastia at some point during their lives. The good news? You’re not alone. There is effective treatment available with a qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon.

The bad news? If you don’t have gynecomastia or you’re afraid you’re going to someday develop man boobs, the problem is more common than you may have originally thought.

But why do so many men get enlarged breasts? Here are answers to that frequently asked question.

Different Life Stages

Various life stages bring about big changes in the body, and hormonal changes are the root cause of gynecomastia. Because of this, normal changes involved with puberty and aging can contribute to the development of male breasts.

Adolescents typically only experience temporary (for up to two years) breast enlargement, while drops in testosterone levels for older men can mean permanent changes to chest contour.

A Myriad of Causes

Other than gynecomastia caused by normal hormonal imbalances, other substances and conditions that disrupt normal hormone levels can also trigger the condition.

The most common cause is prescription medications and drugs like steroids or marijuana. Even alcohol abuse and weight gain can affect the development of breasts in men.

In rare cases, certain diseases and conditions can trigger gynecomastia, so it’s important to speak with a doctor about persistent gynecomastia, even if cosmetic treatment will not be pursued.

Gynecomastia Treatment

Currently, there is only one method for effective and permanent male breast reduction: surgery. Liposuction is used to remove excess fat in the chest area.

For excess breast tissue, it is excised through small incisions to improve chest contour and make the area appear more masculine. A qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon must perform this treatment for best results.

Choosing a Qualified New York Plastic or Cosmetic Surgeon

Since plastic surgery is a serious endeavor, it is essential to choose a qualified provider to perform your operation.

Gynecomastia surgery is a growing segment of the plastic surgery cases done each year, but finding a specialist can still be tricky. If you are in the New York area, however, our gynecomastia experts are standing by to help you.

Improve your chest contour and your confidence with male breast reduction surgery. We offer double board certified plastic surgeons as well as highly-qualified cosmetic surgeons that are available for complimentary consultations at our New York, NY and Commack, Long Island facilities.

Call either location today to schedule your appointment at (212) 206-0023 or (631) 499-1831.