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Aging comes with enough problems: wrinkles, sagging skin, weight gain–the list goes on. Unfortunately, many older men also experience another side effect of aging–one that may be unexpected.

Gynecomastia, also known as “man boobs” or enlarged male breasts, is more common time during the aging process. But why does this happen?

The Three Main Life Phases for Gynecomastia

The most common times for men to develop gynecomastia are during infancy, puberty, and old age. This is due to the hormonal nature of gynecomastia.

Breast growth is associated with excessive estrogen levels in the male body, and can be temporary or permanent.

Young people with gynecomastia typically experience the problem for no more than two years before hormone levels settle to their normal adult levels, at which point the gynecomastia subsides. This is not so for older men who develop the condition, unfortunately.

As a man ages, his testosterone levels drop, which can trigger breast growth that will not subside on its own. According to the Mayo Clinic, this occurs in about one in four men between the ages of 50 and 80.

What to Do About Age-Related Gynecomastia

Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of treatment options for gynecomastia. Once breast tissue is established, it cannot be resolved through diet, exercise, medication, pills, or creams. The only effective method for getting rid of man boobs currently is through male breast reduction surgery with a qualified plastic or cosmetic surgeon.

The procedure involves laser liposuction to remove unwanted fat from the chest area, as well as removal of breast gland tissue. Most men are very happy with the results of the surgery, but it is not an appropriate treatment for everyone. Only a qualified surgeon can assess individual candidacy.

Finding a Specialist

If you’re frustrated with how your man boobs look and make you feel, you owe it to yourself to look into treatment. Our gynecomastia surgery specialists are located in New York and have successfully treated men with gynecomastia from all backgrounds.

To schedule your free consultation, call our AAAHC accredited surgical & appointment center in Commack, Long Island or our Manhattan appointment center today.