What Is Gynecomastia?

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Approximately 65% of middle-aged men and older suffer from gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the enlarged breast in men. The major reason behind gynecomastia is the hormonal imbalance in the human body. Sometimes there happens a severe imbalance between testosterone levels and estrogen levels which cause gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is often seen to put a negative effect on the overall looks and personality of a person. Gynecomastia is also known as the enlargement or swelling of breast tissues in men. There is a wide range of reasons behind this condition. Environmental, as well as hormonal imbalances, combine to cause this disease. Gynecomastia surgery is the best possible way to treat this condition.


Sometimes there is an enlargement in the breast tissues of men. This enlargement is because of certain environmental and hormonal factors. Sometimes gynecomastia is seen to affect one breast while sometimes both breasts are affected with gynecomastia. There is a wide range of male breast reduction surgery used for this purpose.

Causes of gynecomastia

There is a wide range of reasons behind gynecomastia. Sometimes hormonal imbalances such as an imbalance between testosterone and estrogen cause gynecomastia. Estrogen is a hormone present in females. This hormone is responsible for controlling certain traits in females. However, testosterone is a male hormone which is responsible for controlling male characteristics. Testosterone is associated with controlling certain traits in males, such as hair growth and massive body. Both these hormones are associated with controlling certain characteristics in both genders. Sometimes males are also seen to produce small levels of estrogen while females are seen to produce small levels of testosterone. When estrogen production in males rises, there develops a situation in which there is an enlargement of breasts which is known as gynecomastia.

Phases in the development of gynecomastia

Enlarged breasts in men is a global problem. Gynecomastia is an undesired condition. There are certain phases in a man’s life in which he is more likely to develop gynecomastia.

1.    Gynecomastia after birth

It is seen that children have certain levels of estrogen after their birth. When mothers give birth to their children, they get some levels of estrogen from their mother. The babies require estrogen for their development, but this estrogen is associated with enlarged breasts. This kind of gynecomastia goes on its own within three to four weeks after birth.

2.    Gynecomastia in puberty

The majority of the hormonal changes happen during the puberty phase of a person. Gynecomastia is the condition that happens primarily of the hormonal changes in males. The hormones are more likely to change in the puberty phase of a person. The majority of the men face gynecomastia during the puberty phase. This type of gynecomastia goes after a couple of years or sometimes after six months after puberty.

3.    Gynecomastia in mid-life

This type of gynecomastia is seen in the men of years, ranging from 50-80 years of age. Every one man out of four is seen having gynecomastia. People of this age are seen to have enlarged breasts or swollen breast tissues.

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