Enlarged Male Breasts (Gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia is a condition where male breast tissue enlarges. It can affect one or both breasts and can range from a mild increase in firmness to a significant enlargement with a rounded appearance. This can be a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness for men.

Causes: The most common cause of gynecomastia is an imbalance of hormones, particularly testosterone and estrogen. In males, testosterone is responsible for development of male characteristics, while estrogen is present in smaller amounts. A decrease in testosterone or an increase in estrogen can trigger breast tissue growth. This can occur during puberty, due to certain medications, aging-related hormonal changes, or underlying medical conditions.

Treatment Options: Treatment for gynecomastia depends on the cause and severity. In some cases, no treatment is necessary, especially for adolescents where hormonal changes may resolve the issue on their own. If an underlying medical condition is causing the imbalance, treating that condition may be enough to reduce breast size. For persistent cases, medication or surgery (gynecomastia surgery) may be options to remove excess breast tissue and improve appearance.

Disclaimer: This information is for general knowledge only and shouldn’t replace professional medical advice. If you’re experiencing enlarged male breasts, consult a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.