Excessive male breast tissue growth is a condition called gynecomastia. The resulting appearance of the breasts is usually a problem for men, causing self esteem and confidence issues, but it can be corrected by a surgical procedure.
What is gynecomastia ?
Overgrowth of the mammary gland affects a large percentage of the male population at different degrees. The condition can affect one or two breasts and develop at puberty, but it usually resolves during adolescence. This is why surgery is usually performed on adults.
It is worth mentioning that men with gynecomastia cannot fix the issue by exercising or dieting, only surgery can restore the masculine appearance of the torso.
How can you tell it is gynecomastia rather than excess fat ?
Certain men thinking they have gynecomastia actually only have adipomastia, which is excess fat tissue and has nothing to do with glandular tissue growth. The good news is that adipomastia can usually be resolved by losing weight, exercising and a healthier diet. If these methods do not work, liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from the breasts region.
Men wondering if they are affected by an overgrowth of their mammary gland can perform a self examination of their pectorals. If a lump can be felt behind the nipples, it is probably gynecomastia. In any case, it is preferable to have this checked by a doctor to confirm.
What causes gynecomastia ?
The causes of this condition are hard to determine with precision, but multiple factors are known to increase the risk of gynecomastia :
- Hormone imbalances
- A genetic particularity
- Side effects of certain medications
- Certain drugs and anabolic steroids use