Don’t Be Afraid to Take Off Your Shirt, Guys

Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Cleveland, OHWhen you live this close to a huge body of water like Lake Erie, the water’s a part of life. So, for men it’s a crime to worry about taking your shirt off because you have larger than normal breasts. Most people just assume the larger breasts are simply due to weight gain. But in about half the cases men with this condition have what is known as male breast enlargement, clinically known as gynecomastia.  It’s a condition that can really impact a man’s self-esteem, making him avoid things like going to the beach or turning down waterskiing invitations.

Dr. Fedele can address the condition with male breast reduction.

What leads to gynecomastia?

For adults, the causes behind enlarged male breasts are not well understood. The condition in teenagers, however, is due to raging testosterone and estrogen levels. That’s why up to 70 percent of teens have enlarged breasts to some degree. But in teens, the condition usually corrects itself when puberty ends.

In adults, middle-aged and older men can also develop enlarged breasts due to hormone changes that come with aging. But more often gynecomastia comes from taking certain medications. These are the medications known to have a link to gynecomastia:

  • Antibiotics
  • Heartburn treatment drugs
  • Anti-anxiety drugs
  • Steroids
  • Tricyclic antidepressants
  • AIDS treatment drugs

Heavy drinking and smoking marijuana can also lead to gynecomastia.

Breast reduction surgery

Men with gynecomastia have a firm, rubbery mass underneath the nipple area. The size of this mass is around 1.5 inches across and it may be sensitive to the touch.

If surgery is required, small incisions are made in the armpits or around the areolae. Through those incisions, excess fat and glandular tissue are removed and excess skin is trimmed. Dr. Fedele may also include liposuction to remove fat pockets. If excess fat is the key, the patient may only need liposuction.

If you want to quit worrying about taking off your shirt due to what you think are larger than normal male breasts, call Dr. Fedele at (216) 464-1616 and come in for a consultation for male breast reduction.

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