Gynecomastia Is Common Amongst Today’s Children
By Coastal Cosmetic | Aug 01, 2019 | Blog, Men Procedures
Puberty can be a confusing period in a teen’s life, especially when experiencing the changes that occur in the body. Growing a few inches overnight or hair sprouting from previously sparse areas can be the least of a teen’s problems if they begin to develop gynecomastia, which is a condition that is all too common in children today. Gynecomastia can quickly add to the struggles of puberty, as it can be a source of self-consciousness and in some cases, teasing or bullying. Despite its prevalence, this condition leaves a lot of unanswered questions for children experiencing it and their parents.
What Is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that results in the enlargement of breast tissue in males. In adolescent boys, the condition is quite common and can be caused by a hormone imbalance during puberty. Boys usually make larger amounts of the hormone testosterone, while girls make larger amounts of the hormone estrogen to guide their sexual development. During puberty, if there is a higher percentage of estrogen present, it can cause male breast tissue to swell. Although gynecomastia may be embarrassing for those experiencing it, the condition is quite common with about half of adolescent boys having it to some degree. Although it is entirely normal, there is a surgical solution to gynecomastia.
Male breast reduction is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. During the procedure, a surgeon removes excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a firmer, flatter, and more masculine contour to the chest. In more severe instances of gynecomastia, the weight of the breast may cause the areola to overstretch. In these cases, the position and size of the areola can be improved during the procedure.
Contact Coastal Cosmetic Center
There is no need for your child to feel uncomfortable in their changing body. If you are interested in learning more about male gynecomastia surgery, contact us at our Southpoint location. We see patients in the neighboring cities of Jacksonville and Fleming Island.