Cutting Down Extra Fat Caused by Gynecomastia

Cutting Down Extra Fat Caused by Gynecomastia

When the time comes for a boy to become a man, their bodies try to cope their maturation by growing alongside them. During puberty the body goes through all sorts of changes caused by hormones such as an increase in height or a deeper voice. However, not all the bodily changes we experience are good, an example of which is gynecomastia. Typically, this would usually go away when hormone levels settle down to a more stable level but if you happen to still experience this, consider some gynecomastia treatment Melbourne especially if you are self-conscious about it.

What is Gynecomastia and What Causes It?

Gynecomastia is a scientific term for what is otherwise known as “man boobs”. As the name implies, it is a bodily condition where the breast tissue of men is overdeveloped causing it to become larger and even uneven. It usually occurs on the onset of puberty as a reaction caused by the rising hormones in the body. It is typically an indicator of an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone which are respectively the female and male hormones responsible for sexual development and maturation. It can happen to one or both breast tissue.

The condition can happen throughout the lives of men when there are any hormonal imbalances. It is more likely to occur in different stages during their development which are:

  • Infant Stage – This is caused by the mother’s estrogen 
  • Puberty – The sudden increase and influx of hormones during maturation is the most common reason why gynecomastia is experienced
  • Late Adulthood – Around the age of 50 and higher, there is a drop in hormones in the body as it slowly reaches its limit. Similar to puberty, the drop in hormone can lead to gynecomastia.

Health Implications of Gynecomastia 

While gynecomastia is normally just physical change as a reaction to hormone changes, it can also serve as side effect from different medical conditions. As the primary cause of the onset for gynecomastia is hormone changes.

Medication such as antibiotics, antidepressants, ulcer and prostate cancer medicine can cause gynecomastia as a side effect and would usually go away when the medication is no longer taken into the body. Furthermore, contrabands such as steroid, heroin and marijuana can also cause gynecomastia. 

On the other hand, it can be a side effect caused by these following medical conditions:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Obesity
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Tumor on the Pituitary Gland

Treatment to Gynecomastia

While most cases of gynecomastia wouldn’t require medical intervention, in other cases it can be treated with the use of raloxifene and tamoxifen. These two are FDA approved medication for breast cancer. It should be noted that it is primarily used to treat breast cancer and may not be effective on gynecomastia. Consider setting an appointment to a doctor if you want to be sure.

There are also cosmetic surgical options you can undergo which are generally safer and can treat the problem with immediate results. Liposuction for the chest can be used to remove excess fat from the body. A mastectomy is also a possible treatment as it involves surgically removing the breast gland tissue. Both procedures when used for gynecomastia have a short recovery period with little complications involved.

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