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Causes of Gynecomastia in Different Age Groups

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Gynecomastia is the enlargement or swelling of breast tissue in males due to the imbalance of estrogen and testosterone in the body. A common condition, gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts. Leading plastic surgery practices offer customized gynecomastia treatment in Manhattan NYC. Gynecomastia can occur in boys and men of all ages, but is most common in infancy and adolescence and in middle-aged to older men. Though the condition may occur at any stage of a man’s life, the causes and treatment options may vary based on patient’s age.

  • Adolescent Gynecomastia – According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), between 50% and 60% of adolescent males have gynecomastia. The occurrence of gynecomsrtia in young boys is caused by abnormal levels of estrogen in the body related to puberty. Male chest contour usually flattens out when a man enters his 20s.
  • Gynecomastia in adults – Gynecomstia is even more common in adult men. A study conducted by NIH found that roughly 65% of men between the ages of 27 and 92 years experience some degree of gynecomastia. However, though adolescents and adults have similar symptoms, the causes of gynecomastia in these groups are entirely different. The causes of male breast enlargement in adults range from hormone imbalances and medical conditions such as thyroid problems to alcohol consumption and use of drugs like marijuana.

In most cases, gynecomastia resolves naturally and no treatment is necessary.  If it does not, therapies such as testosterone replacement may be used. When medical treatment fails to work, gynecomastia surgery may be recommended to remove the breast tissue.

Gynecomstia surgery or male breast reduction surgery involves removing glandular tissue, and excess fat and skin in the area. This procedure helps create a flatter, more masculine chest contour. AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practices in Manhattan offer minimally-invasive gynecomastia treatment using the laser-assisted Smartlipo Triplex workstation. This FDA approved device combines the power of three laser wavelengths – 1440nm, 1064nm and 1320 nm – to rapidly dissolve fat, coagulate tissue, and tighten the surrounding skin.  With Smartlipo Triplex, patients experience minimal scarring, less bleeding, bruising, swelling, pain and discomfort. It reduces treatment time and patient downtime and also offers faster healing and recovery.

Gynecomastia treatment helps men of all ages to feel better about their appearance and comfortable about revealing their chest. To benefit from laser liposuction, it is important to find a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing the procedure using Smartlipo Triplex technology.

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