An estimated 70% of boys in puberty experience enlarged breasts, and 65% of aging men get the condition, too. If your gynecomastia isn’t going away with time, Athleo L. Cambre, MD, can assess and treat your condition at his private practice in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles. Call the clinic or go online to book your consultation for treatment today.request an appointment
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition that occurs in males that affects the size of their breasts. The condition can affect one or both breasts, often in uneven amounts.
While gynecomastia generally doesn’t affect your physical health, it can take a toll on your self-esteem and masculinity. It can be painful or embarrassing, so many men seek treatment or surgery to correct it.
Why do I have gynecomastia?
There are several reasons why you may have developed gynecomastia. It may be the result of a health condition, medication, or a natural fluctuation in your hormones.
Common causes of gynecomastia are:
- Decreased testosterone with age
- Some medications
- Alcohol use
- Drug use (e.g., amphetamines, opiates)
- Liver or kidney failure
Identifying the cause or causes of your gynecomastia, Dr. Cambre evaluates your health and medical history at your consultation. Then, he can help you choose the appropriate treatment.
When should I see a doctor about my gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is often a harmless condition with few detrimental side effects. However, that isn’t to say you shouldn’t seek professional help. You should visit Dr. Cambre about your gynecomastia if you:
- Are self-conscious about your condition
- Experience swelling
- Have pain or tenderness in the area
- Notice discharge from your nipples
How can I treat my gynecomastia?
If you decide to seek treatment for your gynecomastia, you have a few options. Dr. Cambre helps you create a treatment plan, which may include:
Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that Dr. Cambre may offer to remove fat from your breasts. However, it doesn’t work to remove enlarged breast gland tissue, and generally therefore includes surgical excision of the dense glandular breast tissue.
Mastectomy is a specialized type of surgery to remove the breast gland tissue from your breasts. Dr. Cambre accesses the tissue using small incisions, and the procedure has a low average recovery time.
Being a male and developing breasts can severely affect your body image. To flatten your chest and revive your masculinity, call Athleo L. Cambre, MD, or book your consultation online today.