. Gynecomastia: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment | CK Birla Hospital
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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

- Alcohol use does not induce gynecomastia, but it can cause hormonal imbalances in the body, which can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
- Certain drugs can cause gynecomastia.
- Gynecomastia can be found in men of any age.

About Gynecomastia

About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a hormonal imbalance between testosterone and estrogen in males. It causes enlargement of the male breast tissue, which can affect men of all ages, but it is most common in newborns, adolescents, and later adulthood. Men and women both have breast glands, but they are less visible in males. Gynecomastia might go away on its own, if not, then surgery is the only permanent solution.

Gynecomastia symptoms

Gynecomastia symptoms

Causes of gynecomastia

Causes of gynecomastia

Treatment

Treatment

Though gynecomastia is self-diagnosed and most cases do not require any treatment. If it is due to a certain medication, then it is advisable to stop the medication and switch to alternative medicines after consulting with the specialist. And if the cause of gynecomastia is some disease, then swelling should subside as the disease is treated. Surgery or treatment is only the last resort if gynecomastia does not improve on its own.

Types of surgery performed

Types of surgery performed

How is gynecomastia different from fat?

How is gynecomastia different from fat?

Gynecomastia is a condition in which the breast tissue becomes more prominent and is often called man-boobs. Fluctuations in hormones encourage the growth of breast tissues. Gynecomastia is unrelated to obesity and does not cause the buildup of body fat.

A person who is overweight or obese will have more fat than needed to maintain a healthy body leading to larger breasts. However, in gynecomastia, the expansion is caused by abnormal tissue growth.

FAQs
FAQs

If not treated, it can lead to severe discomfort and swelling.

Yes, it is a treatable condition.

If you feel a hard lump, then it’s gynecomastia; otherwise, it’s a case of being overweight.

No, but exercise can help you stay fit and healthy. It is advisable to consult your specialist to know more.