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Male Breast: The latest growing problem and its solution

Yes, you read it right – It's the “breast of males” that we are talking about! The problem has become quite common these days. As per doctors in Delhi, they are getting 8 to 10
India TV News Desk June 14, 2015 15:29 IST
India TV News Desk

Yes, you read it right – It's the “breast of males” that we are talking about! The problem has become quite common these days. As per doctors in Delhi, they are getting 8 to 10 such cases monthly, related to same.

Males, like females, are also seen having enlarged chest. In medical terms, the problem is known as Gynaecomastia and though, not fatal or serious to a great extent, still results in psychological distress for those who suffer from it.

Medically, Gynaecomastia or male breast enlargement is an endocrinal disorder which results in benign enlargement of breast tissue in males. It can happen due to several reasons, most common one being the imbalance of male-female hormone.

Though it is believed that males do not have female hormone (oestrogen) but in actual it is not the case. Female hormones are present in males but in very small amount and they get disturbed due to several reasons, like - usage of steroids while gymming, obesity, or prolonged usage of antacids and antiepileptic drugs.

Some other disorders like hypothyroidism, hypogonadism and testicular tumours can also cause this problem.

How can one get his male breast reduced?

As far as solutions are concerned, there are several fixes to the problem ranging from temporary and outward to permanent and surgical.

For those, who are looking for temporary solution to the problem are recommended to make changes in their diet, reduce obesity and wear clothes that do not make enlarged breast too obvious and affect their self-esteem accordingly.

In case, the problem is critical or the breast has grown too much then it is recommended that one should visit a surgeon. From medicines to surgeries, one can choose anything to correct the problem though not without the recommendation of the doctor.

In case, gynaecomastia is chronic then a surgical removal of glandular breast tissue may be required. Subcutaneous mastectomy, liposuction-assisted mastectomy, laser-assisted liposuction, and laser-lipolysis without liposuction are some other treatments/surgeries recommended by doctors. However, it is always advisable to first start with weight reduction, exercising and change in diet.

Can Gynaecomastia become severe or cause any serious problem?

Gynaecomastia is not a physically harmful disease but in some cases it acts as an indicator to more serious conditions like testicular cancer. A doctor's advice is recommended in all cases.