Gynecomastia (Male Boobs)
Gynaecomastia (sometimes referred to as "man boobs") is a common condition that causes boys' and men's breasts to swell and become larger than normal. It is most common in teenage boys and older men.
What are the signs of gynaecomastia?
Signs vary from a small amount of extra tissue around the nipples to more prominent breasts. It can affect one or both breasts.
Sometimes, the breast tissue can be tender or painful, but this isn't always the case.
What causes gynaecomastia?
1. Hormone imbalance
Gynaecomastia can be caused by an imbalance between the sex hormones testosterone and oestrogen. Oestrogen causes breast tissue to grow. While all men produce some oestrogen, they usually have much higher levels of testosterone, which stops the oestrogen from causing breast tissue to grow. If the balance of hormones in the body changes, this can cause a man's breasts to grow. Sometimes, the cause of this imbalance is unknown.
Being very overweight (obese) is a common cause of gynaecomastia – this is because being overweight can increase levels of oestrogen, which can cause breast tissue to grow. If you're overweight you're also more likely to have excess fat that can enlarge the breast tissue. For some people losing weight or doing more exercise can help but this may not always improve the condition.
3. Newborn baby boys
Gynaecomastia can affect newborn baby boys, because oestrogen passes through the placenta from the mother to the baby. This is temporary and will disappear a few weeks after the baby is born.
During puberty, boys' hormone levels vary. If the level of testosterone drops, oestrogen can cause breast tissue to grow. Many teenage boys have some degree of breast enlargement. Gynaecomastia at puberty usually clears up as boys get older and their hormone levels become more stable.
5. Old age
As men get older, they produce less testosterone. Older men also tend to have more body fat, and this can cause more oestrogen to be produced. These changes in hormone levels can lead to excess breast tissue growth.
Gynecomastia Surgery (Man Boobs) Treatment in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Gynecomastia can be medically treated or surgically treated. Reduction mammoplasty (male breast reduction surgery) is a surgical treatment that has been used in severe cases gynecomastia, long-term gynecomastia, or in cases in which drug therapies have not been effective to help restore a normal breast appearance. Gynecomastia surgery not only permanently removes excess glandular tissues, but it also sculpts the chest area, leaving a more defined and masculine appearance.
The cost for gynecomastia treatments may vary based on the doctor performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, the severity of the gynecomastia, as well as the healthcare facility where the actual procedure is performed.
Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia and for severe cases of gynecomastia, surgery is performed under general anesthesia in an accredited private healthcare facility.
If liposuction is all that is required, the fee will be on the lower end. Cases where skin tightening and nipple repositioning are required will cost more.
If the procedure is done as a daycare procedure, the total fee is lower.
Contact us for a free initial consultation. This non-obligatory consultation is your chance to discuss your concerns and for the doctor to help recommend the best possible options.
The ARC (Advanced Regenerative Centre) clinic Mid Valley branch is located at:
No. 31-11, Penthouse Signature Office Suite, The Boulevard, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia.
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