Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?
Gynecomastia is a medical condition that causes males to grow large, pendulous breasts of the type normally seen on females. There are many causes of the condition, and some cases happen for no discernible reason. While it is non-cancerous and usually has no impact on a man’s health, gynecomastia can have huge psychological and social consequences. This is especially true for young men who may be teased by their peers. If you have large breasts and are considering gynecomastia surgery, there are some traits that all good candidates have in common.
You’ve Seen an Endocrinologist Already
Gynecomastia is linked to hormone imbalances. Men with too little testosterone, too much estrogen or both conditions are most at risk for developing female secondary sex characteristics. Using a simple series of blood tests, an endocrinologist can tell you if your hormones are to blame for your large chest.
If You’re Young, You’ve Given It Time
Due to the huge hormone fluctuations during puberty, gynecomastia is quite common among boys and young men between the ages of 12 and 19. Many of these puberty-induced cases resolve on their own within a few years. While puberty is usually quite quick for most young men, it is a process that can take years to complete.
If you’re still in high school, it’s quite possible your hormones will balance as you grow into a young man. If you are still noticing changes in your body, such as your facial hair growing thicker or your shoulders widening, there’s a good chance your gynecomastia could resolve on its own.
Your Weight is Normal
Being overweight or obese affects hormones and can bring about large breasts, rounded hips, ample buttocks, a smooth face and other traits commonly associated with females. If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight can reverse these traits and give you the flat, angular frame most associated with males. Even if weight loss doesn’t get rid of your breasts, being fit will make surgery and recovery safer and easier.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
Having large breasts when you are male can be emotionally devastating. If you have already ensured your hormones are not to blame and your weight is normal, gynecomastia surgery may be right for you.
Schedule a discreet consultation with one of our professionals at Princeton Plastic Surgeons, located in Princeton. We will be happy to advise you of your surgical options and answer any questions you may have. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.