What Causes Male Breasts?

Plastic Surgeon & Skin Care Spa Serving Kansas City, Overland Park, Olathe, Lee's Summit & Nearby Areas of Kansas & Missouri

Posted: May 19, 2020

A man with a bare chest and towel stands with his hands on his hips and a straight faceMan boobs, male breasts, gynecomastia – all of these terms refer to a man having what appear to be breasts similar to a woman’s in shape and size. Men with this condition often experience a lot of embarrassment and humiliation. Adolescent boys with the condition may be teased relentlessly. Gynecomastia surgery – or male breast reduction – performed by experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Victor Perez restores a firmer, masculine chest.

There are many ways male breasts develop. Most of them are related to hormones and the way those hormones function inside your body. Certain things cause hormonal imbalances. The main causes of gynecomastia include:

  • Adolescence
  • Advanced age
  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Low testosterone/high estrogen/hormonal imbalance
  • Certain medications
  • Certain underlying health issues
  • Genetics
  • Chronic alcohol abuse
  • Marijuana use
  • Poor diet/malnutrition

The underlying cause influences whether gynecomastia surgery is right for you. Certain causes may be addressed by your doctor before male breast reduction becomes an option, such as an underlying health condition or medication side effect. If you are a candidate for the procedure, the results can be life-changing: Patients report renewed confidence and self-image once they see their results.

The procedure itself, as performed by Dr. Perez, involves using Smartlipo laser-assisted liposuction to remove the excess fat from the male chest. Smartlipo MPX delivers laser energy that destroys fat cells while also tightening the skin. A large percentage of our gynecomastia patients have seen great results with this treatment alone. It typically requires only local anesthesia and oral sedation, so you’ll enjoy a faster, easier recovery.

Call Dr. Perez to find out if the cause of your gynecomastia aligns with the male breast reduction procedure. He has extensive experience in this area, so he’ll let you know whether you should first discuss the condition with your doctor and what steps to take next. You deserve to feel good about how you look, and gynecomastia surgery may be the right way to do that.

To schedule a consultation to learn more about male breast reduction in Overland Park, KS, please call Renue Aesthetic Surgery at 913-685-1108. Dr. Perez performs this surgery regularly and determines if you are a good candidate.

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