Signs and Treatment of Gynecomastia
If you’ve ever seen the movie “Fight Club” then you’ve seen men with gynecomastia. It is the development of man boobs due to an imbalance of estrogen in his body – explains the medical book. In “Fight Club”, the main character visits a support group for men with gynecomastia caused by their cancer medications, but there are other causes as well – mainly age and genetics.
Determining if you have Gynecomastia
Determining if you have gynecomastia is fairly easily. The first thing you need to do is look in a mirror. If you have enlarged or “puffy” nipples, which are dome-shaped and have enlarged areola, it is quite likely that you have this problem. Men carry fat, or adipose tissue, in the region of their chest. As a result, there men suffer from the condition of weight-gain related gynecomastia.
If you think you have this condition, and you are troubled by the appearance of your man boobs, you must visit your doctor for diagnosis.
After it has been confirmed that you indeed have gynecomastia, there are several treatment options available. The younger you are, the more important it is to be patient and wait for it to resolve itself. This condition is common in adolescent boys or teenager, but with time these man boobs will recede as your hormones balance out.
While you are showing patience, you can improve the appearance of your chest – and the rest of your body – with diet and exercise. By strengthening your pectoral muscles, you don’t only improve your core but your overall appearance. Losing weight is also a good option for camouflaging your condition.
If you are an adult who would like a more permanent solution, the most common solution is to go under the knife. Male breast reduction surgery and liposuction are common and reliable way of dealing with it.
There are compression garments available which conceal the shape of the nipples and adipose pockets for anyone who is not ready for a permanent solution. Medications and herbal treatments are also available, but their reliability has not yet been proven.
Gynecomastia could be embarrassing but not life threatening problem that affects men of all ages and races. Although it can be a symptom of issues like – hormonal imbalance (being the most important) – gynecomastia is a cosmetic issue that is best dealt with by cosmetic means.