An Introduction about Gynecomastia?
The health condition that arises out of an enlarged breast is termed as gynecomastia or man boobs. It may be noted that apart from being an embarrassment to most male, they are not serious or harmful in anyways. However what you really need to know is if your man boobs is because of gynecomastia or pseudo-gynecomastia. Now we know you would be wondering what that pseudo thing is. Let us dive into it so that you can get to know more on gynecomastia.
What is the root cause of man boobs or gynecomastia condition?
Man boobs can be because of two reasons – one is due to hormonal change and the other is due to obesity. While the former is the real gynecomastia the later condition of man boobs is actually termed as pseudo-gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia due to hormonal changes
When there is an imbalance in the sex hormones secreted, gynecomastia can manifest. Gynecomastia in male can happen in three phases of life, as an infant, in adolescence when boys attain puberty and in adult men. The presence of firm gland beneath the areola (the pigmented skin surrounding the nipples) is defined as gynecomastia. Sometimes the areola itself has a bigger circumference (almost resembling a woman’s boob) causing more embarrassment to men.
Infants too can have Gynecomastia
In infants the gynecomastia is mild and noticeable and this is because of the effect of mother’s female hormones passing through the placenta. But this is really short lived because the umbilical cord is severed after the birth of the baby and the condition slowly begins to disappear on its own.
Gynecomastia in Adolescent Teens
In adolescent boys, the gynecomastia is due to the hormonal changes that are happening in the body during puberty. In adolescent boys too the condition is quite normal and it might disappear as they age. But sometimes the gynecomastia condition might prevail even after they hit their 20’s and this is when the person needs to find solution to the gynecomastia condition. Some individuals prefer to get the surgery done in their teens and that is quite possible and recommended. The best thing to do is to consult a good cosmetic surgeon and take an opinion.
Gynecomastia in Middle-aged and Elderly Men
In middle-aged or elderly men, the fall in the male hormone (testosterone) can happen. Though this is a normal process as men age, for some the fall in male hormone level might be drastic. Though very elderly men may not really be bothered about this, men in their 40’s and 50’s may be bothered.
Gynecomastia due to Obesity – Pseudo-Gynecomastia
A person who is obese has fat accumulated in every body part, and the chest region is no exception. The fat deposited breast region looks like a women’s breast. This condition is termed as pseudo-gynecomastia. If the person’s man boobs is because of fat, then the same can be reduced by weight loss programs.