Adolescence is a time of significant changes. For some young men, however, these changes may include the development of gynecomastia. This condition is characterized by the enlargement of breast tissue in males, It’s a common condition that can occur during puberty and can have a profound impact on a teenager’s self-esteem and body image. 

Dr. Mordcai Blau is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of gynecomastia at his practice in White Plains, NY who can help young men suffering from gynecomastia understand what their treatment options are.

The Prevalence of Adolescent Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is estimated to affect up to 65% of adolescent boys during puberty, making it a relatively common condition during this developmental stage. It occurs when there is an imbalance between estrogen (female hormone) and testosterone (male hormone) levels, resulting in the enlargement of breast tissue. 

While adolescent gynecomastia often resolves on its own within a few months to years, some cases may persist into adulthood, necessitating further evaluation and potential treatment.

The physical changes associated with gynecomastia can have a significant psychological impact on teenagers, leading to feelings of embarrassment, self-consciousness, and low self-esteem. Adolescents may experience teasing and bullying related to their appearance, which can further exacerbate their emotional distress.

Factors to Consider When Deciding on Treatment for Gynecomastia

The Severity of the Symptoms

The severity of gynecomastia symptoms, including breast size, tenderness, and psychological impact, will influence the decision to pursue treatment. Mild cases may resolve on their own over time, while more pronounced cases may require medical intervention.

The age and development stage of the teenager will also play a role in treatment decisions. In some cases, gynecomastia may resolve spontaneously as hormone levels stabilize during puberty. However, if this condition persists beyond puberty or causes significant distress, the patient may need to explore treatment options.

Treatment Options for Gynecomastia

For mild cases, a "watchful waiting" approach may be recommended to allow time for natural resolution. Encouraging healthy lifestyle habits such as regular exercise and an appropriate diet plan can help reduce excess body fat and improve overall body composition.

For severe or persistent gynecomastia, surgical procedures such as liposuction or male breast reduction surgery may be considered to achieve a more masculine chest contour.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to understand what may be causing your gynecomastia and which treatment option is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a qualified medical professional. If surgery is the best or only option, it’s important to find a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. Blau. 

To learn more about male breast reduction surgery for treating gynecomastia, contact our office in White Plains, NY today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blau.