While men are finally realizing there is an actual medical term used for male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), many don’t realize there are actually different components causing it, along with various treatment options for each. Determining which component or combination of components are present will determine the treatment plan recommended by gynecomastia specialist, Dr. Joseph Cruise. His Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Orange County patients will receive an in-person evaluation where he will examine the breasts to determine if there is excess breast tissue, fat, skin or a combination of these issues.
Dr. Cruise categorizes male breast enlargement (gynecomastia) into five components based on what is actually causing the enlarged breast.
There are typically three primary causes for each type male breast enlargement. There can be one issue present or a combination.
- Excess breast tissue
- Excess fat
- Excess skin
- A combination of the above
During your gynecomastia consultation, Dr. Cruise will evaluate your breasts and inform you of which components are present and what type of surgery is necessary for correction. The exact cause of male breast enlargement is usually difficult to pin-point. It is actually much easier to correct it than to determine the cause. Some men have taken certain medications or anabolic steroids, which is a frequent reason for adult on-set gynecomastia. For others, their enlarged male breasts occurred during puberty when hormones are fluctuating, and it never resolved on its own.