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Male Breast information with pictures

Gynecomastia or ‘Male Breast’ is the presence of immature mammary glands in male chest area (in women such mature glands produce milk for breast feeding of baby after pregnancy).

During the development of male breasts in boys, some resistant fat also gets deposited between and around the glands, giving the appearance of a female like breast. Male Breast results from an imbalance between androgen (male hormone) and estrogen (female hormone) activity. The hormonal imbalance that results in the deposition of glands in the chest areas is usually temporary and commonly occurs in boys at the time of puberty (12 – 14yrs). Once glands are laid down in the chest area, they do not regress. The cause of Male Breasts formation is hormonal in origin and not obesity (becoming fat). That is why it cannot be treated by diet control or exercise. Obesity will only increase the breast size due to increased fat deposition between and around the glands. Also, there are no medicines that can be given to treat this condition. Surgery is the only option.

Some more pictures of Mammary glands removed from some of the patients

22 yrs of age: Very large Male breasts: Before & After surgery
(Developed skin burns when he tried to reduce breasts by using a so called, ‘slimming heat belt’)

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21 yrs of age: Very large Male breasts: Before & After surgery
(Some extra skin was also removed)

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27 yrs of age: Very large sagging Male breasts: Before & After surgery
(Some extra skin was also removed)

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24 yrs of age: Large Male breasts: Before & After surgery

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24 yrs of age: Large Male breasts: Before & After surgery

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32 yrs of age; Obese man with large breasts and heavy fat deposits on side chest wall

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19 yrs old bodybuilder: Glands bigger on Left side: Exercise and diet control do not help in the treatment of male breast

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YOUNG BOYS NEED SURGERY FOR MALE BREAST AT AN EARLY AGE
for the following reasons

Gynecomastia or Male breasts can cause severe mental tension in boys leading to:

  • Withdrawal from friends groups
  • Reluctance to expose themselves at swimming pools
  • Loss of interest in family group activities etc
  • Loss of focus on studies
  • Introvert personality development to the extent that some boys may go into depression as well
  • Rarely it may lead to suicidal tendencies
  • Change in posture and walk: boys start walking with drooping shoulders in an attempt to hide the chest bulge
  • They tend to wear over-size clothes
  • Quite often they start wearing tight inner wears to hide the chest bulge
  • They stop participating in outdoor sports activities like walks, running, tennis
  • Lack of confidence is very obvious in their walk
  • They tend to sleep more on their belly

These are some of the very obvious signs of concern which must be addressed by parents or guardians.

There may be complete lack of interest in exercising in a gym or more often they indulge in heavy and vigorous exercises in a desperate attempt to ‘burn out’, what they think is ‘fat’ on the chest (almost always fat is minimal in male breasts of young boys. Mammary glands are predominant which will not respond to any amount of exercise or diet control). After few months they withdraw from gym exercises when such strenuous workouts show no effect on male breasts.

Some boys show a completely opposite behavior. They start putting on weight in a desperate attempt to make the breasts look more in ‘symmetry’ to their body shape.

Unnatural dress codes

  • Wear excessively loose clothes
  • Start wearing tight under garments. Some boys may start wearing tight clothes of their sisters under their regular clothing in an attempt to hide the male breast bulge

SOME ADVICE AND INFORMATION FOR PARENTS OF BOYS SUFFERING FROM MALE BREASTS

  • Boys are very secretive about their male breast problem.
  • Almost always they will not share the knowledge of their problem with their parents
  • Parents must know that the basic cause of male breasts is not obesity. Only the fat component of breast is increased when boys suffering from male breasts put on weight.
  • Any amount of exercise for any number of years and even very strict diet control will not ‘cure’ this problem. It may reduce the size to some extent by reducing the fat from breast but, they should understand that problem is not from fat but, from the presence of mammary glands in the breasts.
  • Parents’ insistence on exercise and diet control, although good for a healthy lifestyle, will not solve the problem. Rather, it may aggravate the already excessive mental stress because exercise does not help.
  • A surgery/operation is the only solution for Gynecomastia /male breasts
  • Liposuction alone for fat removal from breasts, will almost always fail to give a flat chest. A direct surgical removal of mammary glands is absolutely essential for best results.
  • Liposuction alone works well only in some exceptional cases of ‘pseudo-Gynecomastia’ which presents in some obese males.
  • If necessary, even school going young boys in the age group of 12-14 years should be operated upon if they are showing personality problems as mentioned above

CASE HISTORIES OF SOME YOUNG BOYS OPERATED UPON FOR GYNECOMASTIA / MALE BREASTS

15 yrs old boy with large ‘sagging’ breasts had very large mammary glands. One fine morning he refused to go to school unless his problem was tackled. It became almost an emergency situation for the parents. There was complete transformation in his personality after the operation.

Very large mammary glands and small volume of fat were removed

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17 yrs old boy: Very large male breasts: Before & After surgery:

This young boy had lost interest in studies and had started withdrawing from sports activities in school. He preferred to be left alone. These symptoms were very alarming and then the parents brought him for a consultation. He was operated upon. Very large size mammary glands and large volume of fat was removed. Operation brought about a remarkable positive change in his personality. He became very friendly and started enjoying group activities. His self-confidence was restored.

Very large mammary glands and fat were removed

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18 yrs old Medical College student: Before & After surgery: This young boy was admitted in a medical college and was living in a hostel. He often faced embarrassing situations and comments from his fellow students. Gradually this led to deterioration in his studies. After he was operated upon, he no longer faced embarrassing situations like before. His performance in class tests, viva and other examinations improved and he regained his lost self-confidence.

Very large mammary glands and small volume of fat were removed

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