Do I have gynecomastia?
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Do I Have Gynecomastia?
Normal Gynecomastia is usually apparent in boy between the ages of 12 to 15 years old and older men 65 years old or more who experience a drop in their testosterone levels. This type of Gynecomastia takes about one to two years to regress on its own.
Pure Glandular Gynecomastia is seen more commonly in body builders and is caused by steroid use. Surgical removal of the gland is required for treatment.
Adult Gynecomastia – Fat deposits are apparent in the glandular tissue. This type of gynecomastia is the most common. Doctors may recommend surgery for treatment of the condition.
Adolescent Gynecomastia is hereditary and usually appears in 30% to 60% of boys between the ages of nine to fourteen. Many cases of adolescent gynecomastia resolve on its own as the boy grows into adulthood. Some may choose to undergo surgery to correct the situation, this usually happens at the age of 18 or above. In severe cases in young boys, the physician and child development specialists will need to speak to the parents regarding the severity of the gynecomastia and if surgery is an option before the age of 18.
Assymetric or Unilateral Gynecomastia appears in either one or both breasts at different degrees. In many cases one breast appears larger than the other. Surgery is a common treatment for this type of gynecomastia.
Pseudo-Gynecomastia is composed of adipose tissue instead of glandular tissue. This type of gynecomastia can be treated with diet, liposuction or surgery
Severe Gynecomastia commonly affects those who have lost skin elasticity at an older age and those who have been obese or overweight at one point in their life and lost weight may have saggy skin and breasts that are severely enlarged. Surgery is the recommended treatment for severe gynecomastia.
There are three types of surgical treatment #options available that treat gynecomastia. A board certified Plastic Surgeon will recommend the best one suited for you during a one-on-one, in-person consultation.
Thanks for your question. Based on what your describing as puffy, it seems that it may be gynecomastia. You need a physical exam to truly now if it just fat, male breast tissue, or a combination of both. 90% of the causes are idiopathic meaning unknown but the 10% are due to medications, illegal drugs and hormone imbalances. If your taking the medications they have you on, they believe the cause is hormonal. If they have developed seldomly have i seen them shrink by taking the medications. Get a formal physical exam by a board certified plastic Surgeon. Good luck.
All the best,
Carlos Mata MD, MBA, FACS
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You might be having a very mild grade if at all you have gynaecomastia.
a personal examination will be best.
the choice for correction is totally yours to make but at your age for best results you need surgery
best of luck
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