Why is gynecomastia commonly found in teenagers? (photo)
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Gynecomastia Concerns as a Teen
Particularly, Normal Gynecomastia is usually apparent in males between the ages of 12 to 15 years old. It is also common for older men 65 years old or more who experience a drop in their testosterone levels. #Normal Gynecomastia takes approximately one to two years to naturally regress on its own.
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 with #Adolescent 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.
Gynecomastia is caused by hormonal changes during the male puberty and adolescence. It is recommended that the operation is done between 17 and 18 years of age, or before entering college as long as all the hormonal tests are normal.
Cause of gynecomastia in teenagers
Gynecomastia is the most common breast problem in men. A large percentage of teenage males are affected due to hormonal changes during puberty. Specifically, gynecomastia occurs due to an excess of estrogen relative to circulating testosterone. In most males who are affected, the breast size will return to normal after puberty when hormones are better balanced. If your gynecomastia persists for more than 12-18 months, it is important to be evaluated by a primary care physician, who can refer you to a board certified plastic surgeon if indicated.
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