Gynecomastia is not rare and it can be devastating socially. Running tests on your hormone levels hasn't been recommended for years. If this is interfering with your social life and your parents approve then have the surgery. The techniques for correction are simple (mostly liposuction) but make certain your chosen doctor is board certified plastic surgeon and does them frequently.
Pubertal gynecomastia most of times goes away by age 18. If it persists at that time you will need surgery.
A great place to start is with your doctor. There are many causes of gynecomastia, in the early teen years hormones play a role. Your physician can help look for this ( lab studies) and give you some guidance.
Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Surgery
Thanks for your question. I would recommend all that you have suggested plus having an evaluation by your pediatrician to make sure that your hormone levels are normal and that you do not have a breast mass.
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