There is one major physical feature that differentiates a woman from a man, the breasts. When a male loses large amounts of weight, man boobs may occur. In cases where the male body excretes too much estrogen, man boobs may also present themselves.
Man boobs are a very common occurrence, despite the fact that men often believe they are the only ones in the world that are currently suffering from the condition. Formally known as Gynecomastia, man boobs can be treated in a variety of manners.
Weight Loss Evoked Man Boobs
When the body gains large amounts of weight, the skin stretches to accommodate the added fat under the skin. Over time and with age, the skin becomes less flexible. When a large amount of weight loss occurs, the man may be left with large flaps of skin where the fat was once on the chest area of the body. These flaps will appear to look the same as female breasts. While some men see these skin folds or man boobs as a sign of weight loss, others find them repulsive.
Surgical removal of these man boobs is often included as a part of the upper body lift. For sure, the chest area of the body will not be the only part of the body with excess skin. The upper body lift will remove the man boobs, as well as any extra skin on the neck, arms and stomach.
Hormone Related Man Boobs
In other men, a very real hormone condition causes the presentation of man boobs. Just as all women have small amounts of testosterone in the body, pre-menopause, men also have estrogen in their bodies. For some men, the estrogen levels increase dramatically. While there are several reasons why the estrogen levels may increase, the result will always be the same. With increased estrogen in the male body comes the shrinking of the testicles, raised pitch of the voice and increased breast volume. The more estrogen, and the longer period of time the estrogen levels are raised, the more dramatic the breast size.
Men, who are experiencing man boobs as a result of hormonal problems, will need to seek medical attention. The only cure is a reduction in estrogen levels in the body. The root cause of the higher estrogen levels will need to be found and rectified.
Treatments for Man Boobs
Some men will have an increase in breast size directly related to obesity. In these cases, the treatment for man boobs will be two fold. The initial extra fat will need to be removed from the body through diet and exercise. Once the patient reaches and maintains a normal weight for a year or more, the extra skin can be removed surgically. It is important to note that with proper diet and weight loss, many men will see the man boobs disappear completely. Skin elasticity will determine whether or not extra skin will be present after weight loss.
Man boobs are a very real condition with several causes and treatments. The most common cause is obesity, with estrogen overload being the rarest cause.
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