Could my man boobs be caused by the male menopause?

There is a lot of awareness around the hormonal changes in a woman as she hits middle-age. With her child-bearing years behind her, production of oestrogen and progesterone hormones in the ovaries reduce, and the menopause arrives.

But there is very little said about the hormonal changes for a man. Have you heard about the andropause? Affecting men as they hit their 40s, this ‘male-menopause’ is a result of the diminishing male hormone, testosterone.

So what do we know about the male menopause? Should men expect the same hot flashes and weight gain that females experience? Here we take a look at the main symptoms of the male menopause that middle-aged men need to be prepared for.

What is the male menopause?

The male menopause can creep up on a man from as early as their 30s, and it could be a while before symptoms appear, if at all. Unlike the female menopause that hits harder between the ages of 45 and 55, the male menopause can continue on, for decades.

The reason for this is that the testosterone levels in a male dip by between 1 and 2 per cent a year after the age of 30. For some men though it might be lower than this, and most men wouldn’t show signs of testosterone deficiency until they are 50.

However, testosterone deficiency in later life can be attributed to metabolic syndrome. This involves a number of conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, that are linked with obesity.

Also, late-onset hypogonadism or testosterone deficiency syndrome can also result in low testosterone levels in older men.

What are the symptoms of male menopause?

The main changes that a man with testosterone deficiency can expect include erectile dysfunction, loss of morning erections, drop in libido, decreased energy levels and loss of muscle mass. However, lifestyle factors or psychological problems are often responsible for many of these symptoms.

As the ratio of testosterone to oestrogen in the body decreases, this can result in some men developing breasts, or gynaecomastia.

Men who have a higher level of body fat can also develop gynaecomastia, due to an enzyme found in fatty tissue that converts testosterone to a type of oestrogen that forms breast tissue.

What treatments are available for male menopause?

The best thing, if you are experiencing any symptoms mentioned above, is to see a doctor. They can help determine the main cause, and can do a blood test to check your testosterone levels. If you have a testosterone deficiency, you may be offered testosterone replacement therapy, which should relieve your symptoms.

If you have gynaecomastia, then you might consider surgery which is a simple way to remove excess breast tissue. You can discuss options with a Gynaecomastia Specialist and decide which approach would be most beneficial to you.

Gynaecomastia surgery generally takes less than two hours, usually performed as a day-case operation either under local anaesthetic with sedation or under a general anaesthetic.

If you have gynaecomastia and are thinking of male breast reduction surgery, contact the Masculum Clinic and book a consultation.

Why more men are seeking male breast reduction right now

Cosmetic surgeons in Scotland are reporting increased interest in cosmetic surgery at the moment, from men who want to improve their appearance. Thought to be the result of a ‘Zoom-Boom’, more men are booking appointments, including male breast reduction treatments, as soon as they are able.

This comes as no big surprise, as at no other time have we been forced to look at ourselves along with all of our imperfections on video-calls for long periods.

But what really causes man boobs? It might be assumed that moobs are solely caused by living an unhealthy lifestyle. But there can be other reasons. By identifying the main cause of gynaecomastia can be the first step to successful male breast reduction.

Diet changes

Man boobs can be caused by diet, and gaining weight can result in more fat deposits on your chest area. Furthermore, weight gain can affect the muscle to fat ratio, and as fatty tissue takes over, this can also result in the body producing more oestrogen hormone. This can result in the development of man boobs.

The good news is that, if this is the prime cause, then a person can adapt their eating habits and introduce exercise to reverse their condition. By keeping a food journal, focusing on low fat cooking techniques and choosing fruit and vegetables over unhealthy snacks.

An overindulgence in alcohol can also result in man boobs, as it can cause liver damage. The liver is responsible for metabolizing hormones, so again, damage can result in excess oestrogen.

Also depriving the body of enough nutrients can result in testosterone deficiency. Men can develop moobs during an insufficient diet, and some can grow moobs when their food intake returns to normal. This phenomenon is called ‘feeding gynaecomastia’ and was first noted in 1945 when malnourished men liberated from prison camps grew breast tissue after returning to a normal diet.

Hormone changes

When there is an imbalance of the body’s hormones in men, specifically low levels of testosterone which stops the breast tissue from expanding.

Some men develop gynaecomastia because of hormone changes or fluctuations, and there can be several reasons for this to happen. Other than diet-specific reasons already mentioned, these include;

  • taking certain medications or antibiotics
  • using illicit drugs, such as anabolic steroids
  • liver or kidney disease, tumours and other medical conditions

If the breast tissue is enlarging because of a medical issue, treating the underlying condition can help. However, if medication is the cause, unless alternatives are available, the benefits of taking this might outweigh the side effects.

If moobs do not reduce with changes to diet and exercise, or other treatment changes, then it is time to consider male breast reduction surgery.

If you have gynecomastia and are thinking of male breast reduction surgery, contact the Masculum Clinic and book a consultation with a Gynaecomastia specialist.

‘The Rock’ speaks out about his gynaecomastia surgery

Male breast reduction is becoming more recognised. Celebrities are helping by breaking the silence, and talking about their own gynaecomastia surgery.

‘The Rock’ Johnson, the popular pro-wrestler turned movie star, recently spoke out about surgery for his own ‘man boobs’ during his WWE life.

This news shows that even the fittest of men can suffer with gynaecomastia. But it also gives a huge boost to many men, proving that a successful gynaecomastia procedure can help to regain body confidence.

Why did ‘The Rock’ need a male breast reduction?

Despite a career in the limelight, 48 year-old Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson suffered silently with his own self-esteem issues.

A natural sportsman, in the mid-nineties Johnson moved from a college football career into the world of pro wrestling. An imposing figure, he went on to become a Hollywood star.

However, like many men, he was embarrassed of his ‘man boobs’, with excess tissue on his chest. And this was not something he could easily hide. He was typically cast in topless roles to show off his rippling chest, in films like ‘The Mummy Returns’.

Exercise was not effective in reducing his pectorals, so he decided to have a gynaecomastia surgery to deal with it.

What caused The Rock’s gynaecomastia?

Genetics probably played a big part in Johnson’s physical appearance. He was Black Nova-Scotian and Samoan descent, and they are generally big and strong.

When there is an imbalance of the body’s hormones in men, specifically low levels of testosterone, this can lead to gynaecomastia. This can easily be linked to his genetics.

His rigorous fitness regime and enormous diet were consistent with other body-builders, but he was also living in a world where steroid abuse was commonplace.

Steroids can also damage your body’s ability to produce testosterone. Some sources say that Johnson admitted to using steroids when he was younger, so this may very well have contributed.

What is gynaecomastia surgery?

Gynaecomastia (Gyno) surgery is a simple procedure to remove excess breast tissue in a man.

The first step is a detailed consultation with a Gynaecomastia Specialist. During the consultation, you will discuss your own case, the best options for you to achieve your goals and which approach would be most beneficial to you.

Gynaecomastia surgery generally takes less than two hours, usually performed as a day-case operation either under local anaesthetic with sedation or under a general anaesthetic.

If you have gynaecomastia and are thinking of male breast reduction surgery, contact the Masculum Clinic and book a consultation.

Frequently asked questions about gynaecomastia

In 2019, according to figures published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in its annual report, male breast reduction for the treatment of gynaecomastia was the second most common male aesthetic surgery behind liposuction.

More men are seeking moob reduction surgery now than nose surgery and eyelid surgery, and this is unsurprising given that 30% of men are affected by gynaecomastia.

If you are considering a male breast reduction, get answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about gynaecomastia here.

What is gyno or male breast reduction?

Gynaecomastia (Gyno) surgery is the removal of excess breast tissue in a man. It is a simple procedure that lasts around 2 hours and is known to be highly effective. Unlike fat removal, which could be combatted with exercise and diet, surgery is the only option when dealing with excess tissue.

What causes gynaecomastia?

When there is an imbalance of the body’s hormones in men, specifically low levels of testosterone, this can lead to gynaecomastia. Low testosterone and gynaecomastia are common among men, especially as they age. This can affect teenagers during puberty, as well as men aged over 50, when testosterone production decreases.

Certain drugs, such as steroids can also damage your body’s ability to produce testosterone, or it could be linked to genetics. Whatever the cause, a consultation with a Gynaecomastia Specialist is the best first step to ensure that there are no underlying health conditions to consider.

Am I suitable for gynaecomastia surgery?

Most patients are suitable for gynaecomastia surgery, but good candidates are healthy with no major health problems. The first step is a detailed consultation with a Gynaecomastia Specialist. During the consultation, you will discuss your own case, the best options for you to achieve your goals and which approach would be most beneficial to you.

How long does gynaecomastia surgery take?

Gynaecomastia surgery generally takes between one to two hours, depending on the complexity of the planned surgery. The procedure is usually performed as a day-case operation either under local anaesthetic with sedation or under a general anaesthetic.

When will I see the results of my surgery?

You should see the results of your gynaecomastia surgery straight away, although there will still be swelling for a few weeks. It is important to avoid strenuous exercise during this time. The earliest time to fully assess the results is at three months, although improvements can continue up to a year after the procedure.

If you have gynaecomastia and are thinking of male breast reduction surgery, contact the Masculum Clinic and book a consultation with a Gynaecomastia specialist.

Causes of moobs: male hormone imbalance and gynaecomastia

When you talk about hormonal imbalances, it’s typically related to women’s issues. However, did you know they can also occur in men too?

Male hormone imbalance can lead to all kinds of health issues, including gynaecomastia. Here, we’ll look at how hormones can impact the condition and how it can be treated.

Causes of moobs: how can a hormonal imbalance trigger gynaecomastia?

Breasts typically grow due to the oestrogen hormone. While men typically create high levels of testosterone, they also produce a small amount of oestrogen. In puberty, it’s common for young boys to produce more oestrogen, leading to a hormonal imbalance which can trigger the breasts to grow. However, once the hormones return to normal, the condition usually clears up by itself.

Older men can also experience enlarged breasts as testosterone levels begin to drop with age. The difference here is that older men don’t suddenly start to develop more testosterone, so the condition won’t typically clear up by itself.

Causes of moobs: how can you treat hormone-related gynaecomastia?

The good news is, hormone-related gynaecomastia can be treated. If it doesn’t clear up by itself, surgery is typically the best option.

This is because when gynaecomastia is triggered by a hormonal imbalance, it typically causes an excess of breast tissue, rather than fat. This cannot be eliminated through diet and exercise. Instead, surgery is the only way tot eliminate it.

Gynaecomastia surgery is a very straightforward procedure, and in most cases, the problem shouldn’t reoccur.

Causes of moobs: treating the imbalance itself

In some cases, the hormonal imbalance itself may need to be treated. While most are natural age-related cases, there are some patients who experience hormonal imbalances due to existing medical issues. For example, certain types of cancers can lead to an imbalance, as can medications. So, treating the cause of the imbalance in these cases is crucial.

If you suspect your gynaecomastia is caused by a hormonal imbalance, it’s important to seek an accurate diagnosis. There are actually many different potential causes of the condition and each may require a slightly different treatment option. You can find out the best course of treatment for your man boobs by booking a consultation with a gynaecomastia specialist.

Causes of man boobs: are they hereditary?

Man boobs, medically referred to as gynaecomastia, are said to affect up to 60% of men. While women often dream of having bigger breasts, for men it can be a nightmare; leading to significant issues with self-confidence.

There are a lot of different causes of gynaecomastia, but could genetics be one of them? Here, we’ll look at the genetic link of man boobs and the treatment options available.

Is there a genetic link to man boobs?

It is possible man boobs could be hereditary, however, the chances of developing genetic gynaecomastia are extremely rare. Very few men experience the condition due to hereditary circumstances.

The genetic condition known to link to man boobs is referred to as Klinefelter’s Syndrome. This is basically where men are born with an additional X chromosome, giving them an XXY genetic makeup. There are, however, many other causes of the condition you need to be aware of.

What are other causes of man boobs?

So, if your man boobs are unlikely to be caused because of genetics, what other causes are there? Some of them include:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Drug side effects
  • Excess alcohol consumption

Hormonal imbalances are a common cause of the condition. They can occur during puberty, as men age and due to some types of cancer. During puberty, the hormones will calm down again, and the condition will disappear on its own. However, if hormonal imbalance is detected after puberty, treatment may be required. The hormonal imbalance can cause excess tissue to develop, which doesn’t always go away by itself.

Can man boobs be treated?

Whatever has triggered man boobs in a patient, it can usually be treated. The treatment type will depend upon the cause. For example, if the cause of gynaecomastia is determined to be excess tissue, it will require surgery to treat it. If it’s caused by excess fat, on the other hand, an exercise and diet plan may prove effective at eliminating the condition.

Therefore, it is crucial patients receive a proper diagnosis to determine the root cause of the condition before treatment can be started. So, it is possible to develop hereditary-based gynaecomastia. However, it is rare and those who are experiencing the condition have likely developed it due to the more common causes such as weight gain or hormonal imbalances.

To find out more, call us on 020 7523 5392 to book a consultation.

The risks and rewards of male breast reduction surgery

Male breast reduction surgery has become extremely popular in recent years. Helping to eliminate gynecomastia and significantly improve patient confidence, it’s a relatively straightforward procedure with brilliant results. However, like any form of surgery, male breast reduction surgery does pose a few risks you should be aware of.

Here, we’ll look at both the risks as well as the male breast reduction surgery benefits to help you make the best decision on whether or not it’s right for you.

What are the risks of male breast reduction surgery?

When you book a consultation with a gynaecomastia specialist, they’ll typically explain all of the potential risks and complications in detail. There are quite a lot of risks involved with the procedure, though it’s worth pointing out that the likelihood of experiencing them is pretty low.

Some of the most common risks include:

  • Changes to nipple sensation
  • Breast shape and contour irregularities
  • Bleeding or blood clots
  • Poor wound healing
  • Unfavourable scarring

While choosing a reliable and experienced surgeon will reduce the risks, there is always a chance something can go wrong. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of the risks so you can prepare and decide whether or not they are worth it.

What are the male breast reduction surgery benefits?

Although there are risks involved with male breast reduction surgery, there are also a lot of benefits it can provide.
The main benefit is that it can significantly increase your confidence. Patients who experience large male breasts, often have very little self-confidence. It can really limit your quality of life, causing you to avoid certain activities you might otherwise enjoy such as swimming. With male breast reduction surgery, it can eliminate the excess tissue or fat, giving you a much leaner, contoured chest.

The procedure guarantees long-lasting results. While there is a risk the condition may come back, you should find results last a good few years. The recovery time is also pretty good, with most patients able to return to work within 7 days. It’s a straightforward procedure which is typically carried out on a day-case basis.

So, as you can see, there are risks as well as benefits to male breast reduction surgery that you need to be aware of. Before booking the procedure, it’s worth talking it through with a gynecomastia specialist to determine whether or not it’s right for you.

Lipo or surgery for male breast reduction

If you’ve been diagnosed with gynaecomastia, the treatment choice will be between liposuction or male breast reduction surgery. The question is, which one is right for you?

Below, you’ll discover the difference between liposuction and male breast reduction surgery and how to determine which type of treatment you need.

Liposuction for gynaecomastia

Depending upon the severity of the gynaecomastia, it may be able to be treated through liposuction alone. However, this will also depend upon which type of gynaecomastia you’re experiencing.

Liposuction is typically used to remove excess fat from the body. So, if the gynaecomastia is caused largely by fatty deposits, liposuction will generally be an effective treatment option. It involves suctioning out the excess fat, leaving behind a slimmer, more toned chest. Compared to surgery, it’s not as invasive so the recovery time will be much shorter with this type of treatment.

Male breast reduction surgery

The other treatment option for gynaecomastia is surgery. This involves making an incision and then cutting out excess tissue. True gynaecomastia is caused by a build-up of tissue, rather than fat, making it impossible to eliminate through diet and exercise alone. Surgery is the only way to remove this excess tissue and it’s a relatively straightforward procedure.

Lipo or male breast reduction surgery: which one is right for you?

In order to determine which treatment option is right for you, you’ll need to undergo a diagnosis. This will help identify whether the condition is caused by excess fat, tissue or both. If you are found to have both excess fat and excess tissue in the breast area, you’ll likely be recommended a combination of surgery and liposuction treatment.

If the condition is severe, you’ll also be more likely to need surgery, rather than liposuction. So, it really depends upon which type of gynaecomastia you’re suffering with and how severe it is as to which treatment is right for you.

The best way to identify which form of treatment is right for you, is to book a consultation with a specialist. They will be able to give you an accurate diagnosis and a personalised treatment plan to fit your needs.

Male cosmetic surgery: emerging trend or just a fad?

The number of men seeking cosmetic surgery has increased dramatically in recent years. At one time, 90% of procedures were carried out on female patients, but the gap is certainly starting to close. The question is, is male cosmetic surgery an emerging trend or just a fad that’s sure to pass?

Here, we’ll look at why more men than ever before are choosing to go under the knife and whether it’s a trend that’s likely to stick.

What’s driving an increase in male cosmetic surgery?

The main factors impacting the drive in male cosmetic surgery are said to be social media and selfies. There is also the fact that many employers tend to favour younger, good-looking candidates, causing older men to seek surgery to improve their career options.

Surveys carried out in recent years have revealed that the main reasons men opt to go under the knife are to feel more confident and to look younger.

What types of male cosmetic surgery procedures are popular?

So, what types of cosmetic procedures are men opting for? According to statistics, liposuction, male breast reduction, facelifts, eye lifts and tummy tucks are the preferred treatments for male patients.

Due to the popularity of male cosmetic surgery, there has even been an emphasis on Masculum Clinics.

Is the male cosmetic surgery trend likely to fade out?

The increase in male cosmetic surgery is unlikely to fade anytime soon. Due to improvements within the sector, many treatments are now quick and straightforward, requiring very little downtime.

The ease of seeking treatment and the change in social attitude towards male cosmetic surgery, means men will no longer feel self-conscious seeking a change in their appearance. This is especially true when it comes to male breast reduction surgery. Enlarged breast tissue can cause a lot of embarrassment and stress for men, but surgery can help to quickly eliminate the problem.

If you’re suffering from gynaecomastia, surgery could be the only option. Book a consultation today to discover whether surgery could be a viable option to eliminate your gynaecomastia.

How bad is my gynaecomastia?

If you’re experiencing enlarged breast tissue, it can be understandably embarrassing and frustrating. Gynaecomastia is much more common than you might think, though what you may not know is that there are varying levels of severity of the condition. There are also different types you need to be aware of.

Not all types of gynaecomastia require surgery, so establishing which type you are suffering from is paramount. Here, you’ll discover more about the different types and when surgery may be required.

The different types of gynaecomastia

Most of the time, surgeons classify gynecomastia into two different categories – true or pseudo gynaecomastia. However, there’s actually quite a few different types of gynaecomastia you could suffer from. There are 7 types in total, diagnosed depending upon the severity of the problem.

In terms of categories, true gynaecomastia is caused by excess breast tissue, while pseudo gynaecomastia is caused by excess fat.

Understanding the different grades of gynaecomastia

As well as different types, gynaecomastia can also be split down into different grades. Grade one, is where there is excess tissue based around the areola. Grade two includes a small amount of enlargement with excess tissue extending beyond the areola. Grade three is where the breast starts to have more of a female appearance, whereas grade four causes the breasts to look identical to a woman’s breasts.

Your gynaecomastia treatment options

Your treatment options will very much depend upon the type and severity of the gynaecomastia. If you are experiencing true gynaecomastia, male breast reduction surgery is usually the best course of treatment. However, if the enlargement of the breasts is caused by excess fat, diet and exercise could prove to be effective.

You’ll need to undergo a consultation with a specialist in order to determine which type you’re suffering from and whether or not surgery is the best course of action. Although surgery isn’t typically required for pseudo gynaecomastia, if the excess fat won’t reduce through diet and exercise alone, liposuction or VASER lipo may be required to eliminate it.

Book a consultation with a gynaecomastia specialist today to see whether surgery is the best course of treatment to suit you.

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