Gynecomastia is an uncommon condition which can occur in men, in which tissue in the breast area swells due to a hormonal imbalance of oestrogen and testosterone. This swelling can look like female breasts, and can even occur in men who have low body fat levels. This can occur at any time during a male’s life, although it is most likely to occur during a period when changes in hormonal levels are naturally occurring, such as puberty. Taking certain substances that change hormone levels may also cause this issue as a side effect. Although Gynecomastia itself does not pose a serious health risk, many men who have been affected this problem feel upset or embarrassed by their symptoms. If you are one of these men, then you may want to consider gynecomastia treatment.
For some people, the swelling which is associated with gynecomastia can go away by itself, however there is no guarantee that this will happen. What is more, there is little consistency between patients when it comes to the length of time that it takes to recover without treatment. Whereas some sufferers recover within a few weeks of the symptoms beginning, others report that they are left with “breasts” for years. Seeking treatment for the problem is the quickest and most effective way of ensuring that you are no longer left with the visible symptoms that this illness causes.
If you are experiencing embarrassment or even being bullied in relation to the physical symptoms of gynecomastia, it is recommended that you seek treatment. Although gynecomastia itself should not affect your mental or emotional health, it is possible for other people’s reactions to have a serious effect on you and your quality of life. Treatment of the physical symptoms of gynecomastia is a good way to tackle the embarrassment or negative reactions that you may face from others, and therefore alleviate the mental health symptoms associated with this.
For some people, gynecomastia also causes tenderness around the affected area, and can cause nipple bruising and discharge. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms, you are advised to seek medical treatment. If your symptoms do not appear to be related to a lifestyle issue or a medical drug which you are taking, you may also want to seek treatment to make sure that the gynacomastia is not being caused by a more serious underlying issue. Cosmetic treatment is an alternative to medical treatment if only physical symptoms are affecting you.