Why did this happen?
Whether you are a woman or man, all humans are born with mammary (breast) tissue. Mammary tissue is hormonally sensitive. The breast is especially sensitive to the normal hormonal changes that take place during puberty.
In females, estrogen stimulates the growth of this specialized mammary tissue to develop and grow into a breast form associated with feminity. During a woman’s life, many factors (pregnancy, age, disease) will affect the breast size, shape, symmetry, nipple and areolar dimensions.
Similarly, mammary tissue in males will also undergo changes during puberty. In general, estrogen levels are lower in males and mammary development usually does not exceed beyond the pigmented skin of the areola surrounding the nipple. For unknown reasons, many men have continued development of their breasts. If you are a man, progressive growth of your mammary tissue into a feminine breast form is one of the most common and distressing life events. This is medically known as developmental gynecomastia. In the vast majority of these cases, there is no identifiable cause for male breast enlargement. Special medical investigations are not necessary with this common form of gynecomastia.
Breast development in preadolescent children is abnormal and should be medically investigated. Diseases of the pituitary gland or testes may cause prepubescent breast development. Similarly, adult men who develop gynecomastia should be medically assessed for hormonal imbalances caused by recreational drug use (marijuana), medications, illness, or endocrine dysfunction. When breast enlargement in a man takes place only in one breast (unilateral), a more urgent and thorough evaluation to rule out male breast cancer is warranted.
Fortunately, developmental gynecomastia is well managed with male breast reduction. Dr. Chen Lee understands that male breast reduction to treat gynecomastia requires attention to detail. To yield the best possible cosmetic outcome, he will design an individualized surgical plan based on your unique degree of mammary excess.