Gynecomastia

Hormonal imbalance causing the breast tissue to swell in boys or men is called gynecomastia. It is usually caused when the hormone testosterone decreases in amount when compared to the hormone estrogen. Some of the other causes are medications like anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, AIDS medications, anti-anxiety drugs, and chemotherapy, alcohol or drug abuse, etc.

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What is the possibility of breast cancer in men?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 42-year-old male with mast cell activation syndrome. For treatment, I take H1 and H2 histamine blockers daily. Recently, I noticed that my left breast is enlarged or swollen. I recently lost a bit of weight during the home quarantine, and I noticed that my left breast is down...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from discoloration of the skin on the left side of the chest near the underarm, which looks somewhat like a bruise where it is darkest and looks like subtle discoloration where i...  Read Full »

Is it good to have surgery or medication to reduce chest fat?

Query: Is gynecomastia surgery the only solution for even early symptoms of the disorder? do we have any medications to reduce the chest fat at an early stage?  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi Having increased fat in the chest region making it appear like breasts is a common and natural phenomenon in young males. It is because of the hormonal changes the body undergoes during adolescence. Moreover, it is not permanent and the changes return to normal with age. Not all ppl need surgery ...  Read Full »

Can hormonal imbalances cause breast tissue growth in males?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42-year-old male with mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS). Approximately six months ago, I noticed that my left breast was enlarged with apparent gynecomastia. My doctor confirmed this, along with swelling in my left arm, which is larger than my right arm. I also have occasional ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Internal Medicine Physician, Diabetologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Thanks for reaching out, and try to help you to my best, albeit remotely. The first thing is breast enlargement in males (gynecomastia) is usually a painless condition. It can be seen normally seen in obese individuals and certain medical c...  Read Full »

Which tests should I undergo to determine hormonal imbalance?

Query: Hi doctor, My problem is that I am having man boobs and love handles. They just will not go away. I workout and reduced a lot of fat, but the fat in this area is stubborn. I want to know whether there is any hormonal imbalance in my body like high content of estrogen. What tests should I undergo to ...  Read Full »


Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is called gynecomastia which is quite common and needs treatment due to cosmetic reasons. First of all, this may be natural following obesity or due to hormonal imbalance inside you. You need a checkup whether there is any hormonal imbalance. A testicular examination...  Read Full »

Why do I feel sensitivity in my right chest post gynecomastia surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had gynecomastia surgery two years ago. Since then the right side of the chest is stiff and hypersensitive. It becomes sensitive upon contact with whatever I am wearing and it is persistent all day. Is this a result of internal scar tissue?  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Pulmonologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Yes, it is mostly due to the trapped nerve. I can guide you better about medicines and physiotherapy. I will be happy to help you further with medicines.  Read Full »

Is my estradiol level high due to testicular cyst?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21 year old male. I visited a local doctor and he diagnosed a cyst on my left testicle (1.5 cm). He suggested that it is not necessary to undergo any surgery now. Also, I have increased levels of estradiol, bilirubin and SGOT. But, my general medicine doctor suggested that there...  Read Full »


Dr. Raman Tanwar

Andrologist, General Surgeon, Urologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. These metabolic alterations are not because of the cyst. You may rest assured and we can observe the cyst until it causes pain or starts to grow rapidly in size or changes significantly in appearance. Increased estrogen may form from peripheral aromatizing in obese indivi...  Read Full »

Why do I have puffy nipples after liposuction?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male. I had liposuction a year before for gynecomastia. I have been in perfect shape for a while. I have gained a bit of weight recently and noticed the development of puffy nipples. This is bothering me very much. I need some guidance. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Vikram Kumar R

Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetologist, Hair Transplant Surgeon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the breast gland has been excised with the previous liposuction, then it is only fat and it can be reduced with re-lipo or diet and exercise. If the gland was not excised, then it is residual gland and it has to be removed. Please consult your specialist doctor for phy...  Read Full »

What is the possibility of breast cancer in males with tender breast?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-year-old male. I have no previous conditions or problems, and I take no medications. For the last two months, my right nipple (probably under the nipple) I experience pain to the touch. Some days it seems a bit better and some days worse. I have stopped doing weight training...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from pain on your right breast that probably under the nipple and it is painful to touch. Some medical conditions can cause breast pain. When abnormal growth and swelling of breasts ...  Read Full »

Can a male with fatty breasts develop breast cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having rough period. I am worried about my health and about breast cancer as I have fatty breast albeit, rare in men. Also, I had undergone ultrasound before seven months and everything was normal. Before a couple of days, some little red marks had appeared in my chest. When I pres...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First, let me assure you, that the red bump is completely benign not to worry as it is out of the mammary tissue. Now, let me enlighten you some facts about gynecomastia. It is the benign proliferation of the male glandular tissue in the breast. Every enlargement of th...  Read Full »

How is male breast enlargement treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I am overweight for my age. I am wondering whether you could help me out. I also feel that I have male breast enlargement. I just wanted to check what I can do further.  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. For weight loss the most important thing is to determine the calories you are taking in a day. Cut down by 500 calories a day, which may very well be a bottle of soda or a half muffin and bag of chips. This will allow you to lose about 1-1/2 lbs a week. If you add an ...  Read Full »

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