Gynecomastia by the Numbers
If you think gynecomastia is a relatively new phenomenon – or at least that it is extra prevalent nowadays due steroid use, or perhaps increased levels of hormones in the food supply – learning a few more facts and figures may be eye opening for you.
Visiting the History of the Procedure section of the website, you’ll find that enlarged male breasts were first referred to with the term “gynecomastia” in the second century A.D. And the first recorded case of male breast reduction surgery was in the seventh century.
The website Medscape.com, a resource for physicians and other health professionals, can tell you even more about gynecomastia and shed light on the numerous causes.
According to Dr. Mark R. Allee, writing for Medscape, gynecomastia can be rooted in physiologic or pathologic causes or both. Physiologic gynecomastia refers to man boobs arising from hormonal swings in babies, adolescents and older men. Pathologic causes refer to other triggers that affect hormone production, including congenital conditions such as Klinefelter Syndrome, various diseases, testicular trauma, drugs and steroids.
In the Medscape article, Dr. Allee gave estimates for the various causes of enlarged male breasts. Interestingly, fully 50% of cases are, in Dr. Allee’s experience, either gynecomastia that persists after adolescence or occurs for no known reason. Read more about causes of gynecomastia here.
You can learn about male breast reduction surgery with a visit to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery’s website. View the organization’s statistics and you’ll see that gynecomastia surgery is consistently among the top five procedures for men, with more than 18,000 patients electing male breast reduction in 2010. The number of men choosing breast reduction increases steadily each year.
Male breast reduction surgery is one of our specialties. We have performed the procedure for thirty years and we derive tremendous satisfaction from helping men feel better about themselves. We treat patients with gynecomastia from NY, NJ, PA and nearby states, as well as many from the far corners of the nation and across the globe.
We welcome you to contact us online or give our Manhattan office a call at 212-570-6080.