As the American Society of Plastic Surgeons releases their new statistics for 2015, it is clear that cosmetic procedures are on the rise. It is also important to note that one of the fastest growing trends in the United States is the male breast reduction. In the last year, Gynecomastia correction grew more than 5% from 2014. That is a steady incline, but who are these men seeking Gynecomastia correction? Take a look at some of the current numbers to get a better understanding:
Age of Gynecomastia Onset:
Gynecomastia is most common in preteens and older adults, due to hormonal changes, however it can occur at any time.
- 90% of newborn boys will have excess breast tissue, normally dissolving in 3-6 weeks
- 70% of boys will experience large breasts in early puberty
- 20% of those developing Gynecomastia as a teen will carry it into adulthood
- 65% of men over the age of 50 will see an increase in breast tissue
Cause of Gynecomastia:
Gynecomastia occurs when the hormonal balance shifts between androgens (male hormones) and estrogens (female hormones). Men and women naturally have both hormones, but when the normal ratio changes, such as during puberty or aging, or because of the use of certain drugs, breast tissue can develop.
- 20% of those taking certain medications will develop Gynecomastia
- 75% of men taking antiandrogens to treat prostate cancer may see excess breast tissue
- 25% of large male breasts are related to a health problem or medical disorder
- 25% of patients experience Gynecomastia from an unknown (idiopathic) cause
Excessive male breast growth may resolve on its own, but if it persists for more than two years, additional treatment may be necessary. Lifestyle changes can help in some situations, although not always. In this case, a male breast reduction may be recommended.
- 68,106 breast reductions (men and women) in 2015
- 27,456 male breast reductions were performed last year
- 40% of all breast reductions were on men
Every individual situation will be different, so men should talk to their physician about the benefits and drawbacks of a male breast reduction. On average those that do choose surgical Gynecomastia correction find the outpatient procedure worth the investment.
- 3-10 days is a normal recovery time after a male breast reduction
- $5,500 – $8,500 is the common cost range of Gynecomastia correction
- 95% of all patients were satisfied with their male breast reduction, as reported by RealSelf.com
If you are struggling with Gynecomastia, there is only one way to determine your options for correction. You should start with a phone call to a Board Certified plastic surgeon. In Houston, Dr. Paul Vitenas is the number one choice for hundreds of Gynecomastia patients every year. New patient consultations are free at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery; call (281) 668-7370 for more information.