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What if adult men develop gynecomastia? what do you treat it with?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Avoid chest pressure: First, visit your doctor to make sure that the breast swelling isn't actually breast cancer. This is rare in males, but shouldn't be overlooked. Then, if it really is just gynecomastia, it usually goes away within 6-8 weeks if you avoid all touching and unnecessary pressure to the breast area. If it doesn't go away, you may need an operation to remove some of the extra breast tissue.
Dr. Melissa Young
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Treat the cause : A cause for the gynecomastia should be sought, and if one is found, it should be treated. If no cause is found, it can be left alone or surgically reduced.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
General Surgery 31 years experience
Gynecomastia: 1st confirm diagnosis with mammo/and maybe core biopsy 2nd try to eliminate offending medication or problem like obesity, alcohocism etc 3rd check testosterone levels and some other hormones with labs 4th depending upon age of pt, liposuction works very well to surgically treat, or there are some meds to consider such at tamoxifen and arimidex (anastrozole).
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Surgery Helpful.: Assuming a man has achieved a long-term stable weight and there are no “causative agents” involved, surgery may be indicated to treat persistent gynecomastia. It is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. If the prominence of the chest wall is caused by adipose tissue, then liposuction surgery.

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