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when will gynecomastia go away?

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Dr. Shady Macaron
General Surgery 20 years experience
Surgery: Adjusting the endocrine levels during the first six months of gynecomastia development may help in its regression. However, after that time frame the breast tissue tends to remain and harden. This leaves surgery as the only treatment option. The surgical procedures include: gland excision, or gland excision accompanied by liposuction.
Dr. Harold Rosenfeld
Plastic Surgery 56 years experience
It varies: Adolescent gynecomastia wil go away by about 18 years of age- if it is going to. It may be due to obesity and require weight loss. Most commonly it requires surgery.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
1-3 Years: Pubertal gynecomastia tends to spontaneously “regress” within one to 3 years after onset. Adult on-set gynecomastia will likely not regress unless it is associated with a condition such as obesity or caused by use of a specific medication or medical condition. Often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest.
Dr. David Levens
Plastic Surgery 39 years experience
May or may not: Most cases of gynecomastia are idiopathic (no known cause). Most commonly, young men going through puberty may have temporary breast enlargement due to hormonal changes. Typically it "goes away" after 3-4 years and therefore it is not recommended to operate right away on a 13-14 year old just going through puberty. Rare hormonal causes may improve when the hormonal problem is addressed.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have gynecomastia or if i'm just fat?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Lose weight...: ...If you still have breasts it's gynecomastia. Or pinch it: if texture is dense and cobblestoney is gland if soft and compressible, it's fat. Compare the feel to an abdominal fat roll. Or you can get an MRI or ct.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Is there a natural treatment for gynecomastia?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Nothing known: Unfortunately there are no known natural cures for gynecomastia other than perhaps avoiding natural estrogenic products.
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A 47-year-old male asked:

Will gynecomastia go away as a side effect once off medication?

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Dr. Sharon Ann Clark
Plastic Surgery 41 years experience
Some, maybe not all: Gynecomastia can present with involvement of male breast tissue (one or both breasts). The breast is composed of gland tissue as well as fatty tissue. Gynecomastia enlarges the gland tissue. The fatty tissue can change breast shape over time. Heavy men can get pendulous breasts. If the skin is stretched for a long time/lacks elasticity, surgery will improve the breast shape. Treat cause early!
A 48-year-old member asked:

I've grade 2 gynecomastia, will it go away over time?

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Dr. Mark Burke
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Not usually at 48.: Are you overweight? This condition can arise on its own or can be secondary to certain drugs (ie marijuana and many prescription meds) and also can be secondary to hormonal problems that may signal a bigger issue. If you aren't simply overweight consider seeing your md. You need a testicular exam, review of your medications, and several blood tests that are not part of routine bloodwork.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Will my gynecomastia ever go away on its own?

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Dr. Rene Perez
Cosmetic Surgery 11 years experience
Likely not: At your age you'll Likely need surgery to remove it. I perform this procedure in Miami, FL

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