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Dr. Regina Hampton Dr. Hampton
Breast Surgery
19 years in practice
Drexel University College of Medicine
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How to tell between male breast cancer and temporary puberty boobs?

How to tell between male breast cancer and temporary puberty boobs?

See a doctor: The temporary puberty that you are referring to is called gynecomastia and can be common in men. It is seen at puberty but can also be seen in grown men who are overweight (the man boob) or due to medications. Male breast cancer usually occurs on 1 side and is firm. I recommend getting evaluated by your family doctor who can refer you to a surgeon for complete evaluation.

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Gynecomastia (Definition)

Gynecomastia is enlargement of the breast tissue in male patients. A common reason for it is during the puberty. Other causes are secondary to hormonal imbalnce, liver function abnormality, side effect of certain medications or other drugs, excess alcohol consumption and sometimes unknown causes. It would be best to see a breast care provider to work up its causes and ...Read more


Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I am experiencing enlarged male breasts.

I am experiencing enlarged male breasts.

Male breast tissue: About 1/2 males will undergo a transient nipple/breast enlargement at he onset of puberty. Carrying extra weigh aggravates the issue as part of the enlargement is fat. Most will resolve slowly as other hormonal changes kick in over about a year. If the process is unchanged after 2-3 yrs ; you've made an effort to lose any extra weight, it is time to discuss it with a surgeon. No meds will fix it

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Male breasts question. How big before they flop when you run?

Male breasts question. How big before they flop when you run?

Big enough: This would indicate that one has enough breast tissue to fall below the crease. This can be improved with surgery but may require more scars than a conventional gynecomastia repai r performed through limited incisions.

Dr. Subramaniam Arumugam Dr. Arumugam
Surgery - Plastics
52 years in practice
Andhra University, Rangaraya Medical College AKA University of Health Sciences Vijayawada
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What is the definition or description of: Enlarged male breasts?

What is the definition or description of: Enlarged male breasts?

Gynaecomastia: It is also called by some as Moobs (Man Boobs). During the puberty time many teenage boys develop breasts. But it goes away within three years in most of them. Also a few develop them due to hormone problems or overweight. The answer for that is surgery or leave alone.

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Melatonin caused me temporary male breasts? What are some reasons someone would be sensitive to melatonin?

Melatonin caused me temporary male breasts? What are some reasons someone would be sensitive to melatonin?

Minor mystery: I didn't believe it either, but there are some credible accounts in real medical journals of men who get gynecomastia on taking melatonin and it regresses when it's withdrawn. This remains a puzzler. I'm going to assume (perhaps wrongly) that the melatonin pills were actually what they were supposed to be -- many supplements are not. Glad you're better.

Dr. Mary David Dr. David
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2017 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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Does minor Gynaecomastia serious? Do male breasts go away with cardio exercises? Is it a medical condition that renders one in medical examinations?

Does minor Gynaecomastia serious? Do male breasts go away with cardio exercises? Is it a medical condition that renders one in medical examinations?

Can be serious: Gynecomastia can be a result of obesity or can be caused by high estrogen levels that can result from things like liver disease and some medications. How serious it is in your case depends on what else is going on. It is a symptom not a disease and as such it is just telling you that something needs to be checked out. If obesity is the problem exercise that leads to weight loss will help.

Dr. Steven Harris Dr. Harris
Surgery - Plastics
33 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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How can I reduce male breasts (fatty tissues)?

How can I reduce male breasts (fatty tissues)?

Weightloss / surgery: Sometimes, men develop fat on their chests as a consequence of obesity. This goes away with weight loss, or liposuction or direct excision can surgically reduce the size of the breasts. In other patients, it is breast tissue and not fat. These patients' breasts look bigger as the patient loses weight. Here, direct excision is the best course as weight loss cannot reduce true breast tissue.

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Dr. Joseph Mele Dr. Mele
Surgery - Plastics
28 years in practice
UC Davis School of Medicine
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Is there a medicak problem for over sized male breasts? How do you rectify it? To reduce the size? Exercise doesn't seem to be doing much good. Help!

Is there a medicak problem for over sized male breasts? How do you rectify it? To reduce the size? Exercise doesn't seem to be doing much good. Help!

Male Breasts: The medical term for enlarggement of the male breasts is gynecomastia. It has been nicknamed moobs (man boobs). Excerise helps if the breast enlargement is due to being over weight. If the enlargement is due to breast tissue, surgery is the best treatment.

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Dr. Bryan McIntosh Dr. McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
15 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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How do I get rid of male breasts?

How do I get rid of male breasts?

Possibilities: Large male breasts may be a sign of a hormone imbalance, side effect of certain medications, or due to use of marijuana. Causes such as these are treated by cessation of the causative agent or by taking a different medication. If medical reasons for gynecomastia can be ruled out by your primary physician, a plastic surgeon is the best to see for definitive treatment.

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What is the best workout to get rid of fat under the male breasts?

What is the best workout to get rid of fat under the male breasts?

No spot reduction: That is the problem with weight loss -- there are no methods to target localized fatty deposits. Building up your muscle may camouflage the overlying fat by displacing it but it will not make it disappear or reduce other than systemic weight loss patterns.

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Dr. Todd Sisto Dr. Sisto
Breast Surgery
33 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What are some good chest exercises to get rid of male breasts in teen?

What are some good chest exercises to get rid of male breasts in teen?

There aren't any: In fact, if you're talking about the typical unexplained transient breast enlargement that occurs in some boys during puberty, building up of the pectoral muscles seem mo or prominent. Stop consuming any medications or drugs that might be causing the problem and try to lose weight.

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Dr. Robert Kwok Dr. Kwok
Pediatrics
29 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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I am experiencing enlarged male breasts. I saw online that there is a product called gynexin and gynexol cream, would that help my gymeclmastia?

I am experiencing enlarged male breasts. I saw online that there is a product called gynexin and gynexol cream, would that help my gymeclmastia?

No: Male breast enlargement in healthy teen guys is usually normal (from hormonal changes in puberty) but do avoid obesity. The annual check-up with his pediatrician or family doctor is a good time to show the doctor the breast enlargement and ask about it. A separate appointment can be made if one's check-up is not coming up soon. No "online products" help, but the salesmen love to sell their stuff.

Dr. Greg Sexton Dr. Sexton
Surgery - Plastics
35 years in practice
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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How to get rid of male breasts (man boobs)?

How to get rid of male breasts (man boobs)?

Weight loss: If losing weight does not make them go away, then it might require surgery.

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Dr. Christopher Khorsandi Dr. Khorsandi
Surgery - Plastics
18 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What is the best treatment for gynecomastia (male breasts)?

What is the best treatment for gynecomastia (male breasts)?

Gynecomastia: Enlarged male breasts can come from a number of different causes. Before any treatment can be done, you must first have a complete physical exam and may need bloodwork to rule out hormonal issues. There are a number of medications that can also cause gynecomastia. Once all medical reasons are ruled out, one may consider treatment. You should seek a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

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Dr. Richard Tholen Dr. Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
37 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Can tamoxifen or raloxifene reduce male breasts (gynemostia)?

Can tamoxifen or raloxifene reduce male breasts (gynemostia)?

No.: Male breast enlargement at age 79 is usually due to weight gain and decreasing testosterone, not excess estrogens. Anti-estrogen drugs are not indicated, but full endocrine work up can eliminate hormonal concerns. Gynecomastia is treated with plastic surgery to excise any glandular component (very fibrotic) and liposuction for fatty components. Large breast may require skin removal and tailoring.

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Why does frequent marijuana use cause the growth of male breasts?

Why does frequent marijuana use cause the growth of male breasts?

Estrogen like: The primary component thc possesses estrogen like effects on breast tissue.

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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Will vivelle (estradiol) dots placed on male breasts increase size of the breasts?

Will vivelle (estradiol) dots placed on male breasts increase size of the breasts?

Please Clarify: Many people who are transgendered or have a gender identity that makes them want their body to change will do very dangerous and potentially harmful things to themselves rather than seek out good and understanding and expert medical care. If you wouldn't mind sending me or telling me more about your personal story and needs I can help you find this expert care.

Dr. Donald Kress Dr. Kress
Surgery - Plastics
41 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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I'm 18 yrs old and weigh 95 kgs. How do I get rid of male breasts?

I'm 18 yrs old and weigh 95 kgs. How do I get rid of male breasts?

Multiple treatments: Treatment can be as simple as liposuction with a very small incision to very large incisions and repositioning of the nipples. This is not simple surgery and the most common complication is too much removal causing a "saucer" deformity. Make certain you have this done by and experienced plastic surgeon.

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Dr. Tom Pousti Dr. Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
2017 years in practice
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California
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My brother developed male breasts, he is just 20 years old. He is also not having hair on his chest. What could be the reason?

My brother developed male breasts, he is just 20 years old. He is also not having hair on his chest. What could be the reason?

Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia comes from the greek meaning "gyne" meaning woman and  "mastos"  meaning breasts.  it refers to abnormal development of large mammary glands in males. Although there may be many “causes”, most cases are idiopathic (no specific cause). The use of certain medications, drugs, organ dysfunction (kidney or liver), hormonal imbalances etc. May also be causative.

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Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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