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Do breast buds go away in men or are they permanent?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
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In brief: Normal

Breast buds are the first sign of puberty (passage into the adult form of te species) in humans.
Both genders get them. In males, they degenerate becoming just normal male nipples. In women hey continue to develop into breast tissue. Rarely, breast tissue persists in males, leading to a condition called gynecomastia. This also goes away, but occasionally needs treatment.

In brief: Normal

Breast buds are the first sign of puberty (passage into the adult form of te species) in humans.
Both genders get them. In males, they degenerate becoming just normal male nipples. In women hey continue to develop into breast tissue. Rarely, breast tissue persists in males, leading to a condition called gynecomastia. This also goes away, but occasionally needs treatment.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: In time

Pubertal gynecomastia will occur in 1/3 to 1/2 of males & generally last about a year before fading.
Up to 3 years is noted occasionally before disappearing. Overweight kids can appear to have it from just fat accumulation.If present after 3 years, surgical removal of the glandular tissue & liposuction of any associated fatty tissue may be needed.

In brief: In time

Pubertal gynecomastia will occur in 1/3 to 1/2 of males & generally last about a year before fading.
Up to 3 years is noted occasionally before disappearing. Overweight kids can appear to have it from just fat accumulation.If present after 3 years, surgical removal of the glandular tissue & liposuction of any associated fatty tissue may be needed.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Most the time.

Breast buds occur in more than half of all men during puberty.
They resolve in half of these men in a few years, and about a third of men will continue to have some amount of tissue remain. More information is available here: http://www.Sanfranciscobreast.Com/gynecomastia.Html.

In brief: Most the time.

Breast buds occur in more than half of all men during puberty.
They resolve in half of these men in a few years, and about a third of men will continue to have some amount of tissue remain. More information is available here: http://www.Sanfranciscobreast.Com/gynecomastia.Html.
Dr. Joseph Mele
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2 comments
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Breast buds are not the same as gynecomastia. All humans get breast buds.
Dr. Joseph Mele
There is not enough space in these answers to split hairs. Breast buds are present at birth in both sexes due to the influence of the mother's estrogen but rapidly resolve. Breast buds return at puberty and are normally found in stage II of female breast development. The answer above for men is accurate with regards to breast buds, the link provides additional information. Persistent breast buds in men are treated like gynecomastia.
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