Gynecomastia (Man Boobs) and Serious Liver Issues: Estrogen Disruptors

Unless you have a perfectly sculpted core and a tight, flat chest, taking off your shirt as a man can be an uncomfortable experience. Clinton Plastic Surgery has the treatments you need to shape and sculpt your upper body, eliminating those dreaded man boobs, a medical condition called gynecomastia. 

What causes gynecomastia? There are many potential causes, including hormones, medications, and medical conditions. Today, let’s explore the connection between male breast development, estrogen disruptors, and liver issues.

Liver Problems and Gynecomastia: What’s the Link?

Liver disease is a common cause of gynecomastia. If you’ve got man boobs, you may want to visit your doctor and check in on your liver. 

Some theories suggest liver damage can make it more difficult for the body to process estrogen, causing it to build up in the body. And when there’s estrogen, breast tissue follows. 

Estrogen? Bet you thought that hormone was exclusive to women.

Estrogen is the female hormone, but men have it too, usually in lower levels. Some of the foods you eat contain estrogen-like compounds called estrogen disruptors. Pesticides, soy products, and insecticides are common examples. Medications can also throw off your hormonal balance. 

When the liver is working properly, it can detoxify estrogen from your body. When the liver is struggling, estrogen levels may build up, causing breast tissue to develop.

What Can I Do About Excess Male Breast Tissue?

If you’re a man with excess breast tissue, know that you’re not alone. Gynecomastia is a very common condition. It will affect most men at some point during their lifetime. It occurs most often during times of hormonal transitions, like during the teenage years or in men over 60. 

If you’re struggling with excess breast tissue, treatment options are available. Dr. Clinton has helped many men throughout the Birmingham area remove their breasts and discover newfound confidence. 

Treatment options for gynecomastia include the following.

  • Liposuction: For breasts that are primarily fatty tissue-based, liposuction is the solution. Dr. Clinton will make a small incision near the chest area and will use a thin metal cannula and suction to remove unwanted fat. This technique offers effective fat removal with minimal downtime. Liposuction only works in fatty breasts with limited glandular tissue. Scarring is minimal. 
  • Surgical excision: Surgical excision is one of our most popular options for treating gynecomastia. Dr. Clinton will use small incisions to remove excess skin and breast tissue. He’ll carefully craft flatter, more masculine contours. This procedure produces dramatic results, even on men with extensive breast development. The amount of scarring you’ll experience will depend on the amount of skin and tissue removed. Dr. Clinton can give you a good idea of what to expect at your consultation. 

It’s possible to treat some causes of male breast development without surgery. If you developed breasts because of weight gain, losing weight can help shrink the breast area. Stopping medications that cause gynecomastia and addressing hormone imbalances can also help. 

If you have gynecomastia in Birmingham, AL, contact Clinton Plastic Surgery at 205-408-9787 to schedule a consultation.