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In popular culture, gynecomastia is often referred to as ‘man boobs,’ and it’s exceedingly common, affecting an estimated 40-60% of men at some point in their life. The breast inflation itself is caused by a build-up of glandular tissue behind the nipple.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

There is no solid, specific cause for male breast growth. It’s thought to be mostly genetic, so some people will get it no matter what, and others will never get it at all. However, there are a few things that have been shown to increase the likelihood of this condition.

Excessive alcohol, marijuana or anabolic steroid use can lead to the growth of breast tissue in some people. If you have gynecomastia and use any of these regularly, it’s a good idea to take a break from them and see if that helps.
Obesity or being overweight. Everyone’s body stores fat in a different place, and sometimes the adipose (fatty) tissue warehouse happens to be directly behind the nipples. If you’re currently overweight and have man boobs you should try a weight-loss regime first, and see if that makes a difference. If you’re losing weight everywhere else, but your breasts remain, then surgery is probably the way to go.
Medications. Some medications contain oestrogen, anabolic steroids and similar intensive ingredients that have unpleasant side effects like the risk of growing breasts. Consultation sessions here at Australia Cosmetic Clinics always includes checking for things like these, just to be sure that surgery is really your best option.

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