Gynecomastia is a common problems amongst adolescents. About 60-70% of the teenage boys tend to suffer from gynecomastia, due to hormonal imbalances.
High levels of oestrogen
As a teenager’s body develops through puberty, at times the body produces higher levels of oestrogen. This is a female hormone, which promotes the development and maintenance of female characteristics in the body (i.e breast). This is why high levels of oestrogen in an adolescent’s body leads to the growth of breast tissue. Read more here about oestrogen (estrogen in American spelling).
Other causes for gynecomastia
Gynecomastia affects teenagers between the age of 12 and 14. In most cases, it doesn’t need any treatment as the hormones balance themselves after puberty and the breast tissue disappears.
Another cause of male breast growth in adolescents is the use of drugs, such as marijuana. Very rarely, gynecomastia can be caused by a tumour or liver or kidney disorder.
Usually, gynecomastia among adolescent boys resolves by itself over time, as the hormones balance after puberty.
However, parents should still diagnose and monitor the development of gynecomastia in teenagers. Usually, the specialist will monitor the development of gynecomastia, help to balance the hormones with medication and advise if additional treatment is needed (i.e. surgery).
Since gynecomastia can have a traumatic impact on teenagers, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible, as they are numerous options available to reduce the effects of male breast enhancement or treat it immediately.