At Medousa Clinique, gynecomastia operations are one of the many procedures that we have been performing since 2013. We are aware that technology has been improving day by day. That is the reason why we dedicate ourselves to following the latest techniques, technologies, and methods in the field of enlarged breasts for men. We are also proud of how we communicate with our patients.

Gynecomastia at Medousa Clinique

If you consider having a gynecomastia procedure in Turkey, you can visit Medousa Clinique. We offer many medical procedures such as dental, hair transplantation, aesthetic, bariatric surgery, and non-surgical operations. Our clinic serves our patients with love, care, and patience. We are proud of the quality we provide for our patients.

At Medousa Clinique, when our patients encounter our clinic to have gynecomastia procedure, we care about their well-being, comfort, and joy during their treatment. We offer our patients tours that they can join in İstanbul. İstanbul is a very attractive city for tourists. There are many places to visit such as the Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya) Mosque, Topkapı Palace, the Basilica Cistern, the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar, and the Spice Bazaar.

We can provide our patients with fun activities when they come to Turkey to have a gynecomastia procedure. Besides having a lot of places to visit, İstanbul has a rich cuisine that you can taste much delicious food. Turkish breakfast has huge importance in Turkish people’s lives. You should definitely try mantı, kunefe, iskender, kebab and baklava.

What Is Gynecomastia?

As the simplest meaning, gynecomastia is a situation for men having enlarged breasts. Having unwanted enlarged breasts can be the result of an imbalance of hormones (testosterone and estrogen). Surprisingly, gynecomastia does not affect both breasts evenly. Sometimes, it affects one breast. But sometimes it unevenly affects both breasts.

Gynecomastia can be seen in a newborn, a boy, a teenager, and even an old man. This happens when their normal hormonal levels change. Usually, it is not considered a problem. However, especially for teenagers and young adults, it can be a tough condition to deal with. Men with this condition may rarely have pain in their breasts.

In some cases, gynecomastia can disappear on its own. This happens when the hormonal change reverses on the patient’s body. If it remains for a long time and makes the patient uncomfortable, the doctors can suggest medication and even surgery to help.

How Can You Understand If You Have Gynecomastia or Not?

Men who have gynecomastia mostly do not show any symptoms. But sometimes, the disease reveals itself with symptoms or signs such as tenderness and pain on a breast or both breasts, swollen tissue, and sensitivity on breasts and nipples. The signs can be seen on just one breast or both breasts.

Why Does Gynecomastia Occur on Your Body?

1-    Hormones Can Cause Gynecomastia

The main reason why gynecomastia occurs in your body is the changes in hormone levels. When your testosterone hormone decreases and your estrogen hormone increases, it can cause gynecomastia.

Even though it is thought that only women produce estrogen, men also produce limited amounts of estrogen besides testosterone. Also, women produce limited amounts of testosterone besides estrogen. In short, both men and women can produce estrogen and testosterone. There is a hormonal balance.

Gynecomastia can occur at different ages. What are the reasons for those?

a)     What Causes Gynecomastia in Infants?

When infants have gynecomastia, it can be very surprising for their parents. Yet, it is not uncommon for infants to have this condition. More than fifty percent of newborn boys have enlarged breasts. The reason for this situation is the mother’s estrogen level that passes to the baby. It usually disappears in two or three weeks after they are born.

b)    What Causes Gynecomastia in Teenagers?

In the teenage years, a lot of changes happen in a girl’s and a boy’s bodies. The hormonal levels change, and teenagers try to cope with the changes physically and mentally. In some cases, teenage boys can have gynecomastia. However, it usually disappears in a few months.

c)     What Causes Gynecomastia in Middle-Aged Adults?

Many pieces of research have been done about the age range of men who has gynecomastia. It can be seen that the ages 50 to 80 are the ones with which the symptoms of enlarged breasts are felt. Most men with enlarged breasts do not feel any pain or discomfort physically.

2-    The Medication that You Use Can Cause Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia can occur because of the medications that you use regularly. Here is a list of those medications that cause enlarged breasts.

  • AIDS medications
  • Some cancer medications
  • Anti-androgens
  • Anabolic steroids and androgens
  • Anxiety treatment medications
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti-depressants
  • Ulcer medications
  • Chemotherapy
  • Metoclopramide
  • Heart medications

3-    Substances Can Cause Gynecomastia

Some substances can cause gynecomastia. Those substances can be listed as alcohol, amphetamines, anabolic steroids, heroin, marijuana, or methadone.

4-    Diseases Can Cause Gynecomastia

Some of the diseases can affect the hormonal balance, which directly causes gynecomastia. Those illnesses and diseases can be seen on the list below.

  • Aging: Even though it is not an illness or a disease, aging can affect the hormonal levels of your body.
  • Kidney Failure: To be able to treat kidney failure, dialysis is used. Besides many side effects of dialysis, it causes hormonal changes.
  • Starvation: When a man starves or has fewer nutrients than he needs, the testosterone hormone level in his body decreases while the estrogen level stays the same. In this case, gynecomastia is likely to be experienced.
  • Hypogonadism: This is the general definition of the lack of testosterone production of a man.
  • Liver failure / Cirrhosis: Cirrhosis and liver failure can be a result of consuming a lot of alcohol. These diseases can be associated with hormonal changes.
  • Hyperthyroidism: Producing too much thyroxine can differ the hormone levels.
  • Tumors: Some tumors can affect hormone levels.

5-    Products with Herbs Can Cause Gynecomastia

Some herbs can make a change in your hormone levels. Using herbal products can lead to gynecomastia. When you have lotions, shampoos, or soaps that include tea trees or lavender in them, you can have enlarged breasts.

How Can You Avoid Having Gynecomastia?

If you want to prevent having gynecomastia, there are several steps you can follow. Here is a list of advice.

  • Do not drink alcohol too much and too often.
  • Do not use drugs.
  • Eat enough and nutritious.
  • Stay healthy.
  • See a doctor if you have any symptoms or signs.