Can gynecomastia go away on its own?

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My left nipple is suffering from what I believe to be gynecomastia. I started to notice this when I was going through puberty and my nipples became sensitive - kinda of like there was a ball inside of them. After time my right nipple began to develop correctly but my left didn't really change much. If it is gynecomastia, is it something that I will eventually grow out of as I get older?

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M, 26, California

Gynecomastia sometimes goes away on its own. It depends on the age of the patient and the cause of the condition. When I went through my pubertal years, I suffered from a mild case of this condition. I was devastated and humiliated from having "man boobs", and wondered if it would ever resolve. Luckily, as I progressed through my teenage years, it did. I spoke to my doctor about it, who reassured me that when puberty is the cause of the condition, it can resolve on its own. However, anyone suffering from the condition should speak to a doctor for other treatment options. Drug use (anabolic steroids or excessive marijuana) and advanced age can also cause gynecomastia, and at times, surgery is the only option.

When I started going through puberty I guess I had a hormonal imbalance because I started noticing a sensitive, lumpy area underneath my nipple. I also seemed to have a puffy nipple on the right side, and it kind of freaked me out. I was only 16 at the time, and so my doctor at the time advised me to wait a few years, suggesting that it might go away on its own. Well, it didn't go away and by the time I was 20, I just wanted to feel normal shirtless. After a quick consultation with a well-known plastic surgeon in my area and a one-time treatment of liposuction and gland excision, I felt like a new man. The procedure was quick, relatively painless, and my right nipple is now permanently fixed.

I got heavy into bodybuilding and screwed up my hormone balance. My body started producing more estrogen (female hormone) because of all of the testosterone that I was doing. As I got older and got a career and a family I stopped working out as much and I now have a pretty bad case of gynecomastia. I am thinking about going to a board certified plastic surgeon to get this treated but I can assure you that if you do mess with anabolic steroids you have to realize there are definitely consequences.

I was told that in certain conditions, gynecomastia goes away on its own. If the condition is not caused by any sort of drug use, it typically resolves itself naturally. This happened when I was in my early teens. Since your testosterone levels are fluctuating so much as a teenage boy, sometimes you could see abnormal breast enlargement. By the time I hit young adulthood, I no longer had to worry about gynecomastia. I have met people with cases of the condition that were caused by recreational drug use, and these cases usually require plastic surgery.

After having gynecomastia for over 3 years it took surgery to remove the excess breast tissue. Because I was concerned about the bigger chest, I went to see a specialist in gynecomastia treatment who confirmed that I had gynecomastia. While it started in my teenage years, I expected the problem to go away on its own after puberty. But, unfortunately it was there two years later after puberty. In men if swelling of the breast is caused by puberty it will resolve on its own or can be cured by taking prescribed medications. However, since this condition didn’t go away then the breast tissue had to be reduced through surgery. For young boys, it’s easy to confuse between fat tissue and gynecomastia especially for those who are obese. For overweight individuals who have not finished puberty its best to attain a healthy weight before opting for gynecomastia surgery.