Am I a Candidate for Surgery?
Any male who is in otherwise good health but has enlarged breast tissue causing him embarrassment is a good candidate for this surgery. If your breast enlargement is caused by a medical condition, this condition should be treated first before undergoing the surgery.
When gynecomastia develops in older males, it is usually caused by another condition, such as liver or lung cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, overactive thyroid, or by hormone problems, such as cancer of the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, or testicles. Alcohol, marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin use also may cause gynecomastia.
Use of certain medicines may also cause gynecomastia, including:
- Medicines used to treat ulcers (such as cimetidine)
- Medicines used to treat epilepsy (such as phenytoin Dilantin])
- Digitalis and other heart medicines
- Chemotherapy drugs
- Antiandrogen drugs (such as flutamide, cyproterone, and spironolactone)
- Antianxiety and antidepressant medicines (such as diazepam Valium] and tricyclic antidepressants)
- Products containing tea tree oil or lavender oil