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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Embarassing problem with chest and nipples

 theperson1 - Fri Oct 12, 2007 6:50 pm


I am 22 yrs old male and my chest slightly comes out around nipple area like breasts. I hav had this for years - probaly since i was 13/14. I have had it checked from doctor and they say its not harmful. One can get it removed through cosmetic surgery.

However, on the social side it is very embarassing to have this problem and I was wondering if there are ways of reducing the tissues around the nipples through natural methods as i really don't want surgery. Also, it may be useful to know that I am 6'1" and am 11 stone, hence I am not obese.

Thank you.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Oct 13, 2007 12:29 pm

User avatar Hi Theperson1,

What you are describing is generally referred to as gynecomastia (increased breast tissue in men). This is relatively common.

The main issue with this is cosmetic, as you have suggested. This can be addressed surgically if needed. There have been a few medications that claim to help reduce this problem. I am not familiar enough with these medicines to say if they actually work.

You may want to talk with your doctor about this to see if there are newer treatments available.

Best wishes.

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