What Causes Asymmetric Gynecomastia and How to Fix It

Asymmetric gynecomastia is the condition where one of the breasts is of a different size of shape than the other, specifically for a man who has enlarged breasts.

This condition can really be discouraging to men who are trying to cope with it. it can also disrupt the quality of life that the man is used to living, since gynecomastia can cause men to avoid situations when they may have to remove their shirts, or play certain sports.

Asymmetrical gynecomastia can be caused by a hormonal imbalance in the male body, due to a glandular condition if the body is not producing enough testosterone, if there is too much estrogen in the male body, if the man is taking steroids, eating an excess amount of soy or conventionally raised meat, or is overweight or obese.

The breasts do not always enlarge at the same rate or develop at the same speed. This is particularly distressing to a man.

If this is the condition that you are facing, there are only two treatment options for you to consider. The first is breast reduction surgery, and the second is compression clothing. Let’s discuss them one at a time.

Breast reduction surgery for a man can sometimes be the only option considered, since it is the only thing that will bring permanent results and solve the situation once and for all- or so it is hoped. If a man is overweight and has breast reduction surgery but does not lose the excess weight, there is a chance that the condition may return.

If however, the man is of a healthy physical condition and is not overweight, breast reduction surgery is almost always permanent.

There are risks however, and some of them can be serious. There is the chance of infection post-surgery, the risk of excessive bleeding during surgery, risk from being under the anesthesia, the risk of scarring being more severe than the patient expects, post-surgical bleeding, hematoma, the list goes on and on.

Men who are considering having breast reduction surgery to fix asymmetry in gynecomastia should research and make themselves aware of everything that can go wrong and everything that can happen during and after the operation.

Risks must be weighed out against the benefits to decide if surgery is the right option. This surgery can be very liberating for men who are trying to deal with asymmetry in their breasts.

The only other option available to men is to wear compression clothing, sometimes called gynecomastia garments.

These shirts, vests, and body suits are designed to hold the breasts firmly to the chest. Clothing comes in the form of undershirts and athletic shirts. There are various thicknesses and weights of compression, but they are all designed to do the same thing. Compression shirts are safe enough to be worn every day, even for long periods of time.

Gynecomastia clothes can offer men a greater quality of life and allow them to resume normal activity in almost all areas of their lives. Young men and boys who are dealing with the condition can get instant results by wearing compression shirts or undershirts. Their benefit is that no one around them will need to know about their condition.

Young men in a school or social situation will often undergo bullying or teasing to the point that it can scar them emotionally for a long time to come. While wearing gynecomastia shirts will not give them confidence in a locker room situation, it will eliminate the anxiety of almost all other situations they can find themselves in.

When buying compression shirts it’s important to shop in brick and mortar stores where you can try the merchandise on, feel the fabric, get a look at the quality of the item and see what it feels like to wear the clothing.

If you buy something online, you really won’t know what you’re buying until it shows up in the mailbox. You may get something completely different than you thought you were buying. It’s far better to shop in a retail store that is known for its quality clothing.

Try on different compression values and walk around in them for a few minutes. See whether or not they become uncomfortable after five minutes. Move around in them and see if they will do a suitable job.

Be sure to purchase fabric that will wick away sweat instead of just absorb it.

While it may seem at first that gynecomastia shirts are expensive, you can consider it an investment in the quality of life that it will offer you. Compare the cost of a few shirts with the cost of surgery, or the toll that the condition is taking on your social life.

Once you have made the investment, the best way to get your money’s worth out of the garments is to take special care of them during the washing and drying of them:

  • Rinse or gently wash in cold water only, with gentle detergent that will not be harsh on the material. Move clothing around in the sink by hand, in a slow, circular motion. Rinse in cold water, very gently ring out, and hang up to air dry on a plastic hanger.
  • If you must machine wash, do so on the gentle cycle, in cold water only, with mild detergent. Allow the machine to rinse in cold water, and gently spin dry the items. When taking out of the washer, hang on a plastic hanger and air dry completely.
  • Never use hot water to wash your compression shirts. The garments’ integrity will only be useful for as long as they are well cared for, gently worn, and gently washed.
  • Never put the garments in the washer on a regular cycle, as the agitation will greatly compromise the integrity of the items.

It is possible to treat asymmetrical gynecomastia by surgery or wearing compression clothing. The decision must be made on an individual basis, depending on individual needs.