STAY AWAY! FROM DRUGS as these will fuel gynecomastia and could lead to irreversible growth of breast tissue. However, there are other instances where you could get gynecomastia in puberty and not be pubertal gynecomastia. This could be due to a genetic defect, drug abuse or as a side effect of a medication that you are using to treat another totally unrelated medical condition. If you are over-weight or obese, then there is also the chance of having the visual effect of gynecomastia as a result of accumulation of fat. Gynecomastia in adult men (NOT TEENS) is caused by a number of reasons. You can read the causes of gynecomastia in adult men here.
FAQ on gynecomastia in teenagers
Why do teens develop gynecomastia ?
When boys develop through puberty, their body produces slightly higher amounts of female hormones called estrogens. Estrogens are female hormones that gives women, the female body characteristics like breasts and other bodily and physiological features. Some boys will have a higher than usual level of these estrogens and this naturally results in growth of their breast tissue.
Am I an exception ?
Nothing could be farther from truth. It is estimated that about half of the guys who go through puberty will develop gynecomastia. Only the rate or size of growth differs. Say for example that there are 30 guys in your class, you can safely assume that 15 or half of them will be experiencing the same growth of breast tissue like you. Trust me, you are not alone !.
Will this stay forever ?
Now here is some good news!. Gynecomastia in teenagers should usually go away as you finish your teen years and enter into adulthood. This means, by the age of 20, your chest will start to flatten out and before you know it, it should be gone. You need not be bothered too much about this natural growth that happens to you. Stay calm and give it the time to go away and it will. However, if the breast development stays or continues even after adolescence, then it is a genuine case of gynecomastia.
Should I see a doctor ?
If you feel that you need to see a doctor and confirm this for your peace of mind, then by all means you should. It is recommended that you see a doctor or surgeon specializing in the treatment of individuals with gynecomastia. He would be in a better position to clarify and answer each and every question you may have.