Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

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7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
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Synergy Plastic Surgery: Mahlon Kerr, MD, FACS

Marijuana and Man Boobs (Gynecomastia): Is There a Link?

Marijuana and Man Boobs - Is There a Link

Gynecomastia commonly known as “man boobs” is on the rise.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recently reported a 30% increase in the surgery to correct the condition in 2012.  Chest contouring is the 5th most common plastic surgery procedure among men.

Marijuana use is also on the rise.  With Americans growing increasingly accepting of the drug’s use we are seeing multiple states completely legalize and many more authorize its use for medical treatment.   It has long been thought that use of cannabis is related to the development of gynecomastia in men.

Approximately 30-40% of men between the ages of 25 and 45 and up to 60% of men age 50 and older are affected by the condition which causes a swelling in the glandular tissue behind the nipple.  Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance with a decrease in testosterone levels.  Estrogen levels are too high and the body reacts by creating more breast tissue.  Studies in animals have shown that the active ingredients in marijuana can decrease testosterone levels.  In humans the association is not as clear, but the National Institutes of Health (NIH) does list marijuana as a cause of gynecomastia on its Medline website.

While the concrete association between marijuana and man boobs has yet to be conclusively proven, the majority of plastic surgeons recommend abstaining from the drug if you experience an increase in breast size.  With increased use of the drug nationwide we will likely see more research focused on its effects in men and the development of increased breast tissue

At Synergy Plastic Surgery we specialize in body contouring procedure of all types.  I routinely perform chest contouring procedure for men and most patients are able to achieve excellent results with minimal scarring and downtime using liposuction techniques.

To learn more about gynecomastia and its treatment call us at 512.244.1444

Dr. Kerr

 

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Austin Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
11200 Manchaca Road, Suite 201, Building 2
Austin, TX 78748
Phone: (512) 244-1439
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get Directions

Round Rock Location: Synergy Plastic Surgery
7700 Cat Hollow Drive #103
Round Rock, TX 78681
Phone: (512) 244-1444
Fax: (512) 244-1445

Monday: 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get Directions

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Dr. Mahlon Kerr and Dr. Ross Blagg are highly regarded plastic surgeons who specialize in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at their offices in Round Rock and Austin, Texas. Dr. Kerr is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Patients travel from throughout the Southwest to have Dr. Kerr or Dr. Blagg perform breast enhancement surgery such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction. They also specialize in body contouring procedures, including plastic surgery after weight loss, liposuction, and tummy tucks. In addition, Synergy Med Spa offers a range of nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, including BOTOX® Cosmetic and injectable fillers. Dr. Kerr and Dr. Blagg serve communities surrounding Northern Austin and other cities, including Killeen, Cedar Park, Leander, and Pflugerville.

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