Is there a gynecomastia cure other than getting surgery?
I’ve had man boobs for as long as I can remember. I am now 25 years old and want to know if there is a gynecomastia cure. I would prefer to use a combination of natural supplements and exercise, but if that won’t cure the issue, what else will? Is surgery the only option?
It depends on what the underlying problem is. If this is a true gynecomastia and the excess is breast tissue then surgery is indicated. If it is fat, you may be a candidate for treatment with non-surgical fat reduction such as CoolSculpting. Supplements and exercise are unlikely to solve the problem. The starting point should be an in person evaluation to fully diagnose the problem.
Gynecomastia is the swelling of breast tissue in men, and almost always involves a combination of excess glandular tissue and excess fatty tissue. It is often caused by natural changes in the body, as well as some health conditions and medications that can lead to unusually low testosterone or high estrogen levels.
I completely understand your preference for a non-invasive solution, but the bad news is that surgical intervention is the only way for adult men to fix gynecomastia and achieve a defined, flat chest. The good news is that gynecomastia surgery is a safe and effective form of treatment, and the vast majority of my patients are able to achieve great, long-lasting results.
Surgical treatments for gynecomastia can vary depending on your specific needs. If your evaluation reveals that your gynecomastia is largely caused by fatty tissue on the chest, your doctor may opt to use liposuction. Performed under local or general anesthesia, liposuction involves removing excess fat via small incisions made along the areola or in the armpit area.
On the other hand, if your gynecomastia is the result of excess glandular tissue, your surgeon may recommend excision. This allows your surgeon to remove more breast tissue than is possible with liposuction. Alternatively, your doctor may use a combination of liposuction and excision to achieve the best cosmetic results.
The recovery phase is usually fairly short. After surgery, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some side effects such as soreness and swelling, which gradually fade over the coming weeks. I find that most patients are able to return to non-labor intensive work within about a week and can engage in more physically demanding activities within a month.
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Gynecomastia is a very common issue that involves the enlargement of male breast tissue. It is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance in the body, in which estrogen levels are unusually high compared to androgen levels. Imbalances in hormone levels may be caused by aging, certain medical conditions, and some medications including anti-anxiety drugs, chemotherapy, anabolic steroids, anti-androgens, and more.
As it stands, there are no FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment options for treating male breast enlargement. While conventional weight loss strategies such as diet and exercise may be able to remove some of the fatty tissue in the chest area, they cannot remove the hard glandular tissue that lies beneath the nipple.
Similarly, there are no pills or supplements that can help with male breast reduction. Surgery is the only proven solution for gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia surgery is typically very effective and can deliver great results. Depending on your anatomy and specific cosmetic goals, your doctor may recommend excision to remove excess breast tissue and/or liposuction to remove excess fat.
Alternatively, your plastic surgeon may use non-surgical techniques such as CoolSculpting, which removes chest fat by freezing the fat cells beneath your skin. This approach is typically reserved for body fat removal (rather than breast tissue removal), so there's no guarantee that you will be a good candidate for this treatment option.
I strongly recommend booking a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options in more detail. I know that the prospect of male breast reduction surgery can be daunting, but you can rest assured that surgical gynecomastia treatment is widely considered to be safe and effective. Best of all, the results can be maintained permanently if you're diligent about your health.
The bad news is that nothing but surgery can truly fix the problem of gynecomastia. The good news is that, in the right hands, it works perfectly with not a lot of down time. Just seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon with a lot of experience in this procedure. Good luck.
Gynecomastia, which is defined as excess tissue on a male chest, is always a combination of fat and breast tissue in varying ratios. Once breast tissue is established, there is only one way to get rid of it: surgery. There are no high tech machines, no exercises, no diet, no natural supplements, etc, which will remove breast tissue. Fat may diminish with appropriate diet and exercise, but the breast tissue will always remain.
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Elliot w. Jacobs, MD, FACS
New York City
Dr. Elliot Jacobs has 3 Gynecomastia reduction before & afters: