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Can You Get Rid of Man Breasts Without Surgery?

Posted February 27, 2019 in Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia), Male Surgery

Man breasts, man boobs – these descriptive terms refer to a common and very real medical condition called gynecomastia, or the overdevelopment of male breasts. Gynecomastia can occur at any point during or after puberty and affects as much as 65 percent of adult males! If you are struggling to deal with man breasts, the following treatments can help.

Determine the Cause to Find the Best Solution

The key to getting rid of gynecomastia is identifying the cause. With an accurate diagnosis, an appropriate treatment can be recommended. Here are some examples of common causes and related treatments for gynecomastia:

What is Causing Your Gynecomastia?

Some Treatments that Might Help You Get Rid of It

Proven Treatments that Will Permanently Eliminate Your Male Breasts

Overweight: Weight-related male breast development may be pseudo-gynecomastia. While there may be no growth of breast glandular tissue, there is excess fatty tissue in the chest area that creates the appearance of man boobs.

Weight Loss through Diet and Exercise: With weight loss through strict dieting and regular exercise, male breasts may naturally become smaller and even disappear.

Liposuction Surgery: Liposuction can directly eliminate localized fat. This treatment can permanently remove excess fat from your chest area.

Hormonal Imbalances: Especially during puberty and male menopause, hormonal imbalances can lead to the overdevelopment of male breasts.

Hormone Treatments: When appropriate, hormone treatments can help reduce gynecomastia.

Wait: For pubertal gynecomastia, waiting until adulthood may allow gynecomastia to resolve on its own.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery: Surgery is the best treatment when hormone treatments are insufficient or not recommended, or when waiting is unsuccessful or not recommended

Drugs and Steroids: Some recreational or medicinal drugs or steroids may cause gynecomastia, even when they are used for unrelated purposes.

Limit Use: If a specific drug or steroid is causing your gynecomastia, limiting use may prevent gynecomastia from worsening. Ceasing use may help your body resolve it. *Never stop taking prescribed medications without your doctor’s approval.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery: Surgery can resolve overdeveloped breasts caused by drug or steroid use.

Genetics: For many men with gynecomastia, genetics are the cause.


Male Breast Reduction Surgery: If genetics are the cause, male breast reduction surgery is the only treatment.

Cause Unknown (Idiopathic): It is possible that all known potential causes may be ruled out.


Male Breast Reduction Surgery: If the cause cannot be identified, male breast reduction surgery will likely be recommended.

The true cause of your gynecomastia should be identified before any treatment is recommended – even male breast reduction surgery. Otherwise, your treatment may not yield permanent results. For example, drug-related male breast development may recur after male breast reduction surgery if you continue to use the drug. Talk with your doctor to determine the most probable cause of your gynecomastia before attempting any treatment. This is the best way to guarantee successful results.

For some men, combined treatments may be recommended. For example, if weight problems and genetics are both causing your male breasts, you may be advised to lose weight and undergo surgery. Male breast reduction surgery with liposuction is a common treatment for men in this situation.

Surgery WILL Eliminate Gynecomastia

So – “Can you get rid of man breasts without surgery?” The truthful answer is “in some cases, but there are no guarantees.” A better question would be “Is there a guaranteed way to get rid of man breasts?” The answer to that question is “Yes – with male breast reduction and/or liposuction surgery.”

Male breast reduction surgery is most often the best way to get rid of man boobs for good. Your plastic surgeon can surgically remove the excess glandular tissue and localized fat, and the results will be immediately noticeable. Most of the time, this surgery can be performed with minimal scars that are barely visible. For dependable results that will give you the flatter, more masculine chest you seek, schedule your gynecomastia consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrés Taleisnik.