How to Get Rid of Male Breasts
Posted June 22, 2022 in Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
Gynecomastia, commonly referred to as “man breasts”, “male breasts”, or “man boobs”, is a condition that can cause feelings of embarrassment and psychological distress. If you are a male suffering from gynecomastia, there are ways to help you get rid of your man breasts. Here we will go over the benefits and effectiveness of male breast reduction treatments that could improve your chest shape.
What Causes Male Breasts?
There are a number of different things that can cause gynecomastia. For example, male breasts can result from hormonal changes (such as those that occur during puberty). Gynecomastia can also be caused by obesity, genetic factors, medical conditions, the use of certain drugs or medications, or aging. The majority of gynecomastia cases have no clear cause.
What Are My Treatment Options for Gynecomastia?
Male breast reduction treatments include liposuction, surgical excision, and health and lifestyle changes. For the majority of candidates, liposuction with or without surgical excision will be necessary to effectively eliminate gynecomastia.
Health and Lifestyle Changes: When there is reason to believe that gynecomastia is caused by factors such as obesity or drug use, lifestyle changes can help. For men who are overweight, losing weight can help to flatten out the chest area. When drug or medication use has caused the unwanted side effect of male breast growth, ceasing use of the drug (or adjusting medications) may restore a natural chest contour. It is important to note that for some individuals, lifestyle changes may be insufficient on their own, and liposuction with or without excision may also be advised.
Liposuction: The most common form of gynecomastia surgery is liposuction. Power-assisted liposuction can surgically extract excess fatty tissue from male breasts so that they flatten and reveal a more masculine chest contour. While some men with gynecomastia may also need surgical excision, most affected men can achieve satisfying results with liposuction alone. Depending on the circumstances, even teenagers with gynecomastia may get liposuction for male breast removal.
Surgical Excision: In some cases, liposuction alone will not achieve the desired results, and surgical excision may also be necessary. This involves making an incision and trimming away the excess skin and breast tissue. This approach provides the most dramatic results and is reserved for more extreme cases of gynecomastia.
How Effective is Male Breast Reduction?
Health and Lifestyle Changes: Health and lifestyle changes to get rid of man breasts can be effective if the underlying cause of gynecomastia is clearly understood. For example, weight loss may help to reduce the size of fatty breast deposits in some obese men. However, weight loss will have little or no effect on male breast size if gynecomastia is due to hormonal imbalances.
Additionally, the longevity of the results will depend on the permanence of such changes. For example, if weight loss resolves gynecomastia, future weight gain may result in re-accumulation of unwanted chest fat. Likewise, if an underlying medical condition goes untreated, or if medications are not adjusted to avoid unwanted side effects, male breasts may remain an ongoing issue. However, if permanent health and lifestyle adjustments are made, men may be able to achieve lasting results.
Liposuction and Excision: In most gynecomastia cases, male breast reduction surgery is the only way to achieve long-lasting results. Liposuction and surgical excision are both highly effective male breast reduction surgeries. Men who maintain a healthy body weight and who do not have confounding health or lifestyle factors can enjoy excellent long-term results from gynecomastia surgery. Male breast reduction is an effective way to get rid of man breasts and improve the chest area for most men.
Schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andres Taleisnik to learn more about your gynecomastia treatment options. To book your appointment, call (657) 294-8375 or contact us online today.