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Goodbye Man Boobs

September 7, 2016

More men are saying goodbye to their Man Boobs than ever before. A report published earlier this year by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, shows that more than 40 percent of MEN accounted for cosmetic breast reduction surgeries performed in the Unites States alone. Of the 68,106 breast reduction procedures, a total of 27,456 were performed on men with gynecomastia. This figure represents a 5% increase over the prior year, and a 35 percent increase since 2000.

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Surgical correction of man boobs can take place anywhere from late teens into the aging years, however male breast reduction surgery is most frequently performed on younger men. Society is becoming more appearance driven than ever before, largely due to social media and the pressure to look good in “selfies.” There is nothing more frustrating and embarrassing for a man than having man boobs. Breast reduction surgery can make a big difference in a man’s quality of life by improving self-confidence, self-esteem, relationships, intimacy, and motivation to be active and healthy.

“As plastic surgery is becoming more common and accepted in the U.S., men are beginning to feel more comfortable about coming out of the shadows to be treated for their man boobs.” – Dr. Cruise

Excess breast tissue can occur for many reasons, including hormonal imbalances, anabolic steroids, marijuana, and certain medications (Aldactone, Tagmet, Valium, Proscar, and Aids medications, etc.). Enlarged male breasts can be fibrous or fatty, but is usually a combination of both.

It is not uncommon for teenage boys going through puberty to have some degree of man boobs. The condition will usually subside once hormones stabilize. This process can take a couple of years or longer. If the excess tissue persists, it is considered permanent and will require surgery for permanent correction.

Man boobs which develop during the prime years, is often attributed to steroids, marijuana or one of the medications mentioned above. In these instances, it is highly unlikely to go away without surgical intervention. Men who complain of enlarged male breasts during their aging years, may have always had some degree of excess breast tissue, but now with weight gain, hormonal changes, and skin laxity, the problem is shockingly noticeable.

Diet and exercise is a recommended first course of action for men who are not already fit. If enlarged breasts have a fatty component, this can help decrease the breast size. On the other hand, man boobs can actually look worse if losing weight creates skin excess or enhances the appearance of puffy nipples.

For most men, the best long-term option is surgery. Significant advances have been made in male breast reduction surgery, and as statistics show, now is a great time for men to pursue permanent surgical correction.  To connect with other men suffering with man boobs, visit

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Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Regarded as one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world, Dr. Cruise has gynecomastia-specific content that can be found at Dr. Cruise has dedicated his career to cosmetic surgery but has also had extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is also a member of the Rhinoplasty Society as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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