Gynecomastia is an embarrassing condition for men afflicted by it. This medical condition causes excess breast tissue development in men that have been harshly nicknamed as “man boobs.” If you are unsure about surgery, there are a few non-surgical treatments.
Non-surgical treatments for gynecomastia may only work to a certain extent. These treatments can help reduce breast fat but will not eliminate glandular breast tissue. However, men with moderate fatty gynecomastia may find some success and improvement with the following non-surgical treatments and lifestyle changes:
The breasts are made up of glandular tissue and fat. With a healthy diet and proper exercise, you can lose some of this fat, potentially decreasing the size of the breasts. Exercise will also help to rebalance hormones, another possible cause of gynecomastia.
Steroid-induced gynecomastia is a specific type of gynecomastia that bodybuilders often develop because of steroid use. Anabolic steroids are converted into estrogen (the “female” hormone), and this hormone imbalance can result in enlarged male breasts. Alcohol should also be avoided to prevent weight gain and hormone fluctuations.
For men with gynecomastia caused by low testosterone, hormone treatments may improve their condition. Hormone replacement with testosterone will rebalance hormonal levels, limiting the growth of glandular breast tissue.
Some men may find these non-surgical treatments ineffective. Even those with minor breast enlargement may not see an improvement with the non-surgical options mentioned above.
If your enlarged breasts persist and it’s causing a disruption to your life, it may be worth considering gynecomastia surgery. This is the only truly effective way to eliminate gynecomastia and prevent regrowth of breast tissue.
During gynecomastia surgery, glandular tissue is removed, and the remaining tissues are sculpted for a more masculine contour. Liposuction may also be used to remove fat and further define the contours of the chest.
Dr. Joseph Cruise is one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in Newport Beach and the surrounding Los Angeles area. If you want to restore a more masculine appearance and alleviate discomfort caused by enlarged male breasts, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Cruise.
Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 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 lagynecomastia.org. 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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