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Reducing Man Boobs: What Are My Options?

February 4, 2021

Enlarged male breasts, or gynecomastia, are a condition that many men struggle with.  Sometimes called “man boobs,” it can be extremely hard on self-confidence when a man doesn’t feel comfortable taking his shirt off or wearing certain outfits. Even worse, enlarged male breasts can often be the subject of many jokes or ridicule, especially for young men. It’s important to know there are options for getting rid of gynecomastia forever. The first step is a private consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in male breast reduction. Learn what to know about some of the best options for dealing with gynecomastia.

Lifestyle Changes

It’s not uncommon for men who are overweight to have fat in their chest. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy diet, can be an effective way to reduce the appearance of male breasts. Unfortunately, this only produces results if it is in fact fat that is causing enlargement rather than breast tissue. In any case, a healthy diet and exercise regimen can be a good place to start.

Additionally, some drugs like marijuana or those that affect testosterone production can cause male breast enlargement with regular use. Altering your drug use habits can sometimes produce results as well.

Changing Medications

Even for men who are otherwise healthy and near their ideal weight, gynecomastia can still happen because of medication side effects. If you think your medication might be causing breast enlargement, you should start by talking with your physician to determine if there are any alternatives. Switching to another medication or adjusting the dosage may produce results with the right approach. Additionally, there are some underlying medical conditions that can cause enlarged male breasts, so it’s important to explore these possibilities.

Look Into Hormone Imbalances

Enlarged male breasts are especially common for young men going through puberty as the body’s estrogen and testosterone levels fluctuate. Because the body continues to change at this stage, it’s often recommended to simply wait for hormones to become regular as you exit puberty. A majority of men see gynecomastia subside with time as they exit puberty, but some men don’t. In this case, you can begin to pursue other treatment options.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery

If you have true gynecomastia caused by excess breast tissue, surgery is the only option for getting rid of it once and for all. While there are varying degrees of gynecomastia, they are all treatable.

Schedule a Consultation

There are options when it comes to reducing male breasts. To meet with board certified gynecomastia specialist, Dr. Joseph Cruise, we invite you to contact his Newport Beach office by calling or filling out the online form.

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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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