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Guys with Gynecomastia:  Getting Rid of “Man Boobs”

A subject of many jokes, there is nothing funny about fellows afflicted with the physical feminine feature.  Gynecomastia, colloquially referred to as “man boobs,” affects nearly 50% of all men, including pubescent males, at some point in their lives with nearly 200,000 reported cases yearly.  Here, we learn more about this extremely common condition that adversely femininizes the male chest region.

Gynecomastia is the swelling, tenderness, and unwanted enlargement of male breast tissue, most likely due to the reduction of testosterone levels and the increased production of the female hormone estrogen.  Embarrassing and socially emasculating for many men affected with the abnormal physical condition, gynecomastia is easy to self-diagnose and treat with positive reported outcomes.  Generally, there is no serious medical risks associated with gynecomastia, other than the suspected emotional anguish, especially when it comes to dating, sex, and other social interactions.

What Causes Men to Grow Boobs?

There are several reasons a man may develop a perkier set than his significant other.  Here are the most common causes:

  • Hormone imbalances that lead to developing excess fat in the chest area
  • Obesity and lack of physical activity
  • Insulin resistance and poor diet
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Unhealthy lifestyle factors

Treatment for Man Boobs:  Reclaiming Your Masculine Upper Body

If your gynecomastia is found to be due to an imbalance of male and female hormones present in the body, hormone therapy may be required to correct the imbalance.  If, however, your discouraging gynecomastia isn’t due to any underlying medical issue or increase of the female hormone estrogen, it can be deduced to obesity and/or unhealthy lifestyle factors.  Sometimes, just a lifestyle makeover is all it takes to get rid of your man boobs and resume a more masculine-looking chest.  Other times, the abnormal growth of male breast tissue is due to acute insulin resistance and a strict diet overhaul coupled with daily physical activity is enough to burn unwanted “boob” fat from that region and permanently reverse the condition. If none of the aforementioned are affirmed culprits to the development of your gynecomastia, it may be a simple case of unlucky genetics.  Usually, the best way to tell if the condition is due to a genetic predisposition, is when the disorder strikes adolescent boys who are in otherwise healthy, physical shape.  Either way, the most effective treatment approach to permanently eliminating those undesirable male mammaries is through surgical intervention, or male breast reduction surgery.  Here are some ways to turn your feminine torso into a hunky trunk with male breast reduction surgery:

  • Liposuction – The surgical extraction of unwanted fat from the chest region
  • Extended Incisional Technique – The removal of excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, which restores a flatter, more sculpted, masculine appearance to the chest area, while also restoring emotional confidence.  Incisions are often made in the nipple area for imperceptibility and aesthetic quality.

Of course, no gynecomastia case is one-size-fits-all and you’ll need to undergo medical evaluation and aesthetic assessment to determine the best treatment trajectory that will yield the most desirable results. You’re not alone in sporting “man boobs.”  Though much easier said than done, it’s important to keep in mind there’s hope to reclaiming your masculine physique.  Please be sure to contact our highly skilled specialists at The Beverly Hills Breast Institute to learn more about how we can help. 

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Contact our office for more information about how to treat gynecomastia. Dr. Jaime Schwartz, a board-certified plastic surgeon, will talk to you about your needs and help you achieve your aesthetic goals.