It is not uncommon for some men to experience weight gain or a hormonal imbalance that causes them to develop female-like breasts. This is known as Gynaecomastia or ‘man-boobs,’ which is a swelling of the breast tissue that can cause both physical and mental discomfort.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help to reduce this swelling; however, this will sometimes refrain from bringing your breast size to a level you are happy with. If this is the case, male breast reduction surgery at an experienced clinic may be required.
Why Am I Having An Issue With Man Boobs?
Gynaecomastia is a condition that involves abnormally enlarged breasts in men. There is true Gynaecomastia, which is due to enlarged glandular tissues or Pseudogynaecomastia, which is due to the deposition of fat in the breast area.
Gynaecomastia is often due to obesity, the use of anabolic steroids, or hormonal situations that affect the breast and cause it to grow.
How Can I Treat Gynaecomastia Without Surgery?
The most effective non-surgical treatments for man boobs are dieting, Ayurvedic medicines, regular exercise, or a variety of pills that may be of benefit to those who suffer from mild Gynaecomastia.
It is important to note that pre-pubertal or pubertal Gynaecomastia in boys will often resolve itself as hormone levels return to normal.
If you are experiencing significant gynaecomastia that is unaffected by any of the above methods, your best option is to have the excess fat/gland and sometimes skin removed via surgical treatment. This process often involves liposuction and sometimes excision of tissue, and it is appropriate for any male over 18 years of age that is medically cleared for surgery.
How Do I Know If I Should Be Considering Surgery?
The first step is to have a complete medical evaluation done to assess your current situation. It is always a good idea to avoid or quit smoking, and refrain from taking any anti-inflammatory drugs or herbal supplements.
If you have not seen positive results from methods such as diet and exercise, it may be time to book a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon like Dr Yunaev to discuss your situation and the possible treatment options available to you.
If you do opt for the procedure, on average, it will take around two hours and is performed as day surgery. It is often performed under general anaesthesia and involves liposuction, which will remove the extra fat deposits in the chest area.
Why Is Surgery Often The Best Option?
You may find that you have attempted the necessary lifestyle changes required to attain a healthy physique, such as a quality diet and regular exercise, but your breasts seem unaffected.
This is not uncommon, nor is it a reason to give up! Cosmetic surgery is an option to help align these problem areas with the other improving areas of your body. If you are working hard to have the body of your dreams, you want to show it off and be proud of it, don’t let a few stubborn areas create any self-confidence issues.
Want To Know More About Your Options?
Speak to the team at the Breast and Body Clinic today and organise a consultation with Dr Michael Yunaev. During this, you will learn more about the treatments available for your specific situation, bringing you even closer to the body of your dreams.