When men develop excess fat in their breasts, it can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and low self-esteem. “Man boobs” are actually quite common and usually go away on their own with lifestyle changes. However, some men suffer from a condition called gynecomastia, which can make reducing the male breasts nearly impossible without surgical intervention.
Clinical gynecomastia is usually caused by a hormonal imbalance. Men can be born with the condition and develop male breasts as they reach their teenage years, or they can develop the hormonal imbalance due to use of steroids or other medications. When clinical gynecomastia is hereditary, surgery may be the only option for achieving a flatter, more masculine chest.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery
If you think you have gynecomastia, you may choose to undergo male breast reduction to alleviate some of the symptoms. Male breast reduction can be a highly effective procedure for reducing the male breasts and creating a more sculpted upper body. Depending on your unique needs, your surgeon may only need to use liposuction to deliver your desired results. For true gynecomastia that involves glandular breast tissue, however, liposuction may be combined with surgical excision.
Nonsurgical Solutions to “Man Boobs”
If your “man boobs” are the result of lifestyle habits rather than a hormonal imbalance, surgery may not be necessary. Before you turn to liposuction, try a balanced workout routine of calisthenics, weight lifting and cardio for six to eight weeks. You may be surprised at the improvements you can see in your physique in only a short amount of time, especially when combined with a healthy diet. If you continue to store fat around your chest after a dedicated workout regimen, it may be time to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic surgeon.
Dr. Anh-Tuan Truong is a Board-Certified surgeon with an impressive list of academic and professional achievements. He has devoted his practice to providing premier cosmetic surgery care for women and men considering body, breast and facial enhancements. See for yourself why so many Chicagoans choose him.