Treatments for Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia, more commonly known as “man boobs”, is a condition that more than half of all men experience at some point in their lives. It is extremely common during puberty, but 90% of the time it disappears when puberty is over. However, for some men it does not disappear, and they are plagued with abnormally large “man boobs”, or gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia is an immense source of stress, shame and embarrassment that can result in depression and low self-esteem, especially in teenagers. It can make one feel uncomfortable about removing one”s shirt at the beach swimming pool or gym and can inhibit the development of intimate relationships as well. The good news is that gynecomastia is not a physically harmful condition and it is fully treatable.

What causes the abnormal growth of male mammary glands? Primarily, it is caused by a hormonal imbalance in which testosterone is too low or estrogen is too high, overruling normal testosterone levels. This can be the result of genetics, medication, illness, or a host of other factors. There are many causes of low testosterone levels, including anabolic steroid use, testicular and prostate cancers and treatments for prostate cancer.

You may have heard that the answer to gynecomastia is exercise, but because the condition is caused by enlarged mammary glands, it is not affected in any way by exercise. In fact, doing excessive exercises to build the pectoral muscles can actually make “man boobs” even more prominent, as the large mammary glands become perched atop a large mass of muscle.

One of the common myths about gynecomastia is that it always results from lack of exercise, obesity or just plain laziness. Although it is true that one form of this condition, known as pseudo gynecomastia, is caused solely by fat cells and is prevalent in overweight men, genuine gynecomastia is the result of enlarged mammary glands that grow because of hormonal changes in the body. While pseudo gynecomastia can be successfully treated with various liposuction techniques, surgery is the only way to completely eliminate glandular gynecomastia.

Procedures to treat gynecomastia are performed by a cosmetic surgeon, and the cost can be several thousand pounds, depending on the type of procedure and the country in which the surgery is performed. Qualified surgeons in many countries worldwide offer gynecomastia treatments at competitive prices. Surgery for gynecomastia is fairly routine, and the patient can usually leave the hospital the same day that surgery is performed. Liposuction, Vaser Lipo and Smartlipo are effective in cases of pseudo gynecomastia, but have no effect on enlarged mammary glands.

The first thing to do if you suffer from gynecomastia is consult a physician to discuss your options for treatment. Most men are embarrassed to talk about their breasts, even to a doctor, but it is the first step to recovery. It is important to note that sudden appearance of gynecomastia can actually be a symptom of a more serious underlying illness, even some types of cancer. Ignoring such an obvious red flag could easily endanger your life.