Nobody should have to feel embarrassed about the way they look. For men with a condition known as gynecomastia, or male breast tissue enlargement, it can be a major drain on their confidence and quality of life. While it may feel like you’re stuck with man boobs, the truth is that you have multiple options to get rid of them.
By educating yourself and learning about your options, both in terms of lifestyle changes and clinical treatments, you can put yourself in the driver’s seat. The Innovations Medical team is happy to share the following helpful and practical guide to getting rid of man boobs.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia refers to excessive growth or enlargement of breast tissue in males as a result of a hormone imbalance. In most cases, this imbalance is due to a reduction in testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, and an increase in estrogen, the main female sex hormone. Gynecomastia most often occurs during three phases when there are hormonal changes — around birth, during puberty, and after the age of 50 when testosterone levels decrease.
The hormonal imbalance causing breast tissue growth can be due to:
- Age-related changes
- An underlying medical condition
- Certain medications
- Excessive alcohol consumption or recreational drug use
Gynecomastia can occur in one breast, or in both. There is also a related condition caused by obesity, known as pseudogynecomastia, which causes the appearance of breasts due to fat tissue. In fact, both conditions can exist in overweight or obese men due to the combination of fatty tissue and hormonal imbalance.
5 Ways to Get Rid of Man Boobs
If you have been diagnosed with gynecomastia, or you are just dealing with the appearance of enlarged breasts or man boobs, there are a number of effective options. You can work with your doctor or other treatment professional to take the following steps:
1. Improve Your Diet and Other Lifestyle Factors
For many people, eating a healthier diet can have an impact on man boobs. In addition to helping lose weight, certain foods are associated with improving testosterone levels, including salmon, leafy greens, and avocados. While other foods, particularly processed foods and high sugar foods, can be associated with hormone imbalance. Additionally, reducing alcohol consumption can help with both weight loss and hormone levels.
2. Exercise Regularly
Like your diet, exercising can not only aid weight loss, but can also help boost testosterone and balance hormones. In particular, strength training, both with weights and bodyweight, has been linked with increased testosterone levels and the potential to reduce male breast tissue. Balancing strength training with cardio training can improve blood flow, flexibility, and metabolism which can also improve body shape.
3. If Possible, Cease Medications that Cause Gynecomastia
While this isn’t possible for everyone, if you find out a specific medication is the underlying source of male breast tissue growth, talk to your doctor about exploring substitutes or alternatives. If you are taking a medication for recreational or fitness purposes, such as anabolic steroids, you should definitely take steps to safely cease taking that medication.
4. Get Hormone Therapy
Treatments that help balance hormone levels can potentially lead to a reduction in man boobs. Talk to your doctor about this possibility, although this method can take trial and error and does not necessarily guarantee success.
5. Explore Breast Reduction Procedures
Many men are choosing to undergo a simple breast reduction procedure that can drastically reduce the appearance of man boobs in a very short period of time. This procedure is a form of liposuction that can be performed in an outpatient clinic with little to no downtime.
If you are dealing with man boobs that you want to get rid of and have exhausted all lifestyle and nonsurgical options, Dr. Bill Johnson and the dedicated Innovations Medical team can help!
Male Breast Reduction Procedures at Innovations Medical
At Innovations Medical, we can perform a gynecomastia surgery procedure called Smartlipo. Dr. Johnson combines our Tickle/Vibro Liposuction with SmartLipo Laser Liposuction. This allows for the removal of the fat and skin tightening and this procedure is completely done while you are awake and with minimal discomfort.
Typically, a male breast reduction procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour to perform. Downtime is minimal and most of our patients return to work the next day.
We can perform a preoperative consultation to find out if you are a good candidate.
Contact Innovations Medical for More Information on Male Breast Reduction
If you’re looking to get rid of embarrassing man boobs, Innovations Medical is here for you. Our skilled professionals help you decide which treatment is best for you – keeping you informed and confident in the next steps. We’ve been helping our patients look and feel their best since 2005, and even our most advanced procedures are often minimally invasive.