4 Myths About Gynecomastia Surgery

Dr. Atul Kesarwani is the medical director of the Cosmedical Rejuvenation Clinic. As a board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Kesarwani has 30+ years of experience in the field. Read more about Dr. Kesarwani >

 

Many men are uncomfortable taking their shirt off in public. They may also avoid wearing form fitting shirts, because they don’t want to reveal their enlarged male breasts.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is commonly referred to as excessive male breast growth. Gynecomastia treatment removes glandular tissue and fat, through liposuction and/or excision. The surgery may involve tiny incisions made around the areola or in another place.

The result is a flatter chest and a smoother looking contour.

Here are a few myths about male breast reduction:

  1. You can use creams or pills to treat gynecomastia” – Many companies try to market and capitalize on people who are dealing with body issues. They use misinformation to try to convince people to use their creams and take their supplements but these are not effective. The only way to remove excess breast tissue is to undergo gynecomastia surgery.
  2. “All you need to do is exercise to get rid of the extra fat” – When it comes to gynecomastia this isn’t the case. Yes, losing weight can reduce fat in the chest area but glandular tissue can’t be eliminated with simple exercise.
  3. “Your man boobs are just fat” – Men and women’s breasts are made up of breast gland tissue and fat. With gynecomastia, there is an overabundance of breast gland tissue plus there is fat. In some instances, men may be dealing with pseudogynecomastia, which is a different condition that can often be resolved with exercise or making different lifestyle choices .
  4. “It’s all about genetics” – Although genetics can be a factor, any man can be affected by gynecomastia. It can be triggered by things such as the use of recreational drugs, age, the use of steroids, certain medical prescription and more.

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