Male breast reduction is used to address gynecomastia, the medical name for larger breasts in men. Derived from Greek and Latin words meaning, literally, “woman breasts,” gynecomastia is far from uncommon. In fact, an estimated 70% of adolescent males develop the condition to some extent and it is extremely common in middle-aged and older men.
Here, we will look at some common myths about gynecomastia and male breast reduction. If you have questions or you would like to speak with a board-certified plastic surgeon about male breast reduction, please call our office today.
Myth: Gynecomastia is only caused by fat.
The truth is, gynecomastia may be caused by excess glandular tissue, stubborn fat accumulations, certain medications, steroid use, and lifestyle choices like alcohol and marijuana consumption.
Myth: I can exercise my gynecomastia away.
With serious effort, you may be able to eliminate fat deposits in your chest. This will not work on glandular tissue or gynecomastia that has been caused by hormone imbalance. It should be noted that most gynecomastia cases are linked to hormone imbalance.
Myth: Male breasts are a genetic issue.
Once again, gynecomastia is typically related to a hormone imbalance, though it may be caused by fat deposits or fiber-glandular tissue as well. Family history may play a part, but is probably not the root cause of the issue.
Myth: The only way to treat gynecomastia is through male breast reduction surgery.
In adolescent boys, most cases of gynecomastia self-correct over time. In adults, the condition may respond well to combinations of dietary and exercise changes along with hormonal and supplemental nutrition therapies. These things, of course, take time.
Male breast reduction surgery, on the other hand, is quick and incredibly effective. Men who undergo the procedure are typically “back to normal” within five to fourteen days and able to enhance results through more advanced exercises within four to six weeks. While surgery is not the right solution for everyone, it is certainly a good fit for many. Are you ready to learn if it’s a good fit for you?
Please call Sanctuary Plastic Surgery at 561-367-9101 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Boca Raton, we serve Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and all surrounding areas of Florida.