Gynecomastia is a medical condition that causes a man to develop excessive breast tissue. If you are living with gynecomastia, you may feel as though your self-confidence and masculinity are affected because of your oversized breasts. You are probably willing to do whatever you can to achieve a flatter, firmer and more attractive chest.
Dr. Arie Benchetrit is a trusted resource on gynecomastia and is often asked by patients what causes the condition and how to treat it. He has received numerous inquiries from men like you who want to know if adjusting their diet or doing targeted exercises can improve gynecomastia. Read on for the answer.
Exercise Unlikely to Eliminate Gynecomastia
True gynecomastia develops due to an excess accumulation of glandular tissue in the male breast. This usually occurs due to hormonal fluctuations during puberty but can also be caused by underlying medical conditions or the use of certain medications. The breasts may or may not accumulate excess adipose (fat) tissue in additional to the glandular tissue.
It is generally impossible to reduce or eliminate glandular tissue with exercise alone. Although exercise can decrease the amount of fat in the breasts and strengthen the chest muscles, working out regularly is usually not sufficient to see noticeable improvement in gynecomastia cases.
Not all men with oversized breasts have true gynecomastia. Some are afflicted by pseudogynecomastia, which develops due to an accumulation of mostly fatty tissue. Fat tissue responds to exercise and diet differently than glandular tissue. Men with pseudogynecomastia may discover that exercising and losing weight has a positive effect on the chest’s appearance.
Comprehensive Treatment for Gynecomastia
If you are not a doctor, it is probably impossible to tell whether you have pseudogynecomastia or true gynecomastia. Your best bet is to consult with our expert plastic surgeon, who will examine your chest and determine the composition of the excess tissue.
If Dr. Benchetrit confirms you have true gynecomastia, the most comprehensive and predictable way to treat it is to surgically excise the excess glandular tissue during male breast reduction. Liposuction can also be incorporated into male breast reduction to remove surplus fat.
Dr. Benchetrit offers a specialized approach to male breast reduction that will give you fantastic results with the least amount of scarring. He can tailor his techniques to your unique needs and desired outcomes. Dr. Benchetrit’s goal is to create a chest that looks masculine and muscular. Though male breast reduction usually leaves some scarring, the scars are usually small and imperceptible as they are situated on the bottom margin of the areola. Patients with severe gynecomastia with an abundance of excess loose skin will have more extensive scars.
To request a consultation with Dr. Benchetrit to discuss your individual circumstances, please call or email us today.