Having ‘man-boobs’ is a problem that many men face, and it can be embarrassing, detrimental to self-confidence, and the butt of many jokes. Fortunately, surgical and non-surgical treatments exist for treating this condition, called gynecomastia. It can be caused by many things (although much information about this condition is still unknown), like hormones, certain medications, weight gain or loss, or genetics. Certain non-invasive procedures can help treat this condition, such as fat-reducing laser treatments or skin-tightening, but sometimes a surgical procedure is necessary. Here are some ways to know when a surgical treatment is right for you.
You’ve tried diet and exercise
Although it might not seem like it, male breasts are very similar to women’s in that they aren’t always receptive to outside conditions like dieting and exercise. Otherwise healthy men can still struggle with gynecomastia that won’t go away except with a surgical procedure that can yield great results.
Your breast development has stabilized
Gynecomastia can be more common in men during or just after puberty, when hormones can have a greater effect on the body. Many men experience it during this time and grow out of it, but some don’t. Having a gynecomastia treatment during this time can hamper the results, as the breasts can continue to change after the procedure. Be sure that your breasts are no longer changing before you consider a surgical treatment.
You are at or near your ideal weight
Like hormones, weight fluctuation can have a detrimental effect on treatment results. You’ll need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and steady weight after your procedure to ensure that weight gain doesn’t enlarge your breasts once again.
Your enlarged breasts are caused by breast tissue, not fat
This can be a very important distinction when considering the gynecomastia treatment options available to you. While male breasts that are caused by fat can be removed with noninvasive laser or minimally invasive liposuction procedures, breast tissue is much denser and more fibrous, so it must be surgically removed. This can be difficult to determine, so a consultation with Dr. Vasquez can help you find the best treatment option for you.
If you are struggling with enlarged breasts and would like to discuss your options, contact our office.