Approximately 40 to 60 percent of all men have some form of gynecomastia, a medical condition referred to by many people as “man boobs.” Many men with gynecomastia struggle to feel confident due to excessively large, woman-like breasts.
Trusted London plastic surgeon Mr Miles Banwell has helped hundreds of men with gynecomastia reclaim their physique and self-confidence. Here, he answers common questions regarding gynecomastia.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, or enlarged male breast tissue, can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal irregularities, certain medical conditions and use of certain medications including anti-anxiety medications and anti-androgens. Scientific evidence shows that genetics may also cause some cases of gynecomastia.
What are the symptoms?
The most obvious symptom of gynecomastia is noticeably large breast tissue and fullness. Some men may experience skin irritation, rashes or chafing, especially after exercising.
Can gynecomastia be prevented?
There is no definitive way to prevent gynecomastia. However, doctors do recommend limiting alcohol consumption and avoiding steroid and illegal drug use. Medications known to cause gynecomastia should be discussed with a doctor.
Can gynecomastia be treated with diet and exercise?
Unfortunately, gynecomastia cannot be treated with diet and exercise, or any other non-surgical methods. The only proven way to correct gynecomastia is through male breast reduction surgery.
What happens during male breast reduction surgery?
During male breast reduction, several small incisions are made around the edge of the areola. Through the incisions, excess glandular tissue is removed and re-sculpted as needed. Excess skin is removed before the remaining skin is re-draped over the flatter and firmer chest. If excess fat is also to be removed, liposuction can be performed. Incisions will be made in the armpit area and the fatty tissue will be broken up and suctioned out.
Recovery from male breast reduction varies patient to patient but most men are able to return to work and normal activities one to two weeks after surgery.
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If you have additional questions about gynecomastia or male breast reduction surgery, we encourage you to speak to one of London’s most trusted plastic surgeons, Mr Banwell. Contact our office by calling or emailing us today.