Gynecomastia – Causes and Solutions

You exercise and eat right, but you still can’t seem to shake those dreaded “man boobs.” You may feel self-conscious when taking off your shirt in the locker room or at the beach – or, sometimes, you’re uncomfortable about the way your chest looks, even when you have your shirt on.

If this sounds like you, you may be among the 40 to 60 percent of men with gynecomastia, which is a medical condition that causes men to develop excess breast tissue.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

A wide variety of factors can cause men to develop unwanted tissue in their breasts, including genetics, obesity, hormonal changes, aging, and your use of specific prescription medications.

The best candidates for this surgery are in good overall health, are nonsmokers, and have a realistic idea of what results they can expect. Once Dr. Eric Desman has evaluated your medical history and determined the cause of your gynecomastia, your next step may be to undergo a mammogram or breast X-ray to determine what approach will be the most effective. For example, the doctor will need to assess how much fat, glandular material, and excess skin you have to determine whether this procedure is right for you.

What Are the Options for Improving Gynecomastia?

For men living with gynecomastia, excess breast tissue can be a genuine factor that negatively affects their self-esteem and quality of life. If you have this condition, often all the push-ups in the world won’t be enough to sculpt a more masculine-looking chest. For men whose gynecomastia is the result of excess glandular tissue, even exercise and dietary changes will not diminish the size of your breasts.

Men seeking male breast reduction surgery have absolutely no reason to feel ashamed. In fact, it is becoming increasingly popular for men to get this surgical procedure to remove excess tissue and fat and restore their self-esteem.

As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Desman is proud to offer male breast reduction as a specialty in his state-of-the-art practice. In general, during a male breast reduction surgery, the doctor will remove extra glandular breast tissue and tighten the remaining tissue for an uplifted appearance. However, because no two patients are alike, Dr. Desman will take time to craft a surgical plan that’s tailored to your unique needs and the outcomes you are hoping to achieve.

For example, if you struggle with stubborn fat deposits in other areas of your body as well, he may recommend a liposuction procedure in addition to your breast reduction surgery. If you look at our before-and-after photo gallery, you can gain a full appreciation for the results Dr. Desman has helped produce for other male patients.

Take the Next Step – Schedule a Consultation Today

Deciding to undergo male breast reduction is very personal, but the results can be truly life-changing. If you are considering getting this surgery, contact our Alexandria, VA, office today to schedule your private consultation with Dr. Desman.