FACT OR FICTION
There has been some discussion on gynecomastia.org recently regarding diet, exercise and medications and whether or not it will help the gynecomastia breast, also referred to as “moobs”. I would like to address these issues from my perspective. In terms of diet and exercise, diet will definitely alter the fat content of the male breasts. Gynecomastia is composed of glandular tissue and fatty tissue. The fatty tissue can be altered by diet and exercise; however, the glandular tissue will not be affected. Exercise will help with the development of the pectoralis in terms of making it more bulky or enhancing its definition. This will not alter gynecomastia except pushing it more outward.
In terms of drugs and medication, there has been a lot of false advertising regarding drugs and pills over the internet, stating that they will enhance the removal of gynecomastia. There is no scientific evidence to support these claims, there are no pills or drugs available to reduce gynecomastia. However, drugs that help weight reduction will reduce the overall fat content in the body and in the chest as well, but, as I said earlier, not the glandular component. If one is going through adolescence and one’s hormones are off balance, it is possible that an endocrinologist can possibly adjust them during the early developmental stages. However, once the gynecomastia is established, past puberty and the teenage years, usually it does not resolve. Even action heroes, such as Tom Cruise can develop “man boobs”.
In a good portion of boys with gynecomastia in puberty, it will go away in many cases on its own; therefore, often times we advise patients to wait until the end of puberty unless it is a severe case or has significant psychological issues. For some patients with a milder case, they may be a candidate for the “Light Procedure“. For more information, go to gynecomastiaspecialiast or Dr. Delgado’s website. Dr. Delgado sees patients for consultations at his Bay Area offices, in San Francisco and Marin county.