Gynecomastia Do’s and Don’ts
Gynecomastia or male breasts can be an extremely humiliating condition for men. Many men will go to great lengths to be rid of their man boobs.
• Over the Counter Products
We have yet to hear of any product that you can buy that will reduce men’s boobs. The most advertised come in pill form and the only thing that gets reduced will be your wallet. Check the forums on gynecomastia.org and read many comments by men who have tried them.
• Diet and Exercise
Diet and exercise are always recommended but not as a way to reduce male breasts. Unless you have pseudo-gynecomastia (breasts caused by fat only)diet and exercise will not reduce breast tissue. Fat may be reduced but the remaining breast tissue will look even more prominent.
• Taking Hormones
Hormone imbalance is the major cause of breast growth for men. Some men believe if they increase their testosterone level it will reduce their man boobs. This is a big misconception; it can actually increase breast growth as the additional testosterone may get converted into estrogen. Messing with your hormone levels is very risky.
• Compression Vests and Layering of Shirts
For some men they will try to hide their chest by wearing several layers of shirts or wear a compression vest. This may work for some, but the bulkiness will be quite uncomfortable after a time and too hot in the warmer seasons.
• Gaining Weight
In an effort to hide man boobs, some have tried to gain weight with the idea that the breasts won’t be as obvious. This is not a good idea, as the breasts which contain fat cells, will grow bigger as well.
What is recommended is for you to consult with a gynecomastia specialist. Most people today know that they should consult with board certified doctors, but in the case of man boobs, you need to go a step further. In addition to being board certified, you want a surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia and has done hundreds of cases, not just a few a year. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. warns that male breast reduction surgery can be very complex and in the wrong hands you may end up not only dissatisfied but in need of revision surgery. It is best to get it right the first time! When in consultation or even before making an appointment, ask how many cases the doctor does on average each year. View before and after pictures of patients so you can see what type of results you can expect.
For any gynecomastia concerns you may have, call now (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado who has specialized in male breast reduction since 1988.