How to Get Rid of Enlarged Male Breasts (Gynecomastia)

Surgical and Non-Surgical Solutions for Enlarged Male Breasts

Enlarged male breasts can be attributed to enlarged breast glands that can occur due to one of the following conditions: low testosterone levels, gynecomastia, steroid use, and excess fat. For some people, diet and exercise can reduce body fat. If diet and exercise aren’t making a difference, you can undergo surgery to achieve the desired results. In this article, we will discuss possible solutions for enlarged male breasts.

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Targeted Exercises to Reduce Enlarged Male Breasts

You may be able to minimise the excess fat in your pectoral region by doing chest exercises. These exercises tighten and tone your pectoral and chest muscles. Some of the popular exercise options to try are dips, overhead presses, bent-forward cable crossovers, push-ups, bodyweight flies, low cable flies incline, decline, barbell bench presses, and incline bench cable flies.

You can either work with a trainer to create a customised workout plan or do a bit of DIY planning. For best results, ensure that your workout includes a series of chest exercises.

You can choose either fewer sets and more repetitions or the other way around. It all depends on your personal preference. Once your workout plan is in place, make sure to do it for at least 20 minutes, every day or several times per week. As time passes by, you can increase the frequency and duration as you gain strength. Make sure to take one day a week off to rest.

Over time, you can incorporate different chest exercises into your plan every now and then to keep the workouts fresh and interesting. Balance out your chest exercises with full-body cardio to get the most benefit from the workout. You can also try rowing and swimming for a minimum of 15 minutes a day.

Dietary Changes to Reduce Enlarged Male Breasts

In certain cases, enlarged male breasts are caused by too much estrogen and fat. You can correct it by making a few changes to your diet. Moreover, mindful eating practices can help you stay healthy and in shape.

As a general rule of thumb, increase your fruit and vegetable intake, eliminate packaged and processed foods, and stay clear of soy products, and grains. Your doctor or a nutritionist can guide you in detail on what foods to include and avoid in your diet. If your hormone levels are responsible for enlarged male breasts, eating a diet rich in testosterone and low in estrogen is a good idea.

Consider adding the following testosterone-rich foods to your diet: ginger, tuna, low-fat milk, egg yolks, beans, blueberries, oysters, shellfish, beef, cruciferous vegetables, and macadamia nuts.

Ideally, you can make an appointment with your doctor if you are concerned about your hormonal levels. Your doctor might suggest other therapies or prescribe medication to help balance your hormones.

Herbal Supplements for Enlarged Male Breasts

Herbal supplements can also help treat enlarged male breasts by boosting testosterone levels. Do not consume any supplements without discussing the details with a doctor. There is no scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of herbal supplements in minimising the appearance of enlarged male breasts. However, they can boost testosterone levels which can eventually help your condition.

As per anecdotal reports, the following herbs can help with enlarged male breasts: turmeric, dandelion, milk thistle, passionflower, red clover, and devil’s claw. It is important to note that certain supplements can interfere with some of the medications you might be taking. Hence, it is crucial to always consult your doctor first.

Moreover, buy the supplements from a trusted manufacturer. Your doctor can recommend supplements of a particular brand name to make the process easier. Follow the dosage info as listed on the label.

Cosmetic Surgery Procedures to Address Enlarged Male Breasts

If you aren’t getting the desired results with any of the methods listed above, discuss your concern with your healthcare provider.

FAQs About Enlarged Male Breasts and Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding enlarged breasts and the possible solutions:

What does it mean if you have enlarged male breasts?

Enlarged male breasts are often an indication of an underlying condition such as hormonal changes or an imbalance. In some cases, the use of steroids can also lead to enlarged male breasts. If you have excessive fat in the chest area, it can also cause this but can often be corrected with the right diet, exercise, and in some cases, with the help of liposuction. The choice of treatment will depend on the cause.

What causes enlarged male breasts?

Some possible causes of enlarged male breasts include hormonal imbalances, steroid use, and excess body fat.

How can I get rid of enlarged male breasts without surgery?

In some cases, a combination of diet and exercise can help with the reduction of enlarged male breasts. Based on the cause, the doctor might prescribe certain supplements or medication to help with your condition. Moreover, there are some non-surgical cosmetic treatments that may help.

What are some of the dietary tips to follow that can help reduce enlarged male breasts?

Fat accumulation in the chest area is one of the major causes of enlarged male breasts. Consuming a healthy and balanced diet that is rich in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins can help minimise the size of enlarged male breasts. Some great options to include in your diet are high fibre foods such as vegetables, bran, nuts, seeds, more raw fruit and vegetables, fewer processed foods, foods that don’t have added sugars, whole grains instead of white carbs, low sodium food options, low-fat products, and lean proteins such as beans and fish.

What are some of the surgical procedures that help treat enlarged male breasts?

Here are some of the surgical procedures that can help:

  • Male Breast Liposuction

    The procedure is designed to remove excess fat with the help of a cannula attached to a suction device. Liposuction is done under anaesthesia. Once you are asleep or numb, the surgeon will create a tiny incision. The cannula will be inserted through that incision to break down the fat cells and suction them out. Once the fat is removed, the incision will be closed with the help of a suture or surgical glue.

  • Male Breast Reduction Surgery – Gynecomastia

    This surgical procedure involves the removal of excess glandular breast tissue, fat, and skin. They are removed through various techniques such as liposuction, surgical excision, or a combination of both.

How do I choose a surgeon to get treatment advice about enlarged male breasts?

Only consult with a skilled plastic surgeon who is highly experienced in treating gynecomastia patients. Look for a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in gynecomastia surgery and a proven track record of successful outcomes.

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Next Steps

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