Gynecomastia, man boobs, moobies – whatever you wish to call it, many men with man boobs may feel self-conscious and left with questions such as “why” and “how.”
It can leave you unwilling to shed your shirt at the beach or take a shower at the gym. All in all, men suffering from this condition usually do not find themselves in the mindset of simply embracing it.
We’re not talking about the kind of man boobs you get when you gain weight. Yes, just like the rest of your body, you can store fat in your breasts, and that can come and go with weight fluctuations. But many causes of actual breast development in men aren’t so simple and this issue affects up to 30% of men.
The first and most obvious cause is being overweight or obese. Fat can be stored in the chest area, giving the appearance of female breasts. The solution to man boobs caused by obesity is often as simple as losing weight.
In some cases, however, gynecomastia is not caused by excess weight and the culprit is a little more complex.
When you develop glandular tissue in your breasts—as opposed to fat tissue—it’s called gynecomastia. The culprits behind full-fledged man boobs largely have to do with your hormones.
The development of extra breast tissue occurs when you have relatively lower testosterone levels or relatively higher estrogen levels. Testosterone suppresses breast growth, while too much estrogen can encourage it.
Alcohol is another cause. While excessive beer consumption can lead to weight gain, studies have shown that it can also lead to higher estrogen level which equal the possibility of gynecomastia.
Anabolic steroids are also sometimes the culprit. Anabolic steroids are essentially synthetic testosterone, some of which can be converted into estrogen by the body. When this happens, it can cause gynecomastia.
The development of gynecomastia can sometimes also come down to some serious health issues such as undetected tumours, but it is best not to jump to these kinds of conclusions. We advise visiting a doctor who will be able to determine whether or not your gynecomastia should be a cause of concern.
Though in saying this, oftentimes, your health may not be suffering due to this condition, but rather, your self-confidence.
For whatever reason you may be suffering from gynecomastia, we understand if it is causing your self-esteem to take a knock. But fortunately, there are procedures out there that can remove these breasts. A male breast reduction can be a very satisfying procedure, leaving you with a firmer, flatter, and more masculine looking chest.
If fat deposition is the cause and the overlying skin has good elasticity, then simple liposuction can be performed through a few small incisions (approx. 5-7 mm) A further incision to remove excess fat and glandular tissue is placed inconspicuously around the nipple and areola region. The skin, over time, will contract, leaving a smoothly contoured and sculpted chest presenting a normal male chest appearance.
The procedure is done under general anaesthesia. Recovery is usually quick, and fitness and more strenuous activities can usually be resumed within 2-4 weeks.