San Francisco Patients Ask Dr. Miguel Delgado for Gynecomastia Cures

Miguel Delgado, Jr., MD

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San Francisco Plastic Surgeon

A rising increase of patients meet with gynecomastia specialist Dr. Delgado, they want to know if there are alternative solutions to male breast reduction surgery such as diet, exercise or medication. Can a man actually get rid of “man boobs” by popping a pill as so many ads promise?

 

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 27, 2011

At one time gynecomastia surgery was an unheard of procedure, now it ranks in the top 5 cosmetic procedures for men and has since 2003, according to statistics published by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). It is no wonder that companies are marketing products to capitalize on such a sensitive condition that plague many men. Dr. Delgado feels it is important for men to know what is fact and what is fiction when it comes to cures for gynecomastia.

 

In searching for a cure you need to search for a cause. For young boys an evaluation by a pediatrician may be in order, they may have an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone. Gynecomastia will affect from 30% to 60% of adolescent boys as they develop. Once out of puberty they may find the gynecomastia has resolved by itself. But for about 30%, the male breast may become permanent, with surgery as an only option. In some cases, men can develop gynecomastia due to a disease such as Klinefelter Syndrome, liver disease, marijuana use or other drugs, to name just a few. Gynecomastia specialists will do a thorough work up of their patient trying to determine the cause; sometimes they will refer their patients to an endocrinologist. In the end it may be genetic or heredity or the answer may remain a mystery, as sometimes the cause is just not known.

 

There are garments designed for men to wear under their shirts that can help flatten their chest, and for some this is a reasonable solution. It does not however solve the issue of being able to go shirtless.

 

Regarding the drugs and medications that are advertised to reduce or cure gynecomastia, there is not any scientific evidence to support these claims. There is some thought that products that contain estrogen blocking agents may arrest the growth of breast tissue, but it will not remove gland that has already developed. Drugs that help with weight loss can be effective if the male breast is caused by fat alone.

 

Exercise and diet has become an obsession for some men in the hopes this will get rid of their moobs. Reduction of body fat can definitely make a difference, if the gynecomastia is caused only by fat. This condition is known as "pseudo-gynecomastia". But for true gynecomastia, a man will have dense glandular breast tissue that can only be removed by surgical intervention. A man with true gynecomastia can end up with more prominent breasts if only fat is removed and not the breast tissue. Some patient's of Dr. Delgado's that have mild to moderate gynecomastia are candidates for the "light procedure" which is much less invasive and has a faster recovery time.

 

For men with moderate to severe gynecomastia, surgery is the only real option to cure this condition. It is important for a man to find a well qualified Board Certified Plastic Surgeon that specializes in gynecomastia to be sure of getting the results of a well sculpted chest. A well sculpted chest can only be obtained by a combination of liposuction for removal of fat and surgical removal of most but not all of the breast tissue.