Can Gynecomastia Be Corrected with Chest Exercises?

Can an existing male Gynecomastia be counteracted by massive chest exercises?

Doctor Answers (21)

Unfortunately not


If you have true gynecomastia then exercise will not improve by exercise. Sometimes it can mask small gynecomastia for a period of time but does not take it away nor does diet.  If it is pseudo-gynecomastia, then this is fat and not breast gland and this can be reduced with diet and exercise.

San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Correction of Gynecomastia?


Thank you for the question.

Unfortunate, gynecomastia cannot be corrected with chest exercises.

Gynecomastia comes from the Greek meaning "gyne" meaning woman and  "mastos"  meaning breasts.  It refers to abnormal development of large mammary glands in males.  The diagnosis can be made by physical examination where relatively firm tissue  (breast gland tissue) can be differentiated from relatively soft tissue (adipose tissue).

Breast prominence due to excessive adipose tissue is called pseudo-gynecomastia or lipomastia.  The differentiation of true  gynecomastia  from adipose tissue is important because the surgical treatment may differ. Usually  physical examination by a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon is sufficient to make the diagnosis  and to determine the best course of treatment.

I have found that gynecomastia is often best treated with  partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue  as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area.  If the prominence of the chest wall is caused by adipose tissue, then liposculpture surgery alone may suffice.

I would strongly suggest that you make sure you are working with a well experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. You will find that this recommendation will be more important than any specific “miracle technology” that you will undoubtedly hear about.

I hope this helps.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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In the vast majority of patients with gynecomastia, exercises will not improve the condition. Many of these patients have identifiable causes of gynecomastia. These may include normal imbalances and the ingestion of specific drugs.

Prescription drugs, alcohol, marijuana, and steroids have all been associated with the development of breast enlargement. In these cases, cessation of the offending agent may reverse gynecomastia, but exercise will have no impact.

In rare cases, where gynecomastia is associated with extreme weight gain, exercise and subsequent weight loss might impact breast size. Unfortunately, this weight loss might be associated with the development of secondary problems such as breast sag.

In addition, extreme exercises may actually make gynecomastia more noticeable. Enlargement of the pectoralis muscles and the lowering of body fat percentages can make gynecomastia more apparent. In some cases, rigorous exercise may be accompanied by the use of dietary supplements and steroids, which have been shown to make gynecomastic worse.

In the majority of cases of male breast enlargement, surgery will be necessary.

Exercise may result in minimal changes, which probably won’t address the patients concerns. It’s important to contact a board-certified plastic surgeon and obtain a consultation. This surgeon should be able to make an appropriate recommendation.

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3. Surgical treatment.

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