What Are the Most Popular Male Breast Reduction Methods That Don't Involve Surgery?

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Diet and exercise

Diet and exercise may work if there is excess fatty tissue. All other nonsurgical methods are not FDA approved. These include pills, creams and other "natural methods".

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Male Breast Reduction without Surgery

If a man is overweight, sometimes excess weight can accumulate in the chest. However, many men who are not significantly overweight can develop breast tissue and fat in the breast area. Thisis true gynecomastia that can only be treated with surgery.

Michael Law, MD
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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What Are the Most Popular Male Breast Reduction Methods That Don't Involve Surgery?

There are no known effective "non-surgical" treatments for gynecomastia.  See a board certified plastic surgeon for sound advice.  Good luck and be safe.

John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

John Nguyen, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Can not correct male gynecomastia without surgery

The condition that you are describing is a classic typcial  gynecomastia.  It usually presents as a young adolescent male, possibly a little over weight.  As you mature in to your late teens early 20's and the weight comes down the breasts stay the same.  There is no non-surgical method to correct this problem.  Liposuction is occasionally helpful but if there is any breast tissue under the areola a subcutaneous mastecomy is required.  A full examination is needed to give you more information as to which treatment will be effective.  It does no good to try to liposuction breast tissue as it will not aspirate.

Jeffrey Zwiren, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Male breast reduction without surgery.

Optimal exercise and good nutrition are the first line to achieve the best physique.  Residual fat in the chest creating a displeasing contour must be lipo suctioned.  If the enlargement is glandular, an open surgical procedure is performed.  These procedures are fairly noninvasive in ideal candidates.  See a plastic surgeon to discover what group you are in.

H. Michael Roark, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Non-surgical treament for gynecomastia

Removal of the cause of the gynecomastia:  Weight loss is the patient is obese, stopping any medications that can cause gynecomastia (cannubis, cimetidine, hormones, etc) and maybe patiently waiting if the patient is a normal weight adolescent as he may outgrow it.    Other than those, the treatment is surgical. 

Lisa L. Sowder, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Is there a non-surgical technique for gynecomastia?

Unless you have pseudo-gynecomastia (fat only), the only way to remove breast tissue in the male breast is by surgery. If it is only fat, then diet and exercise may reduce the breast. Be wary of any products that claim they can get rid of gynecomastia, they can't. Some men that do not want to have surgery use compression type vests, which can be found on line.Good luck!

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Minimal invasive Male Breast Reduction Rx of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia surgery is very common in Southern California, especially in Los Angeles. Obviously, no one would like to have to take off their shirt and have people stare at big scars. I have been now performing male breast reduction through a combined method of liposuction and mini-incision in the areola in order to remove the breast glandular tissue. with this technique it is extremly hard to see the scars.

S. Sean Younai, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Non-surgical correction of male breast enlargement

Diet and exercise may help reduce the amout of fat but will not reduce the actual breast tissue. Most guys get very frustrated with this, which is why they ultimately have surgery. Aromatase inhibiters are used off-label and usually supplied by non-physicians in the hopes of reducing the breast tissue. They are usually used together with anabolic steroids to reduce the side effects of brest enlargement. I don't recommend either.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Surgery is The Only Method Of Male Breast Reduction

No form of gynecomastia can be reduced without surgery. There is no diet, exercise or pills, contrary to many touted products and methods, that can spot reduce chest fat or excess breast tissue. The only beneficiaries of these methods are to those that manufacture and sell them. Surgery may not be appealing, but at least it is effective.

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