Suffering from man boobs. What can I do?

hello.. im 16 years old teenager boy and suffering from man boobs (this is rly active question i think :) ) about 3-4 years now .. what can i do? just wait until puberty ends? just wait until i get 18 years old? or exercise and eat healthy? please i need your advice.. thanks alot..

Doctor Answers 5

Talk to a plastic surgeon

Gynecomastia is not rare and it can be devastating socially. Running tests on your hormone levels hasn't been recommended for years. If this is interfering with your social life and your parents approve then have the surgery. The techniques for correction are simple (mostly liposuction) but make certain your chosen doctor is board certified plastic surgeon and does them frequently.


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Wait till 18

Pubertal gynecomastia most of times goes away by age 18.  If it persists at that time you will need surgery.

Vasdev Rai, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Suffering from Gynecomastia. What to Do?

A great place to start is with your doctor. There are many causes of gynecomastia, in the early teen years hormones play a role. Your physician can help look for this ( lab studies) and give you some guidance.
Good Luck

Stephen M. Davis, MD, FACS
Green Hills Plastic Surgery
Nashville, Tennessee

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Thanks for your question.  I would recommend all that you have suggested plus having an evaluation by your pediatrician to make sure that your hormone levels are normal and that you do not have a breast mass.

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