Is there only a surgical treatment for gynecomastia?

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Treating gynecomastia

Healthy male patients with excess breast tissue or unwanted breast development who have no underlying breast disease.Men who desire improved physical and aesthetic appearance should have realistic expectations based on their condition and the procedure performed. You should meet with a board certified plastic surgeon to be able to get a formal diagnosis and to be able to decide on a course of treatment if necessary.

Correction of Gynecomastia

There is no proven way of permanently getting rid of true gynecomastia except surgery. You will find alot of misleading information on the Internet about medications, supplements, etc. that claim to get rid of gyne, but this is just not the case. True gynecomastia has a glandular component, which can only be removed through excision. If your chest is compromised solely of fat, then diet and exercise should help reduce fullness. 

Non surgical alternatives for gynecomastia

The gold standard treatment for gynecomastia is a procedure to contour the chest tissue. Unfortunately, diet, exercise and pills will do nothing to change your gynecomastia. Many patients waste time and money on Internet alternatives that simply don't work. 

We all wish that there was a treatment other than a procedure to remove the tissue but it simply doesn't exist. The good news is that in expert hands the procedure is safe, the recovery very brief and the results life changing. Don't deny yourself liberation and don't delay treatment. Don't be one of those "I wish I had treatment a lot sooner".

Surgery for Gynecomastia

Hi... For true gynecomastia, surgery is the only option.  Other options like exercise or weight loss will not fully treat this condition.  Gynecomastia consists of a combination of glandular tissue (not fat) and fat.  Once formed, it can only be removed with surgery.  Hope this is helpful.  Take care.
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Parham Ganchi, PhD, MD
Wayne Plastic Surgeon
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Is there only surgical treatment for gynecomastia?

Thank you for your question.  Surgical treatment is the effective treatment of gynecomastia.  The gland will be removed as well as liposuction to obtain nice contouring of the chest.  Be sure to see a board certified plastic surgeon for an evaluation.  Best of luck to you!

Chad Robbins, MD
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
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Is there only a surgical treatment for gynecomastia?

Thank you for your question. Surgical excision is the only reliable treatment for gynecomastia. Seek a plastic surgeon who performs many of these procedures, has great reviews and photos, and is an expert in this field.


Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills General Surgeon
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Surgery to Best Address Gynecomastia

According to official statistics, 36% of adult young men and 57% of older #adult men in the United States have this medical condition in one of the four grades. 

About 200,000 to 3 million cases of #gynecomastia are being reported every single year. So if you have #breast #enlargement and you feel you're an exception, please understand that 1 in 3 young adult #men and 1 in 2 older adult men are just like you and have breast enlargement. Several common factors can cause gynecomastia including excessive levels of #estrogen, natural #hormone changes, use of recreational drugs or alcohol, medications and their associated side effects, and, various health conditions. Also, there are different types of #gynecomastia.

There are three types of surgical treatment options available that treat gynecomastia. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will recommend the type best suited for you. The most important decision to be made before performing any surgical procedure is determining whether you are an ideal candidate. Weight, and more specifically body mass index (BMI), need to be considered when deciding. For instance, studies have shown that patients with BMI > 30kg/m sq (placing them in the obese category) have a higher complication rate. Therefore, it is important for patients to be as close as possible to their normal body weight prior to surgery. Not only will this decrease risks of complications, but will also enhance the aesthetic results. Further, normal body weight is different from one patient to another.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Is there only a surgical treatment for gynecomastia?

 In my opinion, the only reliable (and most effective) management of gynecomastia involves surgical excision. When the time is right, seek consultation with board-certified plastic surgeons who can demonstrate significant experience helping patients achieve the types of outcomes you will be pleased with. I hope this, and the attached link, helps. Best wishes.

Reducing Gynecomastia Without Surgery

Unfortunately if you have true gynecomastia, surgery will be your only option. However, if you have pseudogynecomastia (caused by fat alone) it is possible to be treated by liposuction, which is still surgery but less invasive than liposuction and gland excision. If you have moderate to minor pseudogynecomastia you might be a candidate for CoolSculpting which is a non-surgical treatment that freezes then kills fat cells. Good luck

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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For gynecomastia.only glad excision will give u results

For gynecomastia .only glad  excision will give u the proper results with no recurrence.There are no other alternatives

Mordcai Blau, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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