Can pumping weights and doing cardio help?

Can pumping weights, chest exercises and doing cardios help my gyno problem

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Pumping weights is great, but not if you have untreated gynecomastia

If you have true gynecomastia, with breast tissue causing protrusion of your nipple areola complex, building up your pec muscles through weight training will only push the breast tissue farther out and make your condition look worse.  HOWEVER, building up muscle tissue is always a good thing, and my best gynecomastia results are in patients who have built up their pec muscles.  Once the breast tissue is gone, they have great chest wall muscle definition.

Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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Pumping Weights and Cardio Help Gynecomastia?

If you have pseudogynecomastia, losing weight can help reduce your chest. However if you have true gynecomastia (and most men do) building muscle will only make your chest more prominent. The only way to reduce the male breast is by surgery. Good luck.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment for gynecomastia

Hello.  Thank you for your question. Unfortunately NO. There is no exercise,  no cardio that can correct a gynecomastia. The treatment will always be surgery.   Try to make a consultation with a certified plastic surgeon in your area for a correct treatment.  Have a great day.

Derby Sang Caputo, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
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About Gynecomastia and the Treatment Options

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.
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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Great question (and a common one).  The short answer is no.  Unless the breasts are just fat - then yes.  But most often big breasts in men have a glandular component that won't be affected by weight change. The good news is gynecomastia can be corrected in the office without going to sleep with a procedure.

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Only surgical removal of offending tissue on the chest fixes gynecomastia.  Gynecomastia is resistant to weight loss  and exercises. 

Vasdev Rai, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
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Pumping iron for gynocemastia

Gynecomastia is a condition with excess fat and or excess breast tissue in the chest area. Pumping iron will make the muscle larger and actually contribute to the excess in the chest area. It will not decrease the gynecomastia at all.  If there is a significant fatty component, then dieting and exercise with considerable weight loss may help. Your best option is to see a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in this area. He will be able to differentiate the types of  gynecomastia that you have and present you with a list of options 

Andrew Kaczynski, MD
Sacramento Plastic Surgeon
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Male Chest Issues

As already mentioned, chest pumping exercises will increase muscle strength and muscle tone but will do very little for the other soft tissue on the chest. Diet and exercise will decrease the size of fat cells and may help reduce the gynecomastia. Please consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes!

George C. Peck, Jr, MD
West Orange Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia ("man boobs") and Exercise

Gynecomastia is an abnormal increase in the normal amount of breast tissue found in men (an increase in either breast gland tissue, an increase in breast fat or an increase in both). The chest wall muscles are not a big component of the breast and going to extremes to increase their bulk will not reduce the size of the men breast.  Unfortunately, the most common solution for the majority of Gynecomastia cases which persists into adulthood is surgery. 
Dr. Peter A. Aldea
Memphis, TN

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
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Diet and exercise are an important component of the postoperative treatment plan for gynecomastia. Diet and exercise do not remove the tissue in  the breast and if you build up your pectoral  muscles  it will actually make the gynecomastia more apparent.

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