How Can I Reduce my Man Boobs Wthout a Surgery?


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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.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Man boobs

It may be possible to reduce man boobs without surgery. This depends on how big the man boobs are, and how much percent body fat you have. Generally gynecomastia is found in more obese individuals, so weight loss can sometimes help. However if there is excess skin, then weight loss will not help.  The man boob reduction can sometimes be done with liposuction alone, or may require direct breast tissue removal or even skin reduction depending on the body type.

James Motlagh, MD
Tyler Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Male breast reduction options depend on if it is fat or gland

Basically, no.  You probably can't reduce enlarged male breasts without surgery.  Usually, male breasts contain enlrged breast tissue and options to treat fat like Zerona or cool sculpting won't give adequate results.  Even liposuction, Smartlipo, or Vaser lipo (all surgical options) treat only fat and usually aren't adequate to give desirable results. Usually surgery involving liposuction and gland removal is necessary to give an attractive male chest.  Talk to a doctor that offers all options.

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Many options other than surgery

First visit with your primary care physician to confirm there is no medical cause for your excessive breast tissue such as tumor, endocrine (glands), genetic or medications. Second, consider weight loss if you are at all overweight. Losing fat all over your body will also mean losing fat in your breasts. In addition,  testosterone is converted to estrogen in fat cells, so losing weight can theoretically help decrease the amount of estrogen that can contribute to male breast enlargement. 


Finally, meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss less invasive techniques to treat gynecomastia such as liposuction or one of the many variations, styles, techniques and technologies of liposuction.


Finally, ask about surgery as you may find it more acceptable than you thought as the scars are not noticeable and the recovery is just as quick as less invasive techniques. 

Armin Moshyedi, MD
Bethesda Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

CoolSculpting for "Man Boobs"

We have used CoolSculpting on numerous occasions to treat male breasts with great results.  No surgery, no downtime, you can have the treatment done and go right back to work.

Ben Hugo, MD
Virginia Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Your options

I know of no FDA approved non surgical/non invasive treatment for gynecomastia. If you are seeking non surgical options for mild gynecomastia, I think that Vanquish which uses RF energy, or UltraShape that uses ultrasound rather than Cool Sculpt would be the best option though all are off FDA usage. Surgery is the best option for the vast majority of patients with gynecomastia.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

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