If there is one thing that the tabloids won’t shut up about, it’s boobs. From which female celebs got breast implants to Ben Affleck’s “man boobs.” Thankfully, the rest of us don’t have paparazzi following us around and body shaming us, but many men do have “man boobs” – it’s more common than you’d think.
Some celebrities like Jack Black and Vince Vaughn have made their man boobs and their dad bods part of their goofy and loveable brand. Other men, like Stevie Grice-Hart, have also begun to embrace their man boobs in a male-oriented “Body Confidence Revolution.”
However, not everyone wants to embrace the man boobs looks – and that’s okay! If you wanted your man boobs gone yesterday, then you are in the right place. Read on to learn all about male breast reduction without surgery.
Is Male Breast Reduction Without Surgery Possible?
Yes, it is. Every man’s body is different, so different non-surgical solutions may work to reduce his breast tissue. Life changes like losing weight, reducing use of drugs and steroids, avoiding alcohol, and hormone therapy may be effective for male breast reduction without surgery. In other cases, the extra breast tissue is only temporary and it will go away on its own. This is especially common in teens, who are going through significant hormonal changes.
The best way to know whether a surgical or non-surgical treatment method will work for you is to schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic. Dr. Nadir Qazi will listen to your needs and concerns, then make a recommendation on whether you should go forward with the surgery or if a non-surgical method would work better for you.
What You Need To Know About Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is a condition in which men develop an unusual amount of breast gland tissue, resulting in “man boobs.” It is caused by an imbalance of estrogen and testosterone, which can be genetic or it can be due to life changes, drug use, or medication side effects. Gynecomastia at certain stages of life is completely normal, namely in newborns, teen boys going through puberty, and older men.
While this condition is nothing to be concerned about, many men want to treat it right away because they may experience breast pain and general embarrassment. While it can and often does go away on its own, if you are experiencing swelling, nipple discharge, or pain, it may be time to see a doctor about it sooner rather than later.
Of course, gynecomastia is nothing to be ashamed of. It is natural and happens to a large number of men every year.
If you notice changes to the size of your chest – and not just from gains at the gym – the first step should be to evaluate what medications you are on. Medications including anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, AIDS medication, anti-anxiety medication, certain antidepressants, antibiotics, and certain heart medications can cause gynecomastia. Other substances like alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana, heroin, and methadone may also contribute to a hormonal imbalance that can cause enlarged breast tissue.
Benefits of Treating Gynecomastia
For men who choose to undergo gynecomastia treatment, there are many benefits:
- Less Risk of Pain – As most busty women can tell you, having lots of breast tissue can hurt. They’re sensitive. They’re heavy. They chafe. Sometimes enlarged breasts can cause back pain. Treating your gynecomastia now may save you lots of discomfort down the line.
- Feel More Masculine – It feels good to feel like a man. For many men, being a man means having a masculine body – without man boobs. Having excess breast tissue often takes away from that feeling and leads to discomfort in one’s own body.
- Have More Confidence – There’s nothing like going out on the town and knowing that you look real good. For some men, their gynecomastia negatively affects that confidence, making nights out less enjoyable. One way to get that confidence back is gynecomastia treatment without surgery.
- Clothing Fits Better – Clothing designed for women is meant to fit over breasts, whereas male-oriented clothing, not so much. Extra breast tissue can make your shirts fit differently and cause them to become uncomfortable. If you don’t want to invest in a whole new wardrobe and some man bras to go with your man boobs, then treatment may be the cheaper option.
- Achieve Your Body Goals – Gynecomastia is especially frustrating for men who work hard in the gym to achieve their goal body. Sadly, no matter how many chest presses you do, those man boobs are sticking around. For many men, their chest is the only thing standing between them and achieving their goals. Don’t let a little extra breast tissue stop you! You’ve put in too much hard work to fall short of your desired look.
- It May Be Easier Than You Think – How many of us experience an ailment and put off doing anything about it because we don’t want to go through the hassle? Male breast reduction without surgery may be easier to treat than you might think. In some cases, your man boobs will go away just by changing your medication or laying off the marijuana. Just a few changes and it may be possible for you to be free of your gynecomastia. However, if you keep putting off doing anything about it, you’ll just have to live with the embarrassment and discomfort even longer.
What Are My Options For Gynecomastia Treatment Without Surgery?
Different factors can cause gynecomastia, including lifestyle, medications, and substance use. Because it is caused by a man having more estrogen than normal, it can be difficult for doctors to identify what, exactly, is causing that hormonal imbalance. For this reason, it may take up to a year to determine if your breast tissue can be reduced non-surgically.
The first step is to talk with a doctor and adjust your medications. If your gynecomastia improves after this change, it was likely a side effect. Another change to try is to reduce your consumption of marijuana, alcohol, as well as other drugs like amphetamines and heroin. These substances can cause hormonal imbalances, which can affect the size of your breast tissue.
If making a few changes to medication and habits does not make your man boobs go away, then the next step is to try and lose some weight through exercise and diet. However, it is more unhealthy to crash diet and for your weight to yo-yo than it is for you to have a little extra padding. The best way to be mindful of your health while you attempt to lose weight is to make reasonable, sustainable dietary changes while engaging in a form of exercise that you enjoy. Healthy weight loss takes time, so you will need to be patient with yourself as you watch for signs of breast reduction.
Another option for gynecomastia treatment without surgery is hormone therapy. If your gynecomastia is not caused by external factors like medications or substances, then it will be necessary to treat the cause of it: the hormonal imbalance. Hormone therapy will ensure that your body has the right balance of estrogen and testosterone, which will help reduce the size of your man boobs.
How Surgery Can Help Treat Your Gynecomastia
Dr. Nadir Qazi is a big believer in subtle, natural-looking, non-invasive treatments. He takes a conservative approach to surgical procedures and will only suggest a surgical solution if non-surgical options have not worked. So if you want to avoid going under the knife and get male breast reduction without surgery, then Dr. Qazi is right there with you!
However, in some cases, non-surgical solutions are not effective at treating gynecomastia. After you have waited to see if your man boobs will go away on their own, tried changing medication and substance habits, and tried weight loss, then it may be time to consider a surgical solution.
The good news is that surgery will give you permanent results, so you never have to worry about developing man boobs ever again. That is, unless you gain significant amounts of weight after the procedure. It will also restore your positive body image, confidence, and sense of manliness. And your clothes will fit right again!
There are 3 techniques that are commonly used to surgically achieve male breast reduction:
Liposuction For Gynecomastia
It’s true that more women than men get liposuction every year, but men can definitely do it too. Even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has undergone liposuction to help achieve his physique. Liposuction can be used almost anywhere on the body to remove excess fat cells; it also works very well for treating gynecomastia.
Because it is a surgical procedure, you will undergo general anesthesia. Then, an experienced plastic surgeon on Dr. Qazi’s team will make a small, targeted incision that provides the most access to your breast tissue. A cannula will then be used to suck out the excess fat cells. Fewer fat cells means smaller breast size. It also means that your man boobs have little chance of coming back since the body can’t easily make more fat cells.
After the procedure, you will need to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks in order to minimize swelling and support the healing tissues. You should avoid vigorous exercise for at least 3 weeks, but you will be safe to return to work or school within a few days.
Every man’s body is unique, so Dr. Qazi will give you customized aftercare instructions designed to provide you with the best results.
Male Breast Reduction With Incisional Technique
In more severe cases, liposuction may not be effective for reducing male breast size. Depending on your unique needs, the incisional technique may be used to remove the excess breast tissue and fat cells. For this procedure, Dr. Qazi’s team of plastic surgeons will do everything they can to minimize scarring and expedite your recovery. Incisions are typically made around the edge of the areola or at the natural crease of the chest. This will render the scars quite inconspicuous once you recover.
This procedure is generally performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The recovery process is similar to that for liposuction. You will experience some soreness and swelling, but after a week or so, you will be safe to return to work or school. However, it may take several more weeks before you can safely exercise. Dr. Qazi will give you an exact time frame with regards to when you can resume chest exercises.
The Extended Incisional Technique
Depending on your build and your unique needs, this surgical technique may be used to transform your chest into a more masculine shape. One risk of tissue and fat removal is that you will be left with saggy skin. This often occurs after liposuction procedures as well as after significant natural weight loss. If your goal was to get rid of your man boobs for good, then you definitely don’t want to be left with a sagging chest.
Plastic surgeons at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic in Orange County often utilize the extended incision technique to remove fat, breast tissue, and excess skin. By removing the excess skin as well as the fat tissues and breast glands, the surgical team can ensure that you will not have unflattering, saggy skin after your gynecomastia treatment.
This technique is especially effective for big-boned men. However, with this method, there is slightly more risk that your post-surgical scars will be more visible than with other procedures.
Learn More About Male Breast Reduction Without Surgery & Surgical Gynecomastia Treatment!
Sick of your man boobs? If you’re not ready to embrace the new shape of your chest, Dr. Qazi can help! Schedule a consultation at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic to learn more about the causes and treatments for your gynecomastia. If Dr. Qazi determines that surgery is your best option, then the procedure can be performed in-house by Dr. Qazi’s team of expert surgeons!