This is a common question that we hear from our male patients. In fact, it is becoming an even hotter topic as the American population becomes more overweight and obese each year. At last checking, the percentage of overweight adults in the U.S. is just shy of 36%! Unfortunately, these statistics mean that more of us are fatter, including the male breasts.
Many patients ask us if they have a medical condition called gynecomastia, which causes the male breasts to grow larger while the rest of the body remains at normal proportions. In overweight or obese patients, the answer is usually, “No”. These patients are generally very relieved to learn that male breast reduction surgery won’t be necessary!
Being overweight opens the body up to a host of health problems, but true gynecomastia is not one of them. In cases where we see an obese patient and their breasts are larger than normal, the diagnosis is pseudogynecomastia, or false gynecomastia.
So, how can these overweight patients get rid of man boobs? With a healthy diet and exercise regimen, the body fat all over, including in the breasts, will diminish as they lose weight. In other words, the patient will go back to having normal breast proportions when body fat is normal.
What if it’s Genuine Gynecomastia?
But what if the situation is more serious and the patient has gynecomastia? Here are some signs that it’s true gynecomastia:
- The body is of normal proportions but the breasts are larger.
- The breasts continue to grow and begin looking like female breasts.
- The nipples are larger and firm in one or both breasts.
- The nipples are sensitive to touch due to rubbing on clothing constantly.
The best solution for true gynecomastia is with surgery. The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team have developed unique, laser-assisted gynecomastia surgery to rid patients of these bothersome symptoms with virtually no scarring and very little downtime.
Come in today for a free evaluation to see if this life-changing surgery is right for you. We have two Gynecomastia New York offices in NYC and Long Island and we’re open 6 days a week.