Gynecomastia, also known as enlarged male breasts or “man boobs” is a physically harmless condition that causes major emotional and self-confidence issues, particularly when those who suffer from it are subjected to teasing.
Gynecomastia affects up to half of all males at some point in their lives, and can appear at any age. Because of this, the problem reaches all kinds of demographics, with many people seeking solutions for gynecomastia.
Understandably, most people want a quick and easy fix for the problem, and manufacturers have responded with pills and creams claiming to reverse gynecomastia.
Unfortunately, these treatments simply don’t work. Let’s take a look at why.
Root Causes of Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia occurs when hormone levels in the body fluctuate, causing an excess of the hormone estrogen. This imbalance can result in permanent breast growth when triggered by factors such as genetics, steroids, and recreational or prescription drugs.
In teens, it often resolves itself within two years. Because the problem is hormonal, you might think it would make sense for pills to be able to treat gynecomastia, but this is simply not the case.
Why Pills are Ineffective
Pills don’t work because once gynecomastia has established, there is no way to remove the glandular breast tissue without physically removing it via surgery. Unlike fat, this tissue cannot be reduced through exercise, diet, or pills. Pills and creams that are formulated to “get rid of man boobs” are simply moneymaking endeavors that do not produce the results they promise.
Surgery–A Better Value
While it might seem a lot cheaper to try pills before surgery, you would be wasting money trying these supplements. They are often quite pricey and do not produce results, so you will probably have to undergo surgery anyway.
While gynecomastia surgery costs several thousand dollars on average, the results are impressive and permanent. There are no ongoing costs, and you’ll be on your way to regaining your confidence levels on the day of surgery and beyond.
Finding a gynecomastia specialist can be a challenge, but we are pleased to introduce the experts in our New York centers, who treat hundreds of men each year with male breast reduction surgery at our AAAHC accredited facilities in Long Island. For more information about gynecomastia treatment, call today to schedule your free consultation in NYC or Long Island.