gynecomastia causes
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Gynecomastia is more commonly known as male breast enlargement, and, unfortunately, many men who suffer from the condition have little understanding of why and how the problem occurs.

Male breasts are made of the same types of tissues as women’s breasts: fat and breast gland tissue.

Most men who deal with gynecomastia are looking for non-invasive solutions to the problem, and many wonder if weight loss is the key to getting rid of male breasts.

But does this method actually work?

Pseudogynecomastia & Weight Loss

When a woman’s weight fluctuates, her breasts will most likely change in size slightly. This is also true for men. Obese men often have an enlarged chest area that can resemble the type of female-like breasts seen in men with gynecomastia.

However, true gynecomastia is not comprised of only fatty tissue, and therefore cannot be resolved through weight loss alone. Male breast enlargement due solely to excess weight is known as pseudogynecomastia, which can be resolved with weight loss and lacks the hormonal component of true gynecomastia.

The Hormonal Component of Gynecomastia

The hormonal root of gynecomastia is what makes the condition so difficult to treat. Increased estrogen in the male body allows breast tissue to develop, which will not go away on its own once it is established.

Weight loss may get rid of the fat surrounding this new breast tissue, but in cases of true gynecomastia, some breast enlargement will still be visible in even a very slim and fit man. Take a look at our before and after photo gallery to see some very thin patients who struggled with the condition.

Do You Have True Gynecomastia?

If you’ve been trying to treat male breast enlargement with weight loss, but haven’t been getting anywhere, you may have true gynecomastia. Gynecomastia requires surgical treatment to produce improvement.

No pills, creams, or special exercises can get rid of gland tissue and excess fatty tissue that results from the hormonal imbalance that causes this condition.

The best way to get a diagnosis and explore your options is to meet with a gynecomastia specialist, like our expert New York cosmetic & plastic surgeons. Our renowned specialists offer male breast reduction and are highly knowledgeable about gynecomastia and surgery.

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