The appearance of male breasts, often known as “man boobs,” affects up to 70 percent of men who are over the age of puberty. It is a relatively common condition, yet the emotional and psychological burdens caused by gynecomastia can lead to a lack of self-confidence, a negative self-image, and even depression, among other symptoms. Exercise is one way that some men try to minimize the visibility of their gynecomastia, often to limited results. In some cases, working out and losing weight can somewhat reduce enlarged male breasts, but more often than not visible breasts are composed of glandular tissue in addition to fatty tissue. Exercise may be able to decrease fat and shape the pectoral (chest) muscles, but no amount of weight-lifting or cardio can reduce glandular tissue. Consequently, exercise can have little to no effectiveness for male patients who want to improve their gynecomastia.
A male breast reduction procedure is considered a more reliable method of flattening the chest and restoring more masculine contours. Regardless of whether your gynecomastia is the result of excess fat, glandular tissue, or some combination of both, male breast reduction can surgically remove enlarged tissue with discreet post-operative scars for a natural-looking result. Dr. Neal D. Goldberg has helped many men in and around Westchester gain a more masculine look with male breast reduction. Exploring before-and-after photos of previous cases of gynecomastia can give you an idea of how the procedure can help male patients attain more ideal chest proportions.
If you have any questions, or would like to speak to Dr. Goldberg personally in a consultation, please contact our practice.