Gynecomastia is one of the most troubling conditions for men. It can disturb a male mentally, too, causing self-esteem problems. This problem troubles many males worldwide, and they try to seek help. An effective breast reduction treatment should eliminate the extra tissue or fat and provide a good post-appearance of the chest. Within various treatments, gynecomastia surgery in the chest region is considered the safest and best but can gynecomastia weight loss help? Let’s learn here. 

What Is Gynecomastia?

Breasts consist of glandular tissue and fat. Gynecomastia is a condition where the breast tissue in men’s chest area becomes enlarged or overdeveloped. There is no definite way in which the masculine chest may increase. It could be asymmetrical or symmetrical development in both breasts.

Gynecomastia surgery is the only way to reduce the enlarged breasts. Usually, it is noticed during the adolescence stage when major hormonal changes take place. Some think weight loss is effective more than male breast reduction. Only an experienced plastic surgeon can provide treatment like plastic surgery or hormone therapy other than exercise to get rid of and treat gynecomastia. 

Does Weight Loss Help Get Rid Of Gynecomastia?
Does Weight Loss Help Get Rid Of Gynecomastia?

Signs and symptoms-

  • Rubbery or firm nipples
  • Sensitivity or pain
  • Firmness
  • Changes in masculine chest
  • Increased chest fat, etc.

Gynecomastia Weight Loss: What Are The Types Of Gynecomastia?

There are two types of gynecomastia.

  1. True gynecomastia: It is caused due to excess glandular tissue. It needs male breast reduction. 
  2. Pseudo-gynecomastia: It is caused due to adipose or fatty tissue. It goes away with weight loss and exercise.

Who Can Get Gynecomastia? And What Are The Possible Causes?

Researches say that up to 70% of teenagers develop enlarged breasts because of puberty. Other than this, excess weight in the human body can also cause this condition. The glandular tissue in overweight men becomes filled with excess fatty tissue resulting in gynecomastia. In a total, 65% of older men are affected by it due to no healthy weight maintenance. 

Does Weight Loss Help Get Rid Of Gynecomastia?
Doctor plastic surgeon preparation before surgery to reduce breasts in men,

The main causes of Gynecomastia Weight Loss are as follows-

Natural Hormone Changes

Hormones are the body’s support system. Hormonal imbalances occur naturally. One can not control the production of hormones in the glands but can alter it with enhancers. Moods are also affected by the same. Male hormones include testosterone, estrogen, and more. These work together to create a balance in the body.

Any hormone imbalance like estrogen levels can cause excess tissue to develop and accumulate over the chest muscles. Estrogen is basically a female hormone, and if it is present more than the testosterone levels or androgens, progression of gynecomastia is quite evident. Hormone imbalance can also cause excess chest fat to accumulate as well, resulting in pseudo-gynecomastia. 

Health Conditions

Enlarged male breasts can also be caused due to any underlying health medical conditions. Severe cases of plastic surgery of true gynecomastia have noticed that excess breast tissue takes the space of healthy chest muscles and causes improper body shape. 

Health conditions concerning glands, kidneys, liver, and more are core reasons leading a male towards reduction surgery. Conditions like hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, HIV, AIDS, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, chronic renal failure, malnutrition, cirrhosis, and more are threatening to the masculine chest. One of the biggest and common health conditions associated with gynecomastia is obesity. Board certified plastic surgeons have noticed that unhealthy living is solely the reason. 

Excess fat starts turning into solid fatty tissue, which is more stubborn. Weight loss also becomes difficult. Low or excess estrogen can also disrupt the body’s natural fat melting process. Hence, it is important to keep the body fat at a healthy percentage. 

Does Weight Loss Help Get Rid Of Gynecomastia?
Does Weight Loss Help Get Rid Of Gynecomastia?

Medications

Both natural and synthetic drugs come with a list of side effects.

Natural drugs in herbs are beneficial, but too much of them can cause negative effects that might need hormone therapy. Dong Quai, lavender, tea tree, catechins in herbal tea, and natural components can elevate testosterone levels and produce excess breast tissue. 

Certain medications (synthetic or chemical drugs) are much more severe compared to natural ones. Drugs like-

  • Spironolactone: It is also known as Aldactone and is used for treating heart-related conditions like high blood pressure and heart failure.
  • Ketoconazole: It helps with fungal infections.
  • Cimetidine: It is an H2-receptor blocker and is sold as Tagamet for ulcers and chest burn. 
  • Antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, anabolic steroids, chemotherapy, etc. 
Does Weight Loss Help Get Rid Of Gynecomastia?
Does Weight Loss Help Get Rid Of Gynecomastia?

Will Male Breast Reduction Surgery Help Remove Excess Glandular Tissue?

Yes, an experienced plastic surgeon will reduce surgery on enlarged male breasts and remove excess tissue. This is the only way to treat true gynecomastia in the chest better than any other method. And probably, the most effective treatment. 

FAQ

Does Gynecomastia Go Away If You Lose Weight?

Gynecomastia patients often don’t realize that following a strict sensible diet and exercise routine will only be responsible for overall weight loss and melting of excess fat in enlarged breasts. Losing weight is only effective in temporary pseudo-gynecomastia. But, it is not an effective treatment for true gynecomastia.

If the enlarged breasts result from excess glandular tissue in the chest, then gynecomastia surgery will be helpful. Any experienced plastic surgeon will recommend the same. Remember not to overdo it and stick to a healthy weight to avoid medical consequences. 

Should I Lose Weight Before Gyno?

If you are obese or develop excess fat apart from breast tissue, gynecomastia weight loss will be excellent. Weight loss to remove extra body fat before male breast reduction surgery is helpful for the plastic surgeon to easily get rid of unnecessary breast tissue in the chest during the procedure. Diet and regular exercise are good to maintain health during gynecomastia.

How Do You Know If You Have Gynecomastia Or Fat?  

If you notice any lumps under the nipples or areolar region of enlarged breasts in the chest, it is gynecomastia. It could be painful or sensitive. A physical examination can tell it apart from fat. In some cases, gynecomastia patients have both breast tissues and fat in the enlarged breasts. Here, the reason could be hormone imbalance, certain medications, estrogen levels, underlying medical conditions, etc. 

How Can I reduce My Gynecomastia Naturally? 

Naturally, gynecomastia can go away within 6 months. As a treatment, exercise for losing weight helps to get rid of chest fat. Even exercise post-treatment helps naturally. It is also better to refrain from anabolic steroids and exercise to improve the chest’s appearance. 

Gynecomastia weight loss is ineffective in severe cases. If weight loss doesn’t reduce the breasts, consulting a board certified plastic surgeon is wise. They will direct you towards the most effective treatment options. They use a well rounded approach in male breast reduction plastic surgery. There will not be any excess skin left, and they will make sure to provide a more toned appearance after removing extra tissue in the chest area.