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Gynecomastia Does Not Always Go Away With Time

Posted July 31, 2023 in Gynecomastia Surgery

The unexpected development of “man boobs” can cause men to feel self-conscious about their physique and miss out on various aspects of their lives, especially activities at the pool or beach where they have to take off their shirt. And what makes gynecomastia even more frustrating is that it will not resolve on its own regardless of lifestyle changes. 

Because of its permanence, cosmetic surgery is the only way to address and eliminate gynecomastia.

Young man in a lose fitting white tshirt

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia results from excess fat and/or breast tissue in the chest. 

This condition is ultimately caused by a hormonal imbalance of testosterone and estrogen in the body, which occurs due to various reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Drug use
  • Steroid use
  • Certain medications
  • Puberty
  • Other natural causes. 

Unfortunately, once gynecomastia develops, it usually becomes permanent. Even if you stop the drug, steroid, or medication causing the condition, the tissue will remain. Additionally, exercise and diet often cannot get rid of stubborn fat in the chest. The most common reason for gynecomastia is hormone imbalance during puberty, leading to the development of man boobs.

Because of the stubbornness of this condition, gynecomastia correction surgery is the only way to successfully remove gynecomastia and give you the normal chest appearance you desire. 

How Can Gynecomastia Surgery Help?

The specific approach to your gynecomastia surgery depends largely on the reasons for your gynecomastia. If your gynecomastia is caused solely by excess subcutaneous fat in the chest, liposuction either tumescent liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, or ultrasonic liposuction will be used to remove the pockets of stubborn fat. 

If your gynecomastia is due to excess breast tissue, Dr. Lo will surgically remove the excess tissue to sculpt a more contoured chest. This procedure is called subcutaneous mastectomy or 

“cutting out the glands.”

Most often, gynecomastia is caused by a combination of excess fat and breast gland tissue. In this situation, a combination of liposuction and breast gland removal will be performed. 

When Should You Consider Gynecomastia Surgery?

Many boys develop gynecomastia as they go through puberty. This is because their hormones are constantly changing during this period. For some of these boys, their gynecomastia will resolve itself after they are finished with puberty; however, many young men are left with male breasts as they go into adulthood. 

Once this happens, gynecomastia becomes permanent. This is why we recommend correction surgery for adult males who still struggle with gynecomastia. 

What Are the Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery?

If you struggle with gynecomastia, you know how embarrassing this condition can be. In addition to feeling uncomfortable swimming and enjoying the beach, gynecomastia prevents you from taking your shirt off, causing you to wear baggy loose clothing to cover the man boobs. You may even feel uncomfortable during intimate times with your partner. However, gynecomastia surgery can help give you the confidence you’ve been missing.

There are many benefits, both physically and psychologically, that gynecomastia surgery offers, including achieving a more normal masculine chest and feeling more comfortable with the way you look. After your gynecomastia surgery, you can take control of your life and participate in all your favorite activities. 

There’s no sense in being unhappy or self-conscious about how you look: start your journey toward achieving a chest you can feel proud of!

Do You Want to Learn More About Gynecomastia Surgery in Philadelphia and New Jersey?

If you think you may be a candidate for gynecomastia correction surgery, please call us at (215) 829-6900 or complete our online form here. We look forward to helping you look and feel how you’ve always wanted.

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