In addition to advancements in the field of plastic surgery over the last couple decades, nonsurgical cosmetic treatments have also come a very long way. Serving as an alternative to cosmetic surgery procedures, many nonsurgical treatments have the ability to help people effectively alter their appearance. And while this progress is encouraging for people like myself and my patients, not every aesthetic concern can be addressed nonsurgically.
Gynecomastia, a condition in which excess glandular tissue in the chest area leads to male breast enlargement, is very common. It can affect guys of all ages, ranging from teenagers to seniors. According to statistics collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), roughly 40% of all men in the US will experience some degree of gynecomastia in their lifetime.
As with any aesthetic issue this common, I receive many questions from prospective patients wondering about the best ways to treat gynecomastia. Unfortunately, gynecomastia cannot be effectively treated without plastic surgery. Since true gynecomastia is caused by an excess build-up of tissue, burning fat with diet and exercise will only be able to help so much. Additionally, non-surgical solutions including topical creams, supplements, and medications will also not be able to treat this condition. In fact, some of these can even make things worse.
The only tried and true way to take care of gynecomastia once and for all is with male breast reduction surgery. Male breast reduction is a body contouring procedure where I am able to remove excess tissue (as well as some skin and fat as needed) from the chest area. The result is a flatter, more masculine chest and the improved confidence and body image that comes with it. In my personal experience, patient satisfaction after a male breast reduction procedure is extremely high.
Gynecomastia can be embarrassing and tough to deal with for many, but thankfully, it can be treated. Even for guys who may prefer to not undergo plastic surgery, the final long-lasting results of this procedure make it more than worth it in the long run. If you have any questions about gynecomastia or male breast reduction, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery, to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for additional tips, news, photos, and more from the world of plastic surgery.