4 Myths About Gynecomastia Every Man Should Know

Male,Body,,Male,Breast,Plastic,,Gynecomastia.,Male,Breast,Adjustment,,Plastic If you’re a man dealing with enlarged breast tissue (gynecomastia), you’re in better company than you might think. Up to 40% of healthy men experience it at some point in their lifetime, and 70% of young boys experience it during puberty. However, since people don’t openly discuss it very often, there are more than a few myths about gynecomastia to overcome. The following are just a few persistent examples to be aware of.

1. Only Women Develop Breast Tissue

Both men and women have the potential to develop breast tissue, and both men and women produce a combination of testosterone and estrogen.

Gynecomastia is quite common and can be triggered by hormonal shifts (like those experienced during puberty and aging). It’s also a common side effect of certain medications, including antibiotics, heart medications, and antidepressants. Genetic factors can also increase a male’s chance of developing enlarged breasts.

2. Diet or Exercise Can Eliminate Gynecomastia

Many people believe that getting rid of gynecomastia is simply a matter of losing weight and getting into better shape. However, it’s important to realize that having the condition is about more than carrying a little extra fat in the chest area. Many men with gynecomastia also have excess glands and developed breast tissue to deal with, in addition to fat, and they won’t go away with diet and exercise.

3. There’s No Cure for Gynecomastia

If you know or suspect you have gynecomastia, there’s always the chance that it will resolve on its own, depending on the cause. For example, teenage experiences with the condition often resolve after puberty. Men whose enlarged breasts are due to obesity can also notice substantial improvements after weight loss, though they will likely have excess skin in the area that may need to be addressed by a plastic surgeon.

In any case, gynecomastia is treatable through male breast reduction. An experienced surgeon can permanently reduce or remove unwanted breast tissue, as well as help contour your chest area for a more sculpted appearance.

4. Any Surgeon Can Perform Gynecomastia Surgery

Although there’s no shortage of plastic surgeons out there willing to assist patients with gynecomastia, it’s crucial to choose the right person to ensure results you’ll be happy with.

Not only should the surgeon you choose be board-certified in plastic surgery, but they should specialize in procedures meant to reduce male breast tissue. They should also have a reputation for excellence, as well as be someone who makes you feel at ease.

Dr. Zachary Farris is double board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

If you’re currently experiencing gynecomastia, live in or near Dallas TX, and want to know more about what male breast reduction surgery is all about, Farris Plastic Surgery can help. Call us at 214-416-9836 or contact us via our handy online form today.

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