Can Gynecomastia Go Away With Weight Loss?

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Gynecomastia is a male-condition that leads to overdeveloped breasts. It can result from obesity, genetics, a hormonal imbalance, or as a side effect of certain medications. A more feminine-looking chest often causes male patients emotional stress, leading men to avoid intimate or social situations. This condition of excessive fat and breast tissue can be localized to one breast (unilateral) or both (bilateral) breasts, and can occur at any age. Men seeking help for this condition often ask, "Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?"

If you are concerned about male enlarged breasts, read on to learn more from experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion and his professional team at Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX. Find out if losing weight will help this embarrassing issue, including other treatment options to enhance your male physique and feel more confident about your body.

What causes male enlarged breasts?

The main symptom of gynecomastia is overdeveloped breast tissue. It can also lead to a change in nipple texture, sensitivity, and tenderness. Generally, it is a result of a hormonal imbalance in male patients. Men and women have both female hormones (estrogens) and male hormones (androgens, also known as testosterone). When testosterone levels are lower than estrogen levels, male patients can develop excessive breast tissue. Other factors that can trigger the development of male enlarged breasts are:

  • Obesity or being overweight
  • Certain medical conditions, like high blood pressure or hypothyroidism
  • Certain prescription medications or antibiotics
  • Anabolic steroids
  • Excess use of alcohol or marijuana

Will losing weight help with gynecomastia?

In most cases, gynecomastia cannot be resolved with only diet and exercise. Weight loss can even exacerbate this condition by making excess glandular tissue more visible with the loss of fatty tissue surrounding it. The most effective treatment for male enlarged breasts is reduction surgery. However, this should not deter gynecomastia patients from being closer to their ideal body weight and living healthier lifestyles. Gynecomastia and weight loss can significantly improve a patient's post-surgical appearance. Regular exercise and a sensible diet before male breast reduction surgery will improve a person's overall health and give chest muscles a more toned appearance for optimal results.

Should I have gynecomastia surgery?

With most severe gynecomastia cases, male breast reduction surgery is necessary to remove excess glandular breast tissue to restore a more contoured, masculine-looking profile. Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion is an expert with male breast reduction procedures, helping men who suffer from this issue. Dr. Couvillion understands the importance of male patients wanting to look and feel masculine again in their chest area. He also realizes the importance of providing aesthetically pleasing results. After breast reduction surgery, most male patients experience several benefits, including:

  • More freedom to go shirtless at the gym or pool
  • Participating in more physical activities or enjoying sports again
  • A renewed sense of confidence
  • A restored feeling of masculinity
  • Correction of poor posture or hunching over to cover up their condition

Gynecomastia is a condition that often diminishes a man's self-confidence. Men in the greater Houston, TX area concerned about their male enlarged breasts can turn to an expert like Dr. Ryan Couvillion. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Couvillion will determine the severity of your gynecomastia and devise a surgical plan to give you the cosmetic results you need. If you would like to learn more, contact Luminary Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, and schedule your consultation with experienced plastic surgeon Dr. Couvillion today.


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