Common Misconceptions About Gynecomastia

January 13 2022

Gynecomastia, often referred to as “man boobs,” is a common condition that affects men of all ages. Because enlarged breast tissue is considered a feminine trait, many men are unhappy when this condition develops.

Misinformation about gynecomastia is rampant on the Internet, leading to many incorrect assumptions. In this blog, the plastic surgeons at Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists want to help dispel some of these misconceptions.

Misconception No. 1: The Best Treatment for Gynecomastia Is to Lose Weight

Gynecomastia is a glandular condition. Losing weight through diet and exercise is a good way to lead a healthier life, but it may not affect gynecomastia. In fact, some men are frustrated to discover that their gynecomastia looks even worse when the weight comes off in other areas but not in their chests.

No. 2: Gynecomastia Will Go Away Naturally

This misconception stems from the fact that over half of all boys experience some amount of gynecomastia during puberty. Hormonal changes naturally enlarge the breasts, but treatment is rarely warranted since the problem subsides once the hormone levels steady.

So yes — in teenagers, gynecomastia may go away on its own. However, it is much less common for the condition to disappear naturally among adults.

No. 3: Gynecomastia Always Requires Surgery

Even in adults, gynecomastia may not require surgery. Some men experience enlarged breast tissue as a side effect of taking certain prescription medications. Changing the medication may be sufficient for alleviating gynecomastia. It is advisable to speak to a physician to determine the root cause of gynecomastia before seeking surgery. A physician should also be consulted before changing medications.

No. 4: Surgery Is Pointless Since Gynecomastia Will Come Back

Fortunately, this belief is unfounded. Male breast reduction surgery is largely effective and has a low rate of recurrence. Most men who have their gynecomastia treated by surgery enjoy a flatter, more masculine chest indefinitely. There is a low risk of the problem returning if a medication that caused the condition is continued, but even that is more difficult once the breast tissue is removed.

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Atlanta’s best plastic surgeons have helped many men to lower their insecurities by achieving a more traditionally masculine physique. To learn more about what surgery can do for your enlarged breast tissue, please email Atlanta Plastic & Reconstructive Specialists to arrange a consultation.