I Have Gynecomastia: Do I Need Surgery?

Posted: June 30, 2023

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes excess tissue to grow in the chest region. Gynecomastia is typically caused by a hormonal imbalance and it presents itself primarily in males (over 99% of cases). This condition is commonly called having “man boobs” because the excess growth creates the appearance of having breasts like women. You may benefit from male breast reduction surgery if you suffer from this condition. 

Does Gynecomastia Go Away Naturally?

It is possible for gynecomastia to resolve itself. If your gynecomastia is going to resolve itself naturally, it will most likely do so during your teenage years. It is uncommon for gynecomastia to go away on its own if you’re an adult male.

Signs You May Need Male Breast Reduction Surgery

You Have Low Self-Esteem

Traditionally, the male and female population frowns upon men having enlarged breasts. Although approximately 50% of males have some degree of gynecomastia, bullying is widespread. As a result, some males prefer to wear oversized shirts. Others avoid participation in activities that require them to be topless (e.g., swimming, surfing). Your condition will likely require surgical attention if it is hindering your ability to enjoy life.

Non-invasive Procedures Didn’t Work

In lesser cases, weight is a contributing factor to gynecomastia. In those cases, regular exercise can reduce the appearance of your breasts and firm the skin over them. If exercising doesn’t reduce your breast size, non-surgical procedures, such as CoolSculptingⓇ or SculpSureⓇ, may work. However, if you still find that your breasts are abnormally large, there is a strong likelihood you will need surgery. 

You’re Experiencing Pain

Men with sagging, enlarged breasts are prone to experiencing pain around their chest area. Chaffing can occur where the skin of your breasts fold over and crease. In extreme cases, the enlarged breasts may get pinched under your armpit if you’re reclining or lying sideways. In other cases, you may experience severe back pain due to the excess tissue on your breasts. 

Male Breast Reduction Surgeon in Huntington Beach, CA

Gynecomastia is a sensitive topic, but it’s also a topic Dr. Anthony Miller of Orange County Cosmetic Surgery knows very well. Dr. Miller is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who has performed a number of successful male breast reduction surgeries. He makes it his mission to restore confidence and correct body malformations by providing exceptional cosmetic services. If you’re in need of his expertise, call 714-379-9777 to schedule an appointment today.