Gynecomastia Treatment For Men

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Let’s dive into the topic of gynaecomastia – a condition that can affect men of all ages but is so often misunderstood.

Understanding its nature, causes, and treatment options is essential for individuals dealing with what is colloquially known as “man boobs”.

What is Gynaecomastia?

Gynaecomastia, also known as male breast enlargement or man boobs, refers to the enlargement of breast tissue in males, leading to the appearance of swollen or enlarged breasts.

While it is not uncommon, it can be rather distressing for men who are affected, impacting self-esteem, confidence and quality of life. Gynaecomastia can occur in either one or both sides of the chest and may be temporary or persistent in nature.

Causes of Male Breast Enlargement

Several factors can contribute to the development of gynaecomastia, including hormonal imbalances, medications, and underlying medical conditions.

Hormonal imbalances, such as an increase in estrogen levels relative to testosterone, are a primary cause.

This imbalance can result from puberty, hormonal changes in older age, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions like liver disease or kidney disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Gynaecomastia

The most apparent sign of gynaecomastia is the enlargement of breast tissue, also referred to as male chest swelling or breast growth in males, which may be accompanied by tenderness or sensitivity in the chest area.

Individuals with gynaecomastia may also experience psychological distress due to changes in physical appearance, affecting their general confidence and overall well-being.

Diagnosis of Gynaecomastia

Diagnosing gynaecomastia involves a thorough medical evaluation by a healthcare provider.

This evaluation typically includes a physical examination of the breast, review of your medical history, and potentially additional tests, such as blood tests or imaging studies if they’re required, mostly to rule out any underlying causes.

Differentiating gynaecomastia from other breast abnormalities is crucial for accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate management for your condition.

The diagnostic process normally includes:

Medical History Assessment

Your healthcare provider will review your medical history, including any medications you’re taking, previous illnesses or surgeries, and family history of breast conditions or hormonal disorders.

Physical Examination

A thorough physical examination will be conducted by one of our breast specialists to assess the size, shape, and consistency of the breast tissue, as well as any signs of inflammation or tenderness around the breast area.

Blood Tests

Blood tests may be ordered to measure hormone levels, such as testosterone, estrogen, and prolactin, to identify hormonal imbalances that could contribute to your gynaecomastia.

Imaging of Breast Tissue

In less common cases, imaging tests such as mammography or ultrasound may be performed to evaluate the breast tissue and rule out other breast abnormalities, such as tumors or cysts.

Breast Tissue Biopsy

In rare instances where there is uncertainty about the diagnosis or suspicion of breast cancer, a biopsy may be recommended to obtain a tissue sample for further analysis by our team.

Treatment of Gynaecomastia

The treatment approach for enlarged breast tissue in males depends on various factors:

  • Underlying cause
  • Severity of your symptoms, and
  • Individual preferences.

Obviously, treatment options may range from nonsurgical methods to surgical intervention, but either way, it will be tailored to each individual’s specific needs and goals.

At Warrier Practice, we always tailor treatment for each individual patient when it comes to treating gynaecomastia.

Our process will always consider the individual’s specific needs and may involve nonsurgical or surgical interventions, depending on the severity of the condition and your desired outcomes. Treatment options include:

  1. Observation: In some cases, especially if gynaecomastia is mild and not causing significant discomfort or distress, a watchful waiting approach may be recommended to monitor changes over time.
  2. Medication: As mentioned earlier, medications such as SERMs or aromatase inhibitors may be prescribed to reduce breast tissue growth and alleviate symptoms of gynaecomastia.
  3. Surgery: Surgical intervention, such as liposuction or mastectomy, may be considered for individuals with persistent or severe gynaecomastia. Liposuction involves the removal of excess fat tissue, while mastectomy involves the surgical excision of breast gland tissue.
  4. Combination Therapy: In some cases, a combination of nonsurgical and surgical approaches may be used to achieve optimal results, addressing both hormonal imbalances and excess breast tissue.
  5. Follow-Up Care: Regular follow-up appointments with your healthcare provider are essential to monitor treatment progress, address any concerns or complications, and adjust treatment as needed.

It’s always important to discuss the potential risks, benefits, and expected outcomes of each treatment option with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision that aligns with your goals and preferences. Remember that support is available with our care team.

Nonsurgical Methods

Nonsurgical methods for managing gynaecomastia focus on addressing underlying hormonal imbalances and reducing excess breast tissue through lifestyle modifications and medications. These may include:

Lifestyle Changes

Adopting a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and a balanced diet can help reduce overall body fat and improve hormone balance, potentially reducing the size of enlarged breast tissue.


Some breast cancer medications, such as selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) like tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors may also be prescribed to reduce breast tissue growth in men.

These medications can be used as a treatment for breast cancer in both men and women, by blocking the effects of estrogen on the male body.

Hormone Therapy

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be recommended for individuals with hormonal imbalances contributing to gynaecomastia.

For example, if you have low testosterone then testosterone replacement therapy can help improve the condition.

Counseling and Support

Psychological counseling and support groups can be very beneficial if you are experiencing emotional distress or body image concerns related to gynaecomastia. These groups can provide effective coping strategies and encouragement to improve your self-confidence again.

Surgical Methods

For individuals with persistent or severe gynaecomastia, surgical intervention may be recommended. We would be removing excess breast tissue and reshape the chest contour to your satisfaction.

Surgical methods for gynaecomastia correction, such as liposuction or surgical excision, are very effective in achieving a much more masculine chest appearance and improving your self-confidence.

Sanjay’s Conclusion For Treating Gynaecomastia

In summary, while the content provided offers a foundation for understanding gynaecomastia, further exploration and discussion with your doctor are key to finding a personalised solution that addresses your unique needs and goals.

Remember that support is always available to help you navigate your journey toward chest health and well-being.

Contact Warrier Practice for more information on how to treat your gynaecomastia condition.

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