Gynecomastia or enlarged breast tissue in adult men can be an unsightly problem, even though it is not likely to cause any long-term health effects in its own right. Most of the problems sufferers face come from the perception of man boobs or moobs by other people.
However, if you are suffering from the affliction and the psychological traumas that can occur, it is probably worth your while finding out about the treatments for Gynecomastia.
What causes Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia has a number of factors in its development. Whilst it can sometimes be attributed to lack of exercise and obesity, there are other causes of gynecomastia. These include:
- Corticosteroids and anabolic steroids
- Herbals like dong quai, tea tree oil, and lavender
- Opioids (narcotic drugs)
- Oestrogen (including those in soy products)
- Heartburn drugs
- Anti-anxiety medication
- Chronic kidney failure
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Low testosterone levels
How can I lose my moobs?
How you can go about losing your moobs depends on the severity of the problem. In the majority of cases, the first thing to try is exercise as in many cases improving muscle tone and burning fat will completely resolve the problem.
Gynecomastia t-shirts and vests
Another popular option is the use of specialist gynecomastia t-shirts. These highly elasticated garments work to compress the areas they surround creating a trimmer figure. These are typically made of a nylon/spandex/cotton material giving you the very best solution for a flat chest and restored confidence by compressing your chest and stomach.
Drugs to treat Gynecomastia
If you are looking to make a more medical intervention, then there are a number of drug treatments that have been trialled, but data on their effectiveness are limited, and no drugs have yet been approved for treatment of gynecomastia. Medications that have been used to treat gynecomastia include:
- Testosterone replacement in older men with low levels of testosterone
- Nolvadex – This has been shown to reduce breast volume in gynecomastia, it was not able to entirely eliminate all the breast tissue.
- Danazol - a synthetic derivative of testosterone. It is less commonly used to treat gynecomastia than other medications as it has an effect on the hair producing follicles meaning that it can lead to hair thinning. This is not really a great start for what is effectively a cosmetic procedure.
Surgical treatments for Gynecomastia
Medications are more effective in reducing gynecomastia in the early stages. After the tissue has become scarred, medications are not likely to be effective and you may require surgery
At Private Cosmetic we are always able to put you in touch with great gynecomastia surgeons. There are a number of procedures available including liposuction and excision of the tissue. Often a surgeon will choose a combination of both courses.
Regardless of the type of gynecomastia surgery used, the process takes around 2 hours. Patients may experience discomfort but are able to return home the same day.
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