Dear Man Boobs Sufferer If you are suffering from gynecomastia, then you have three different gynecomastia treatment options… 1. Medical therapy 2. Surgical treatment 3. Natural treatment
1. Medical Therapy
If you think you have gynecomastia, the first thing you should do is see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. There is a small possibility that your gynecomastia is being triggered by an underlying illness, such as hyperthyroidism, a pituitary tumor, renal failure, androgen insufficiency syndrome, and others.
If this is a case, then you have to leave it to your doctor to treat the underlying illness. In most cases, treating the underlying illness will, over time, result in your gynecomastia receding.
If there is no obvious underlying medical cause, then the following medical treatments may be used to treat your gynecomastia directly.
Gynecomastia results from high levels of the female sex hormone estrogen, and/or low levels of the male sex hormone testosterone.
Clomiphene is an estrogen receptor blocker.
Not only does it block the effects of estrogen on your chest, but it also blocks estrogen receptors in your brain, which results in an increase in testosterone production.
Studies have shown that up to 20% of patients on clomiphene achieve complete resolution of their gynecomastia. Up to a further 50% achieve partial resolution.
Side effects are rare, but include blurred vision or other vision problems, headache/dizziness, lightheadedness, mood change, nausea, bloating, stomach pain and vomiting.
Tamoxifen is an estrogen antagonist. It works by competing against estrogen for estrogen receptors.
It is known to lock onto estrogen receptors in the breast and have no positive estrogenic effect. By doing this, it prevents real estrogen from binding to these receptors, thereby reducing the effect of estrogen on your breast tisue.
Studies have shown that up to 80% of patients on tamoxifen experience either partial or complete resolution of their gynecomastia. The list of possible side effects include: bone pain, constipation, coughing, muscle pain, nausea, tiredness.
2. Surgical Gynecomastia Treatment
Contrary to what most doctors will tell you, only a small proportion of men with gynecomastia will actually need surgery. Surgery is needed when gynecomastia reaches the fibrotic stage. This occurs when the breast tissue has been exposed to high levels of estrogen for over a period of 12 months.
Prolonged exposure to high estrogen levels causes the development of breast glands behind the nipples. If this exposure continues, the breast glands become hardened through a process called fibrosis.
Doctors generally suggest that hardened fibrotic breast glands cannot be removed medically or via natural means. They contend that the only option to remove these is through surgery.
(Update: some studies have shown that medical drugs can indeed get rid of fibrosed breast glands. If the medical approach works, that means the natural approach can work too. Still, if you have fibrosed breast glands, it’s a lot harder to get rid of man boobs and puffy nipples than if you don’t have ’em).
Surgery can be performed on almost anyone with gynecomastia, even if you don’t have hardened breast glands. Surgery is the only option that will get you results almost immediately, so it may be suitable for those who are impatient and want results now.
Surgery is also a suitable option for those who for some reason do not respond to medical therapy and are unable to comply with a natural gynecomastia treatment regimen.
There are two surgical options available:
Liposuction is a very common cosmetic surgical procedure for men. It’s quite common for up to 50% of patients in a cosmetic surgical practice to be men, with up to 30% of these patients undergoing liposuction.
Common areas for liposuction in men are the abdomen, chest, love handles and chin. For gynecomastia treatment, liposuction can only be used to remove excess fat tissue in the chest.
Liposuction cannot be used to remove breast glands. For this reason, liposuction for gynecomastia is almost never in my opinion, an essential procedure. Excess chest fat can always be removed using either medical therapy or natural gynecomastia reduction methods.
Liposuction is however, a viable option to those who want quick and near-effortless results. The procedure can be carried out with you put to sleep, or awake using local anesthesia.
A tiny cut is made in your skin just below your armpits on either side, and a thin liposuction tube (measuring only 1-2 mm in diameter) is inserted through it. Suction is then applied to remove the excess fat in your chest.
It’s a very simple procedure and full recovery takes about 2-3 days. A tight bandage will be applied around your chest after the procedure.
You may experience numbness and bruising over the chest area, and this will heal by itself over a course of 2-3 weeks.
Surgical Excision Of Breast Glands
This is the only way to remove fibrotic breast glands. In most cases where excision is necessary, it is used in combination with liposuction.
The surgeon first removes the excess fat using liposuction, then he/she is able to locate and remove the breast glands with more precision.
Surgical excision is carried out by making a small incision around the nipples. The size of the incision depends on the size of your breast glands, and in some cases can be quite large, resulting in visible scarring.
Problems And Risks Of Surgery
These include an asymmetrical appearance, chest deformities, folding residual skin, inadequate resection, skin pigmentation changes in the breast area, and recurrence of gynecomastia.
There are also the generic risks of bleeding and infection.
Surgery may be the quickest way to remove gynecomastia, but it does nothing to address the cause of gynecomastia. For this reason, if you do not combine natural or medical therapy with the surgical option, it is highly likely for your gynecomastia to come back in the months or few years following surgery.
Surgeons will always tell you the risk of recurrence is low, but this is only provided you are undergoing concurrent medical therapy, or an effective diet and exercise regimen.
Costs Of Surgery
Insurance usually does not cover the cost of surgical gynecomastia treatment, and if it does it will not cover the entire cost of the procedure.
The cost of surgical gynecomastia treatment varies depending on the severity of your condition, and also depending on which doctor you see.
Generally, a surgeon with higher experience and reputation will charge you more. You can expect to pay anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. The national average cost in the United States is around $3,500.
3. Natural Gynecomastia Treatment
The natural treatment of gynecomastia is something that all gynecomastia sufferers should consider. Since surgery doesn’t address the cause of gynecomastia, even those with fibrotic breast glands should make use of natural gynecomastia reduction methods.
The first port of call should be to see your doctor for a diagnosis and an exclusion of sinister medical causes.
The second, provided medical causes are excluded, should be the reduction of excess breast fat and non-fibrotic breast glands via natural methods alone.
Studies have shown certain natural substances such as curcumin and piperine to be either just as effective or more effective than tamoxifen in blocking the effects of estrogen.
When these natural substances are combined with hormone-manipulating and fat-reducing exercise regimens, you can be sure that your results will far exceed anything you can gain from medical therapy alone.
Natural gynecomastia treatment is highly effective, almost totally cost-free and involves no dangers or side-effects whatsoever.
This is why I recommend for all of my clients whether or not they plan on undergoing medical/surgical therapy, to adopt a natural gynecomastia reduction regimen. To find out more about natural gynecomastia treatment, click the link to visit: How To Lose Man Boobs Naturally.