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Can Gynecomastia Be Treated with Exercise?

A question that many men with gynecomastia ask is whether or not this condition can be successfully treated with exercise alone. It surely would be wonderful if this relatively simple and non-surgical approach could completely accomplish this.

So what is the answer?

Unfortunately, most of the time male breast reduction surgery is needed to fully address gynecomastia. For men whose enlarged breasts are largely related to obesity, weight loss and exercising can be very effective in improving the appearance of the breasts but may not completely eradicate the problem. Surgery is often indicated as well.

That said, when the main cause of gynecomastia is glandular tissue (with or without the presence of some excess fat), exercise alone will definitely not resolve the condition. In these situations, the direct excision of the breast tissue is generally the treatment of choice for the majority of men. If there is also some fat contributing to the enlargement, this component can be removed using ultrasonic assisted liposuction.

Ultimately, it is important to note that although men who are overweight may see some degree of improvement with exercise and weight loss, these methods alone may not fully eradicate the manifestations of gynecomastia. For this reason, male breast reduction surgery is considered the definitive treatment for the vast majority of individuals.

Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon