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How Do I Get Rid of Gynecomastia?

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Gynecomastia, the condition of enlarged male breasts, can be a substantial cause of mental distress, anxiety, insecurity and even elective social isolation. Fortunately, whether its presence is due to obesity, exposure to excess estrogens, genetics, anabolic steroids or aging — various treatment options can successfully correct male breast enlargement and improve chest contours.

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Ways of Getting Rid of Gynecomastia

Diet and Exercise

For men whose oversized breasts are primarily caused by fat associated with being overweight, maintaining a proper diet, losing weight and following an appropriate exercise routine can burn off excess fatty tissue and build muscle, translating into a more desirable appearing chest. 

Steroids, certain drugs and excess alcohol consumption should be avoided as they will exacerbate the situation.


For those with significant pseudo-gynecomastia, which is male breast enlargement caused by fat, liposuction is the most effective treatment. If glandular tissue is also present, liposuction is not an effective treatment, and excision would be warranted.

Male Breast Reduction

Men with “true” gynecomastia have enlarged or excess breast glandular tissue centered deep in the nipple-areola complexes (but can extend peripherally to varying degrees). 

Male breast reduction surgery is the best treatment option to help resolve this issue. It is the most comprehensive approach that provides the means to fully address this condition. Gynecomastia surgery involves direct excision of the breast tissue, with or without liposuction as needed. If there is lax or excess skin, it can also be treated with excision. Each situation is individualized to contour the chest and obtain a more masculine, desirable and natural look.

Why Choose Gynecomastia Surgery?

Ultimately, losing weight and excess fat can improve the appearance of the chest — at least to a certain extent but most often does not fully resolve the issue. Gynecomastia surgery is usually the best resort for treating this undesirable breast enlargement in men and adolescent boys.

Do You Need a Male Breast Reduction?

The only way to find the best solution for your enlarged breast tissue is to schedule a consultation with an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Turkeltaub. During your consultation, Dr. Turkeltaub will investigate the root causes of gynecomastia and create a customized treatment plan that can set you on the path to a sculpted and masculinized chest.

To determine if a male breast reduction is right for you, consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Turkeltaub at (480) 451-3000 or fill our online contact form.