Gynecomastia is a condition that few men know about until they are faced with it. Even though you may think that that extra breast tissue on your chest is caused by those few pounds you have gained, it is caused by hormones and is a condition called gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia typically forms in men who are going through profound hormonal changes such as during puberty or later on in life during their 50’s and 60’s. This condition causes men to form excess breast tissue that is hard to get rid of with diet and exercise. If you think you have this condition, then we have some more information for you, including some answers to some common myths. Let’s take a closer look.
Myth: There Is No Treatment
Some patients will be able to get rid of their gynecomastia as their hormones level out, but others can have it for the majority of their lives. Either way, if you want to get treatment, we can help. During a male breast reduction, Dr. Watterson will remove excess breast tissue, and skin to give you a more chiseled and flat chest.
Myth: You Can Exercise Them Away
The most frustrating thing about gynecomastia is that you can’t exercise it away. In fact, men who are in the best shape of their lives or who are bodybuilders can have gynecomastia. If you notice that you can’t get rid of your breasts with exercise, then it’s a significant indicator that you have this condition.
Myth: Alcohol Gives Men Breasts
The answer to this myth is a little bit tricky. No, alcohol isn’t going to give men gynecomastia, but when men drink a lot of IPA beer, they may be at a higher risk because it contains a lot of hops in it. And, hops contains high levels of phytoestrogen which can contribute to a hormonal imbalance in men resulting in things like gynecomastia.
One of our main goals at our office is to help all of our patients get better self-esteem. If you are a male who suffers from poor self-esteem because of your gynecomastia, schedule a consultation with us. To learn more, contact our Draper office and call 801-571-2020.