Great confusion, rumors, and false beliefs are associated with gynecomastia. There is no better time than now to discover the truth behind enlarged male breasts.
In this article, we will cover the top five gynecomastia myths you need to know, so you can make an informed and educated choice if you or a loved one suffers from this condition.
Myth #1—They are just because you’re overweight.
A true case of gynecomastia is not just fat, but instead is a combination of both fat and glandular tissues. In males, the condition of pseudogynecomastia (chest that has too much excess fat) can happen, too. However, with excess fat, the breast size will decline with weight loss. Men with true gynecomastia won’t see much of a decline in breast size when the pounds start dropping. The only way to get rid of it is by removing the excess fat and glandular tissue.
Myth #2—You only get it if it runs in your family.
Although genetics do play a role in some cases, there are many other factors involved. These include medical prescriptions, steroids, recreational drugs, pubertal hormone changes, and aging. The condition can affect anyone, so it is a false belief that only genetics play a major and active role in causing this condition.
Myth #3—Pills and creams will make them go away.
Unfortunately, pills and creams will not work. Male breast reduction surgery is the only proven method of getting rid of it. Although there are ingredients that can minimize the fluid stored in the fatty tissue, gynecomastia is both fatty tissue and glandular in nature; methods other than surgical removal are not effective.
Myth #4— Exercise will make male breasts go away.
Just as dieting to lose weight won’t make it go away, neither will exercise solve the problem. While some may see a reduction in size, it’s usually just the fat cells decreasing. The glandular tissues will still be there to cause female-looking breasts. For those who build their pectoral muscles, exercising actually worsens the appearance of the size of the breasts because of muscle growth.
Myth #5—You can’t do anything about it.
You may feel defeated. Dieting won’t work. Pills and creams don’t work. And exercise also won’t work. So what do you do? Surgery. Surgical intervention is the only effective way to get rid of this condition.
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