The bigger, the better? Maybe not

As much as men like big breasts on women, just the opposite applies to themselves. Big breasts on men, known as gynaecomastia, can be an embarrassment and it often leaves many desperate for a way to reduce their size. Some are so desperate that they take risks and go through surgery. Is the painful and expensive surgery necessary, or are there other alternatives that are effective minus the pain and money?

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WHY DO SOME MEN HAVE BIGGER BREASTS THAN NORMAL?

The causes for male breasts usually vary for different age groups. Breast growth is common in newborns as a result of exposure to the mother’s hormones via breast milk. For teenagers, one or both breasts can become enlarged and tender from the hormonal changes of puberty. This embarrassing condition usually disappears after a few months. In male adults, however, it’s almost always due to weight gain, which results in fat over the pectoral region. In old age, hormonal imbalances may be the cause.

IS IT UNHEALTHY OR JUST UNAPPEALING?

Usually, it’s only unappealing. However, if the change in size is sudden or becomes painful, then medical intervention is required. The majority of males with gynaecomastia are overweight, however there are a few medical conditions that can cause it, so an accurate diagnosis can help your doctor decide if treatment is needed. Some people get it from hormonal imbalances that may come from exposure to androgen hormones usually taken by bodybuilders. Other possible medical causes of adult male breast growth include kidney failure, chronic liver disease, tumours, genetic disorders and side effects of some drugs.

WHAT ARE THE REMEDIES FOR THIS?

Diet and lower chest exercises can help remove chest fat when you have pseudogynaecomastia, which is when you don’t have man boobs, but a lot of chest fat making it seem as if you have breasts. However, gynaecomastia or man boobs, normally subsides after a couple of years or when you lose weight. If it doesn’t, we need to identify whether the cause is a hormonal imbalance. If that is the case, then you may be recommended to stop taking any drugs that increase oestrogen levels in your body and take a hormone therapy that is suitable for you. For other cases, mesotherapy (fat melting injections) can be helpful. For best results this needs to be done three to five times.

Liposuction is another _ and probably the most effective _ way to get rid of male breasts, especially with the newest technology that combines radio frequency with liposuction. This combination makes it easier to remove fat with little bruising and downtime. Body Tite allows liposuction and firming to be done simultaneously. This means you are able to lose the breast tissue and tighten the skin surrounding the area in one sitting.

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WHAT DIET AND EXERCISES DO YOU RECOMMEND FOR CHEST FAT?

Losing weight in one location is known as spot reduction, which isn’t likely to happen. You need to lose weight throughout the whole body to see loss in one specific location, so the good old-fashioned remedies of fat loss apply.

Eat healthier _ more white meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. Boobs are almost always the result of years of eating junk food, which contain more calories than whole foods. Reduce the intake of alcohol and drugs also.

Make yourself stronger. Cardiovascular exercise helps strengthen your heart and lungs while burning calories. To add to your daily calorific debit, perform cardiovascular exercise four to five days a week for at least 30 minutes per session.

You can also place special emphasis on your chest muscles by using an elliptical trainer, the machine on which you move foot pedals back and forth as you push and pull hand poles.

Finally, fix your posture. Working at a computer all day could tighten your chest muscles and cause slouching, which will then make your man boobs look worse. Sit and walk with your shoulders back, instead of letting them slouch.