When Does Gyno Go Away?

Feeling a shift in your chest contour with sagging skin, pointed pectoral ridges, or puffy nipples?

Developed unexpected breast tissue and wondering if it’s a cause for concern? You’re not alone! Gynecomastia is a common condition in men, affecting around 60% to 70% of the male population. While the physical changes can be unsettling, the bigger question often becomes:

“When Does gynecomastia go away?”

Many individuals with this condition wonder if it will resolve naturally. For young boys, gynecomastia often subsides after puberty. However, for many children, young adults, and adults, the condition may persist.

The most effective treatments for gynecomastia are exercises and male breast reduction surgery. When performed by a skilled cosmetic surgeon, this procedure can create a permanent change in a man’s physical appearance, often achieved through a single outpatient surgery.

Together, let’s navigate this concern, finding the treatment options and the answers you need to feel confident and in control of your body.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia or Gyno is characterized by the enlargement of breast tissue in males, distinct from excess chest fat. It involves the swelling of breast tissue due to a hormonal imbalance—specifically, an increase in estrogen or a decrease in testosterone. This imbalance causes the development of excess glandular tissue in the chest, resulting in a more feminine appearance.

Gynecomastia caused by certain medications or substances may not resolve without medical or surgical intervention. While exercise does not effectively reduce male breast tissue, male breast reduction surgery can successfully eliminate excess fat and glandular tissue, leading to a flatter chest.

What are the possible causes of Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia frequently occurs due to an increase in estrogen relative to testosterone levels. Although estrogen is generally considered a female hormone, it exists at low levels in males. When the balance between estrogen and testosterone changes, it can cause the growth of glandular breast tissue in males, leading to a more feminine-looking chest.

Other potential causes include:

  • Excess body fat
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Marijuana use
  • Certain medications
  • Certain medical condition

What does gyno look like on a man in different stages?

Gynecomastia generally has 4 stages, which look something like these:

  • Stage 1: Mild enlargement of the breast tissue, concentrated around the areola.
  • Stage 2: Moderate enlargement, extending beyond the areola. The chest begins to take on a more feminine shape with slight sagging, leading to puffy nipples.
  • Stage 3: Significant enlargement of the breast tissue, resulting in a more pronounced feminine appearance with noticeable drooping.
  • Stage 4: Severe enlargement, where the chest appears distinctly feminine. The breast tissue droops significantly, with the nipple potentially pointing downward.
When Does Gyno Go Away - Dr Hasan Ali

Your Answers To The Question:

'DOES GYNECOMASTIA GET CURED ON ITS OWN?'

Men dealing with the discomfort of gynecomastia often hope that the excess breast tissue will diminish naturally over time. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case, leading many to seek male gynecomastia surgery to address their aesthetic concerns.

In certain situations, gynecomastia can resolve on its own. Adolescent boys experiencing enlarged breasts or puffy nipples often find that the tissue decreases as they transition into adulthood and hormone levels stabilize. Men with chest protrusion due to being overweight may see improvement by adopting a healthier diet and regular exercise—this condition is known as ‘pseudogynecomastia’ and is not related to hormone imbalance. Our surgeon can determine the exact condition you are suffering from.

In many cases, the typical hormonal changes that happen during puberty often cause enlarged breast tissue to diminish naturally and spontaneously within two to three years. These instances are often termed “transient” or “pubertal” gynecomastia.

In many cases, gynecomastia does not improve over time. Gynecomastia caused by genetics or aging typically does not resolve on its own. The use of certain medications (e.g., steroids) and illicit drugs (e.g., marijuana) can also result in permanently enlarged breast tissue, which remains even after discontinuing use. For most men, the best and most effective treatment for persistent gynecomastia is surgical intervention.

Treatment Options for Gynecomastia

Diet and Exercise

Will losing weight through diet aid in coping with gynecomastia? While maintaining a healthy lifestyle can reduce overall body fat, including chest fat, it does not address the glandular tissue associated with gynecomastia. The enlargement of the chest in gynecomastia is due to excess glandular tissue, not fat, and therefore cannot be reduced through dieting alone.

Additionally, muscle gain or toning through exercise will not significantly affect gynecomastia. However, exercises like chest presses and push-ups can help strengthen the chest muscles beneath the breast tissue, which may improve the overall appearance of the chest but will not eliminate the glandular tissue causing gynecomastia.

When it comes to following a balanced diet, we suggest including plenty of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins such as meats and fish, healthy fats, and whole grains in your daily food so as to help reduce Gynecomastia.

Medication

Some medicinal treatments our doctor may recommend include:

  • Off-label Medications: The doctor may prescribe breast cancer medications such as raloxifene or tamoxifen as off-label treatments for gynecomastia.
  • Medication Adjustment: If a current medication is suspected to be causing gynecomastia, the doctor may either switch the medication or lower the dosage.
  • Testosterone Therapy: Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), administered through injections, skin gels, or patches, can help boost testosterone levels.
  • Addressing Underlying Health Conditions: Treating health conditions such as hyperthyroidism or malnutrition may help alleviate symptoms of gynecomastia.
Surgical Intervention

Our plastic surgeon, Dr. Hasan Ali, may opt for surgery if those accumulated breast tissues do not respond to conventional treatments. Gynecomastia surgery is highly effective, as it removes excess glandular tissue, fat and puffy nipples to create a flatter, more masculine chest contour.

The Procedure: Typically performed under sedation or local anaesthesia and rarely under General anaesthesia. 

Results and Recovery: Results are mostly immediate and permanent, with a noticeable improvement in chest contour. Full recovery can take up to six weeks, during which time swelling and bruising gradually subside. Patients are advised to skip strenuous activities during the initial recovery period.

Does Gynecomastia, in your case, seem to be a prolonged problem?

Get it treated the right way!

Though in some cases, Gyno goes away naturally, appropriate medical help is still strongly recommended. Also, if you are observing that puffy nipples and excess fat in the chest have been persisting even after trying everything at your end, get in touch with a certified Gynecomastia professional. Dr. Hasan Ali, along with his extensive experience and precision in the domain, uses innovative techniques and customized methods to treat men dealing with this chest fat issue. His commitment and meticulousness towards the procedures are high points of the services he delivers.

Do not delay, and schedule your appointment today!