Can Exercise Help Reduce Gynecomastia?

Fit,Man,Jogging,On,The,Beach.,Mid,Adult,Fitness,ManGynecomastia — characterized by the enlargement of male breast tissue — can be a source of both physical and emotional discomfort for the large number of boys and men who develop the condition. Thankfully, there are effective treatment options available.

One common question about gynecomastia is whether exercise can help reverse the condition. To help you find the best path forward for treatment, let’s take a closer look at what causes gynecomastia and the role that exercise can play in treating it.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of gynecomastia. Hormonal imbalances are one of the biggest causes, and it’s common for boys undergoing puberty to experience temporary breast enlargement. However, gynecomastia can develop at any stage of life and can also be caused by factors such as medications, certain health conditions, and recreational drug use.

The Role of Exercise in Treating Gynecomastia

Getting plenty of exercise offers a wide range of health benefits, but can it reverse the enlargement of male breast tissue? The short answer is that while exercise alone is not enough to treat the condition, it can sometimes help.

Obesity is one contributing factor that can increase a person’s risk of developing larger breasts, and proper exercise can help you reduce this. However, it’s worth reiterating that a lack of exercise doesn’t cause gynecomastia, and increasing your physical activity won’t target the condition directly. Gynecomastia is an increase in breast tissue, not excess fat. Building muscle can improve the appearance of the male chest, but it cannot address the amount of breast tissue. Unfortunately, exercise is not an effective option for reducing gynecomastia.

Exploring Other Treatment Options for Gynecomastia

For patients who are being impacted by their condition, male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment option available. Dr. Rick Silverman is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery for bodybuilders and fitness trainers. He can work with you personally to ensure you meet your aesthetic goals.

To learn more about male breast reduction and determine if you are a candidate, you can contact the office of Dr. Rick Silverman at 617-965-9500 or submit a form online. We proudly serve Boston, Worcester, and Newton, MA.

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