The 5 Most Popular Non-Invasive Alternatives to Gynecomastia Surgery
- 02 November 2016
- Dr. Mark Broudo
No man wants to have those dreaded man boobs. Not only do they look very un-masculine, but they can also drag down your confidence and self-esteem.
But while male breast reduction surgery can solve your man boob problems, not everyone is keen on undergoing any type of surgery. In reality, treating gynecomastia – or male breast enlargement – without surgical intervention can be tricky. Not all methods work as well as they were envisioned to.
But if you still want to try them, below are five most popular non-surgical alternatives to male breast reduction surgery.
Proper diet and exercise
If your gynecomastia is primarily caused by fats, then a proper diet cutting back on fatty foods will usually do the trick. It is advisable to stick to a low-fat diet as this will give your body the opportunity to burn excess calories under your skin, including your chest area. To know if your man boobs are only made from fatty tissue, you will notice that they wobble when you run and that both sides are equally affected.
Coupling proper diet with cardiovascular exercises can help your body get rid of excess fat not just in your breasts but also in the rest of your body. You may also want to build muscles in your chest by doing push-ups and pec flyes. Aside from making your chest muscles bulkier, strength training exercises also speed up your metabolism, helping you burn more fat. This is a great lifestyle modification especially for overweight and obese people.
However, it is important to note that proper diet and exercise will only work for pseudogynecomastia patients – that is, those with enlarged breasts caused by excess fat. If you are suffering from true gynecomastia – where there is also an overabundance of breast gland tissues aside from fats – proper diet and exercise will not help as much.
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Some of the alternative remedies said to treat gynecomastia include homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture, and yoga. However, keep in mind that treating gynecomastia using these methods may take time, plus there is also no guarantee that they will work.
Homeopathic treatments are personalized medicines prepared after analyzing a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional condition. They can restore hormonal balance, thereby decreasing the size of your breasts. To treat the underlying cause of gynecomastia, homeopathy involves administering a small amount of diluted substance that causes the condition.
For example, if your gynecomastia was caused by the intake of steroids, then a diluted steroid-like substance like Orchitinum will be used to treat your gynecomastia. Other homeopathic medications used to treat gynecomastia include Mercurius Solubilis200C, Plumbum Iodatum, and Pineal 6.
Another alternative treatment is Ayurveda, which makes use of roots and herbs to eliminate the root cause of gynecomastia. According to this Indian alternative medicine, half a teaspoon of powder ingredients like Chebulic Myrobalan, Beleric Myrobalan, dried ginger, black pepper, Pippali, and gooseberry can be mixed with a teaspoon of honey to treat gynecomastia. These should be taken twice a day.
There are also topical Ayurvedic treatments that you can use to decrease the size of your breasts. For example, you can heat powdered camphor oil and pepper powder and mix them in 100 ml of mustard oil. After cooling a little, apply the lukewarm oil to your breasts an hour before taking a bath.
Acupuncture is another alternative remedy that you can allegedly use to get rid of gynecomastia. This 2000-year-old Chinese treatment involves the use of needles to prick the skin and tissues to alleviate pain and treat any medical condition, including gynecomastia. It is believed that illnesses happen when there are blocks in the flow of vital force in the body. Acupuncture aims to get rid of blocks in these meridians by inserting them at certain points throughout the body. Contrary to how it looks, acupuncture needles only cause a tingling sensation and not a lot of pain.
Aside from getting rid of chest fat, acupuncture can also provide the hormonal balance that is very important in treating the underlying cause of gynecomastia. It also has a number of other health benefits, like improved liver functioning, obesity treatment, and depression relief.
Yoga is a good body and mind workout for gynecomastia, as there are certain yoga poses that concentrate on the trunk and chest region that are said to be effective in treating gynecomastia the natural way. Some of these poses include the fish pose, wheel pose, semi-wheel pose, bow pose, and tree pose.
Aside from decreasing chest fat, yoga also helps tighten the chest area, resulting in a flatter chest. It also enhances blood circulation to decrease fat deposits all over the body.
There are also certain herbs that are said to cure gynecomastia. A popular one is turmeric, a plant coming from the ginger family and boasting of a variety of health benefits. To treat gynecomastia, you need to take a daily dosage of 20 grams of grated turmeric roots in a period of 30 days. However, the success rate for this treatment varies, with some patients reporting a decrease in breast size, while others only saying that it reduces pain and soreness in the chest area.
Breast reduction pills and medications
There are plenty of male breast reduction pills available in the market, all containing active ingredients that will either reduce estrogen levels or boost testosterone levels. There are even drugs that promise to do both. Examples of these medications are clomiphene and tamoxifen, which are both selective estrogen receptor modulators. Letrozole, which is an androgen inhibitor, is also being marketed for prevention of breast cancer. Still, more studies are needed to support these claims.
Topical treatments entail the use of creams, gels, or serums to shrink fat cells around the breast tissues. Though these creams are certainly non-invasive, virtually painless, and a lot cheaper than gynecomastia surgery, their breast reduction effects – especially for true gynecomastia – have not yet been fully proven. It might also take a lot of time before you notice any results – if at all.
If you want a proven way to get rid of your man boobs once and for all, then your best bet is gynecomastia surgery. Schedule a Free Consultation with one of Face + Body Cosmetic Surgery’s highly experienced and board-certified surgeons to learn everything you want to know about male breast reduction surgery.