6 Things You Should Know About Gynecomastia (Man Boobs)

Amaris B.

Archive Date:

Sep 7, 2018

Updated On:

Apr 16, 2023

How can we rid ourselves of this dreadful condition? Is gynecomastia a condition that is curable? The truth versus the myth. Today, we tell it all.

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Man boobs, also known as gynecomastia may seem like a joke to many. However, for the 3 in 10 men who suffer from this condition, the term man boobs hit too close to home.

Gynecomastia isn’t merely an aesthetic issue that is a deterrent to that firm and chiselled body that every man dreams of. It is a medical condition that should be looked at seriously.

Yet, little light has been shed on the facts behind gynecomastia, and it is high time we cleared the cloud of myths surrounding this condition.

Just what are the causes behind gynecomastia?

How can we rid ourselves of this dreadful condition? Is gynecomastia a curable condition? The truth versus the myth. Today, we tell it all.

Myth #1: Gynecomastia is caused by excess chest fat

It is valid to a certain extent that excess fat can make a man’s breasts more significant. However, fat alone isn’t the cause of the condition. In fact, excess chest fat results in pseudogynecomastia.

Gynecomastia is more than just a result of developing excess chest fat. It is the enlargement of male breast tissues. In cases involving glandular tissues, it is known as True gynecomastia. In Mixed gynecomastia, there will be a proliferation of glandular tissues and excess fat.

Myth #2: Fat Freezing cure gynecomastia

We hate to burst your bubble but No. Fat Freezing CANNOT get rid of gynecomastia.

Despite what's being purported, there is no scientific evidence to prove that topical creams, fat-freezing treatments or any other non-surgical modalities, massage, can treat this medical condition effectively and permanently.

Gynecomastia surgery is the only surgical option to treat gynecomastia.

Myth #3: Chest Workout Can Get Rid Of Gynecomastia

Many assume that increasing workout intensity or doing chest presses can eliminate manboobs. Unfortunately, it can't. Enlarged glandular tissues do not respond to exercise.

Myth #4 – Gynecomastia Is Not Treatable

Many men think gynecomastia is not treatable since it does not respond to dietary changes or exercise. Some are not aware that gynecomastia surgery can effectively treat this condition.

As such, many men who suffer from gynecomastia live with the condition in silence and have their self-confidence plummet.

Gynecomastia is a condition that YOU CAN CHOOSE not to live with; it is treatable. When done by skilled and experienced doctors, Gynecomastia surgery produces excellent results.

Myth #5: ManBoobs Will Come Back Again After Gynecomastia Surgery

Many are afraid that the gynecomastia condition will come back to haunt them again after their surgery and are thus unwilling to fix the condition with surgery. However, that cannot be further from the truth.

Once a gynecomastia surgery is performed, the enlarged breasts will be taken care of permanently.

Although rare, 10 percent of patients who have had surgery may experience a recurrence of gynecomastia. Ageing, hormonal changes, alcohol, opioids, anabolic steroids, and certain medications and drugs are usually associated with the onset of gynecomastia. In most cases, gynecomastia WILL NOT return after the affected tissues are removed.

Myth #6 – Insurance Does Not Cover For Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery cost in Singapore varies based on the doctor's skills, gynecomastia grades and case complexity.

While prices are one of the variables you need to consider, the doctor’s experience, the variety of gynecomastia cases he has treated, and your comfort level with the doctor and his team are just as necessary as the final costs of the surgery.

To know if your condition is claimable by insurance or Medisave, you must first ascertain that your enlarged male breast is a medical condition and is medically necessary to have it removed.

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