Cosmetic surgeons in Scotland are reporting increased interest in cosmetic surgery at the moment, from men who want to improve their appearance. Thought to be the result of a ‘Zoom-Boom’, more men are booking appointments, including male breast reduction treatments, as soon as they are able.
This comes as no big surprise, as at no other time have we been forced to look at ourselves along with all of our imperfections on video-calls for long periods.
But what really causes man boobs? It might be assumed that moobs are solely caused by living an unhealthy lifestyle. But there can be other reasons. By identifying the main cause of gynaecomastia can be the first step to successful male breast reduction.
Man boobs can be caused by diet, and gaining weight can result in more fat deposits on your chest area. Furthermore, weight gain can affect the muscle to fat ratio, and as fatty tissue takes over, this can also result in the body producing more oestrogen hormone. This can result in the development of man boobs.
The good news is that, if this is the prime cause, then a person can adapt their eating habits and introduce exercise to reverse their condition. By keeping a food journal, focusing on low fat cooking techniques and choosing fruit and vegetables over unhealthy snacks.
An overindulgence in alcohol can also result in man boobs, as it can cause liver damage. The liver is responsible for metabolizing hormones, so again, damage can result in excess oestrogen.
Also depriving the body of enough nutrients can result in testosterone deficiency. Men can develop moobs during an insufficient diet, and some can grow moobs when their food intake returns to normal. This phenomenon is called ‘feeding gynaecomastia’ and was first noted in 1945 when malnourished men liberated from prison camps grew breast tissue after returning to a normal diet.
When there is an imbalance of the body’s hormones in men, specifically low levels of testosterone which stops the breast tissue from expanding.
Some men develop gynaecomastia because of hormone changes or fluctuations, and there can be several reasons for this to happen. Other than diet-specific reasons already mentioned, these include;
- taking certain medications or antibiotics
- using illicit drugs, such as anabolic steroids
- liver or kidney disease, tumours and other medical conditions
If the breast tissue is enlarging because of a medical issue, treating the underlying condition can help. However, if medication is the cause, unless alternatives are available, the benefits of taking this might outweigh the side effects.
If moobs do not reduce with changes to diet and exercise, or other treatment changes, then it is time to consider male breast reduction surgery.
If you have gynecomastia and are thinking of male breast reduction surgery, contact the Masculum Clinic and book a consultation with a Gynaecomastia specialist.