The condition itself doesn’t require treatment unless it’s painful or embarrassing. However, the fact of the matter is that it is socially embarrassing for almost all and impairs their normal lifestyle and social interaction.
Medical therapy: Chemical treatment with clomiphen (estrogen blocker), danazol, tamoxifen (antiestrogen) and dihydrotestosterone have been attempted and their efficacy remains to be proven.
Cosmetic surgery: Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, removes tissue from the breasts, and in extreme cases excess skin, and can improve the appearance of the chest in cases where diet and exercise have failed. Similarly, suction liposuction works well for many cases and the cosmetic results can be good especially if performed by a surgeon with experience in this operation.
However, since it’s often considered cosmetic surgery, patients usually dole out around $3,000 for the procedure. Also, it is has its own share of side effects and complications. Complications include infection, skin damage, fluid accumulation, bleeding, and scarring or pigment changes. Meanwhile, numbness or lack of sensation can last up to a year.
It should also be noted that some men have found the results of the surgery to be less than satisfactory due to scarring with irregular contours, a sunken appearance or asymmetry of the nipple areas.
Natural treatment: For the last few years, there have been several “natural” supplements, creams and pills in the market that are being frequently used by millions of people worldwide to naturally treat gynecomastia. As the efficacy and safety of not all of these supplements is established yet, a careful choice should be made and a pill or supplement should be chosen only after considering the basic criteria of efficiency, cost, safety, money-back guarantee and time required for the natural regression of the male breast tissue.
All in all, for many men with gynecomastia becomes a real nightmare in life. For them, summer can be a season for social exclusion and embarrassment. Despite the condition being considered non life-threatening, gynecomastia can significantly alter quality of life for those affected.
For example, men may avoid swimming or taking their shirts off and activities where their breasts can be seen to avoid embarrassment. It is; therefore, always better to check the problem at the first stage and consult with your doctor to see what could be done to halt the condition before it progresses and eventually affects the quality of your life.