The Private Clinic explores gynecomastia

It’s a condition not always spoken about seriously in the media, but gynecomastia (otherwise known as man boobs or ‘moobs’) is thought to affect up to 40% of the UK male population. Often linked to obesity or lack of exercise, the condition can occur in even the fittest and thinnest due to genetics and hormones. But how can you get rid of it?

There’s no straightforward answer as everyone’s body is different. Your first option should always be exercise and diet, particularly if you are living a sedentary lifestyle or are currently overweight. Portion sizes and the type of you food you eat can have a severe effect on the condition, and it might surprise you what food and drinks can affect it.

Despite most believing it to be the nectar of male existence, there is evidence pointing to beer as a contributor to dreaded fat on the chest. Research suggests that hops contained in the beverage contain phytoestrogens which mimic the female hormone oestrogen and contribute toward a more feminine, softer chest. While it is fairly obvious that a diet high in fat is going to melt even rock-hard pecs into something more delicate, eating too little can also heighten your chances too. Depriving yourself of vital nutrition deprives your body of testosterone whilst leaving oestrogen levels the same, creating a hormone imbalance that results guessed it, gynecomastia.

Thin and healthy men can too be affected, however, and there are many cases where even the most stringent work out regime won’t help. Surgery can seem a drastic and daunting option to rid of frustrating fat, but more men are beginning to opt for it as procedures become less invasive and more effective. Minimally invasive options like MicroLipo and VASER Lipo are particularly popular as, performed under local anaesthetic and without major surgery, they can create a huge difference with minimum trauma to the body.

Both procedures are, in the most basic terms, an update on traditional liposuction. Where they differ from previous forms, however, is in how little they affect the body. Neither procedure requires general anaesthetic or a stay in hospital, so how then do they produce the same results?

As its name suggests MicroLipo achieves its success through the tiny scale it works on. It works in much the same way as traditional liposuction, but uses revolutionary cannulas ranging in size from just 0.9mm - 3mm. The intricate nature of the procedure means it works better on smaller areas of fat than vast regions, making it ideal for hard-to-shift areas like the chest and only suitable for those who are already relatively healthy.

VASER Lipo doesn’t use tubes as intricate as those of MicroLipo, but still works on a much smaller scale than traditional liposuction. Fat is liquefied prior to removal through advanced ultrasound, making the procedure less invasive and more focused than some other methods of fat removal.

In terms of how effective both procedures are for treating the condition, they can yield fantastic and lasting results providing you are willing to maintain your figure afterwards. Neither is a ‘quick-fix’ and your ‘moobs’ are likely to return should you avoid exercise and healthy food after treatment.

Likewise, it is important to remember that the success of any treatment relies fully upon the skill of doctor or surgeon who performs it. Even minimally-invasive options like Micro and VASER Lipo have risks if they are not performed correctly and you may put yourself through unnecessary pain for results that are disappointing if you work with a professional who is inexperienced or poorly trained.


‘Man boobs’ are frustrating to get rid of but, if you’re suffering, there are ways to get rid of them. Exercise and diet should always be your first option, but if a healthy lifestyle isn’t proving effective there are minimally-invasive options to tackle them.

A good doctor or surgeon will always be able to work with you to find the best method to help you get rid of gynecomastia. Whether it’s through a specialist diet, surgery or any other means, ensure you thoroughly research any medical practitioner you work with and you could be permanently rid of the condition.


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