Gynecomastia FAQ

What causes gynecomastia?

There is no exact cause however, gynecomastia has been linked to certain medications, use of steroids and hormonal imbalance.

Can’t I just exercise and diet to get rid of my man boobs?

Many men have tried the traditional methods of dieting and exercise in hope to reduce their ‘man boobs’ however, found nothing to be effective.

How is gynecomastia treated?


The only way to reverse gynecomastia is through male breast reduction surgery. Surgeons use techniques to remove fat and glandular tissue, removing excess skin and the remaining skin is tightened over the chest.

Is there noticeable scarring after surgery?

If the surgeon makes careful incisions, the incision lines should fade considerably after surgery.

Can man boobs grow back after surgery?

In most cases, the results of gynecomastia surgery are long term. However, there are certain factors that could increase the chances of gynecomastia reoccurring such as, weight gain, steroid use, drug use and hormonal fluctuations.

What are the benefits of gynecomastia?

There are many benefits of gynecomastia such as improving the appearance of the chest, increased self-confidence, and sexual satisfaction.


How painful is the surgery?

Most patients say that surgery is not as painful as they expected it to be. From patient feedback, recovery is said to be easy with discomfort being compared to doing ‘chest day’ at the gym.

How long is recovery from surgery?

Recovery varies from patient to patient and the scope of the surgery. Most patients can return to work a week after surgery with no issues. Light exercise can be carried out two weeks after surgery with more strenuous activities four to six weeks after surgery.   


When can I return to the gym?

Most patients begin exercising slowly about one week after surgery and find they are back to their usual gym routine around two weeks. Most men can return to work after 5-7 days unless they have a very physical job and need an extra week to recuperate.

How long does it take to see the results?

Most men see an almost immediate improvement in their chest contour; however, complete results often take 4-6 months. Swelling and some bruising are normal after surgery, and the healing time will depend on the individual.