Breast forming in men, a common problem? Breasts are sexy … in women. And because breasts belong to women, no man wants to walk around with two of these bumps. Yet there are enough men who suffer from the so-called manboobs. About a tenth of the young men and a third of the older men suffer from this. In this article we look at the causes and solutions.
What are male breasts / manboobs?
Men’s breasts arise due to stubborn fat accumulation in chest area. Male breasts can occur at a young age, usually in boys or men who are overweight.
Causes of breast formation in men
Several factors often together ensure that men get breasts. Below you will find the most important causes and tips on how to deal with them.
It will come as no surprise that bad food contributes to breast formation in men. After all, male breasts consist largely of excess fat that is stored at the breast. That is why it is advisable to eat as healthy as possible. Use, for example, as few products as possible with fats and sugars. Sugars can also bring the male hormones out of balance, so that fat is stored earlier in the breasts.
Low testosterone value
A low testosterone value can be a cause of male breasts. Signals can be: painful or noticeably larger breasts, loss of body and facial hair, shrunken testicles, erectile dysfunction and hot flashes. Do you suspect that you are bothered by this? Always have this checked by the doctor. Too much alcohol and stress can have a very bad influence on the testosterone level. You can increase your testosterone levels by doing more strength training, sleeping well and eating enough healthy fats.
Lack of movement
Of course, sports are always good to lose fat, so also fat around the breasts. In the case of male breasts, it is advisable to conditionally exercise to lose fat, as well as to train a lot with weights. Exercises to tighten your breasts include the chest press, chestfly and push ups. With these exercises you strengthen your chest muscles, making your male breasts tighter. In addition, it stimulates testosterone release. You can always ask for personal advice from a trainer at the gym.
Disease or deviation
Male breasts are not always a cause of an unhealthy lifestyle. There may also be a deeper problem. Often it is about an inherited predisposition for the formation of breasts. But there can also be a serious illness. For example, the Klinefelter Syndrome . When men have breasts without being overweight, this is sometimes the underlying reason. Always visit the doctor if there is a suspicion of Klinefelter.
Treatments for men’s breasts
If changes in your diet and lifestyle do not help you get rid of your men’s breasts, you can take more serious measures. So you can start with medication, gels or ointments after consultation with your doctor. If this does not help, then you will see if you are eligible for a breast reduction for men.
Before a breast reduction can be performed, we first look at what kind of breast formation you have. There are various possibilities:
Breast formation due to excessive glandular tissue
Breast formation due to excessive adipose tissue
Breast formation due to excessive fat and skin folds
Depending on the type of breast formation, the right treatment is chosen for you. A breast reduction costs about between 1500 and 3900 euros, depending on the reputation of a clinic, the chosen treatment method, the specific wishes you have and how much experience the specialist has.
For an overview of the prices per clinic for breast reduction see the page prices and costs for a breast reduction for men .
For more information about this treatment, see our extensive information page on breast reduction for men .
Breast formation in men is becoming more common. Men’s breasts often decrease considerably by eating healthier and exercising more. If that is not enough, or if you are unlucky to be burdened with a hereditary predisposition to breast formation, breast reduction is a very effective treatment for men.