Two Causes of Gynecomastia Not Always Cured by Exercise

A few years ago, there was a commercial for a UK gym advising men that brassieres are for the ladies and they should work out to get rid of the excess fat in the chest area. But plastic surgeons like Dr. Pope say that exercise only gets people so far when it comes to ridding themselves of the excess fat in the chest area, clinically known as gynecomastia.

That’s because some men have more breast tissue because of a hormone imbalance, which will never completely go away no matter how much they exercise. The other cause of gynecomastia, obesity, can be remedied somewhat by weight loss, but the issue of excess tissue is always there, just as it is on the rest of the body.

That’s what one man, profiled in a dramatic weight-loss story, learned after losing more than 200 pounds. He kept getting teased on the street about his the excess fat in the chest area and eventually had gynecomastia surgery to successfully rid himself of the problem. And he’s not alone; apparently 20,000 American men had the surgery last year, an 80 percent increase from 10 years ago.

It has been suggested that the paparazzi focusing more on aging male celebrities and their problems with their chest area, as well as plastic surgery shows like “Dr. 90210,” have brought more attention to the issue in recent years, making the surgery more socially acceptable. And with one in three men having some breast enlargement as they age, it’s an issue that certainly isn’t going away.

George H. Pope, M.D. is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

About Pope Plastic Surgery: Pope Plastic Surgery is regarded as one of Central Florida’s premier plastic surgery centers. Dr. George Pope is one of Central Florida’s most sought after plastic surgeons (he was voted to the city’s list of best plastic surgeons by readers of Orlando Magazine three years in a row). Services range from rhinoplasty and nasal contouring, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty, revisionist surgery, and gynecomastia. Liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries are also offered. Dr. Pope and his staff also provide minimally invasive procedures such as laser skin resurfacing, Sculptra Aesthetics, Botox® injections, Latisse, Juvederm, and Restylane®. Visit for more information.

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