The Daily Mail Nip & Tuck 20th March 2017
The Nip & Tuck articles by Dr Tracy Mountford appear weekly, in print and online in the Monday ‘Inspire’ section. In this week’s column, a reader asks if there is a non-surgical treatment for her husband’s ‘moobs’:
My husband has moobs! Are there any non-surgical treatments available?
Dr Tracy Mountford explains that male breasts (known at gynecomastia) are caused by an imbalance of testosterone and oestrogen. Typically, men produce much higher levels of testosterone, which prevents breast tissue from growing. However, an increase in oestrogen can be triggered by natural hormonal changes in later life, certain medical conditions and as a side-effect of some medication. In order to determine the cause of male breasts developing, the condition needs medical evaluation and in appropriate cases, surgery can correct over-large male breasts. In this case, an overnight stay may be required.
When the problem is simply an excess of fat, a good alternative is cryolipolysis, which is a fat-freezing treatment. One of the most well-known FDA-cleared treatments is CoolSculpting which is a non-invasive procedure that targets the fat cells beneath the skin’s surface to destroy them. Following treatment, the targeted fat cells die naturally and over time are reduced from your body.