Causes for Male Breast Enlargement

Every year, an increasing number of men suffer from male breast enlargement which can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for both men and boys. Usually, a balanced diet and regular exercise can help reduce the chances of developing large breasts.

However other factors like rapid weight gain and gynecomastia can also lead to male breast enlargement. In case these natural remedies do not work, surgery is resorted to restore the breasts’ normal shape.


The breast tissue in enlarged male breasts develops directly under the nipple and is usually no more than 1 ½ inches across. There is no limit to the amount of excess fatty tissue in the breast region. It is proportionate to the amount of weight gained.


Types of enlarged male breasts

there are two types; excess fatty tissue caused by puberty and excessive weight gain and a condition known as gynecomastia that leads to firm breast tissue in both or one male breast.


Excess fatty tissue that leads to male breast enlargement usually occurs when boys go through puberty. However it can also occur to any man who experiences rapid and excessive weight gain.

This excess fatty tissue remains till exercise and diet remedies it. On the contrary, gynecomastia can affect any male at any age where its firm breast tissue is removed only through surgery.


In case of male breast enlargement because of gynecomastia, it results in the development of firm breast tissue directly under the nipple, which may lead to tenderness in the breast region. However male breast enlargement because of excess fatty tissue leads to the formation of tissue under the nipple which is not firm in nature and does not cause physical pain.


Many young boys and teens with enlarged breasts think they have gynecomastia. On the contrary, they have only excess fatty tissue in the breast region. The best way to have this confirmed is by visiting your physician for a consultation.

On examination, your physician will be able to determine the type of male breast enlargement you suffer from, and advise you on the best treatment to take.

Treatment and prevention

The best way to prevent male breast enlargement is by maintaining a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen. You also have to refrain from taking drugs like anabolic steroids, marijuana and prescription drugs. In case of persistent male breast enlargement, breast reduction surgery is the best treatment option available.