Gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia are cosmetic issues that can have a profound impact on a man’s life. The causes of these conditions are different, but the result is the same. Visually, these conditions result in the appearance of enlarged areolas and male breasts. “Man boobs” or “moobs” can be a source of teasing and harassment in boys, teens and men of all ages. They can impact all aspects of life, including personal relationships, professional prospects and more. In addition, they can result in poor self-image and a lack of self-confidence. These can have far-reaching and detrimental effects on the individual. In some cases, these conditions have led to severe anxiety and depression. Luckily, there are many treatments and options available to help hide the appearance of man boobs.
Common Treatment Options
Man boobs may disappear on their own in some cases. For example, if weight gain and body fat are the cause of pseudogynecomastia, weight loss may resolve the matter entirely or may reduce their size and visibility. Hormonal changes may cause gynecomastia, such as those associated with puberty, specific medications and more. It can take several years to see improvement, and time does not always result in improvement. Surgery is sometimes needed to remove excess tissue associated with man boobs. If you are waiting to see if weight loss or time could improve the situation or if you are on the fence about getting surgery, you should be aware of the effective ways to hide man boobs. Many teens and men who have used these various products have regained self-confidence, improved self-image and put a halt to bullying and harassment.
Compression Shirts and Vests
Some men buy smaller undershirts that are tight and uncomfortable to conceal their male breasts and enlarged nipples. While this may be partially effective, wearing clothes that are too small for you can make you miserable on a daily basis. Specialized compression shirts and vests are available as an alternative. While they have a smoothing effect across problem areas like breasts and love handles, they are comfortable to wear. If you choose to invest in compression shirts and vests, it is best to wear looser outer shirts with them. This will help you to stay comfortable and may prevent others from noticing the undergarment.
To enjoy the best results, consider wearing darker shirt colors. Choose shirts with a higher neckline, and avoid wearing necklaces and other accessories that draw attention to the chest area. Darker colors, like black and navy, naturally have a more flaterring effect.
Gynecoemastia and pseudogynecomastia may also cause swollen or puffy areolas. The areolas and nipples can both be seen through a man’s shirt in many cases, and this can draw additional attention to the chest. Compression shirts and vests are designed to smooth over the entire surface of the chest to hide the presence of man boobs, but may not flatten puffy areolas. Nipple covers may work well with or without compression shirts or vests. These are special stickers that apply easily to the areolar tissue. While they remain in place throughout the day without concern, the stickers are easy to remove when desired. They flatten and smooth over the entire areola to create a flush surface to minimize the appearance of the swollen areolas.
A specialized t-shirt is another option. These are designed to be worn on its own without another layer over or underneath. Its fabric weight and weave flatten and conceal bumps and rolls across the man’s chest. These shirts have a looser appearance across the abdomen and arms, so they have the look of a t-shirt outwardly. The smoothing effect over the male breasts gives the impression of flat pecs rather than breasts. These shirts may be practical for leisure use or as active wear.
Some men may eventually decide that the pain and cost associated with surgical breast tissue reduction is worthwhile. Others may find that specialized apparel sufficiently addresses their concerns and improves their quality of life. Even if you ultimately decide to get surgery, shirts and nipple covers may help to make your life more enjoyable in the meantime.