Can CoolSculpting reduce man boobs (pseudogynecomastia)?
CoolSculpting is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that has changed the lives of many people who struggled to shift stubborn pockets of fat through diet and exercise alone. Pseudogynecomastia, commonly known as ‘man boobs’ or ‘moobs’, is the result of having excess fat situated over the pectoral muscle on the chest and is one lesser-known area that can significantly benefit from treatment.
The term pseudogynecomastia has developed from the original medical condition of gynecomastia which develops due to a hormonal imbalance of oestrogen and testosterone, which can cause the breast tissue to swell and sometimes become painful. ‘Man boobs’ are formed due to pseudogynecomastia, which is caused by fat deposition. Treating gynecomastia can significantly improve body image and self-esteem for men.
Can CoolSculpting effectively treat male gynecomastia?
A common misconception is that CoolSculpting is only beneficial for women. But men are just as likely to have CoolSculpting performed as women, just not necessarily in the same treatment areas. Whilst women are often plagued by excess thigh, upper arm, and buttock fat, the troublesome areas men experience are quite different. The most common male treatment areas we work with are the abdomen, flanks and chest.
CoolSculpting uses precisely controlled cooling, known as cryolipolysis to target fat cells in specific zones. It’s the world’s number one body contouring treatment, with more than 8 million procedures having been performed since it was introduced over ten years ago. It targets the fat cells beneath the skin, reducing the temperature in the treatment area to -11 degrees C. The treated fat cells are crystallised, then destroyed, leaving your body to naturally process and eliminate the dead fat cells. A single treatment can reduce fat deposits by up to 27%, leaving the chest area looking more sculpted.
Following treatment, the body processes and flushes out the destroyed fat cells gradually and naturally. Patients can usually expect to see their results over a period of up to twelve weeks.
What can I expect during treatment?
Before treatment, you will have a complimentary consultation with a highly trained practitioner who will explore your fat loss goals and answer any questions you may have. CoolSculpting for male gynecomastia isn’t suitable for everyone, and an assessment can confirm your suitability for treatment.
An applicator will be placed on each side of the chest during the procedure. The vacuum created then carefully pulls the fat deposit inside, cooling the cells with a freezing temperature. The procedure is relatively painless; however, some patients report an unusual mild tugging sensation and an intense cold as the cells freeze.
What results can I expect?
Some patients require multiple treatment sessions to achieve their goals, and it can take up to twelve weeks to see optimum results. However, by freezing the fat cells, they are permanently eliminated and, by following a healthy lifestyle, the results can be maintained.
What else can I try for eliminating fat on the chest?
The best way to reduce chest fat is to look at your weight, diet, and exercise routine. If you are overweight or don’t currently make time for exercise, this is a great starting point for improving your physique.
Reduce sugars, processed foods, and foods high in fat and salt. Also, try to eliminate or reduce your alcohol consumption and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Include healthy choices such as fish, fruit and veg, nuts, lean meats, healthy carbs and whole grains. Include strength training and cardio in your exercise routine, as this accelerates fat loss and boosts your metabolism. Exercises like press-ups, chest presses and the dumbbell fly will help to tone up your pec muscles.
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Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.