New Study Shows Cryolipolysis Reduces Enlarged Male Breasts


Fat-freezing provides a safe and effective non-surgical alternative for men seeking breast reduction procedures, according to a new scientific analysis. Of the men who underwent fat-freezing treatments as part of the study, 95 percent noted an improved appearance and 89 percent cited less embarrassment about the appearance of their chests. The study’s findings are published in the September issue of Dermatologic Surgery, the official journal of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

This new study demonstrates that cryolipolysis provides a viable solution for enlargement of the male breast due to excess fat. This pseudogynecomastia condition often causes self-consciousness and psychological distress, especially in adolescents and young men, according to the authors.

The study’s authors tracked the treatment results of 21 males with excess fat around the breasts who experienced a pair of consecutive 60-minute fat-freezing treatments, then an additional 60-minute treatment two months later. Clinical photographs and ultrasound imaging demonstrated a reduction in breast contour and volume after the treatments.

The subjects also detected progress. In addition to the vast majority of participants reporting improved appearance and less embarrassment, 95 percent said they would recommend fat-freezing to a friend.

Participants revealed that “a modest fat-layer reduction produced a significant improvement in quality of life,” the authors write. “Comparison of the survey responses at the 60-day and final follow-up visits shows that [participants’] self-image and satisfaction with the procedure increased significantly after the second treatment” and with additional time for the treatments to take effect.

“Results from this pilot study indicate that the non-invasive procedure is generally safe, with minimal to no downtime, and [the results are] sustained over one year from the first treatment,” the authors write. “Moreover, it achieves appreciable results, enhanced by subject satisfaction and good treatment tolerance.”

The authors note the treatment’s side effects include mild discomfort and fleeting tenderness and tingling afterward.

Surgery for breast size reduction is the fourth-most popular cosmetic surgery procedure for men, according to the study, despite many patients fearing invasive surgical procedures because of potential complications and the necessary recovery time. Standard treatment options include surgical excision under anesthesia, liposuction or a combination of both.

The study notes the stigma associated with enlarged breasts in males can make patients reluctant to discuss their concerns with doctors. However, the results suggest overcoming any initial embarrassment can yield worthwhile results without requiring an invasive procedure.

The study, “Cryolipolysis for Targeted Fat Reduction and Improved Appearance of the Enlarged Male Breast,” is authored by Girish S. Munavalli, MD, MHS, and Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, MD, PhD.

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