Chest fat or man boobs are a common concern that can affect confidence and self-esteem. Chest fat and man boobs (known as gynaecomastia) affect around 30% of males. While chest fat doesn’t necessarily pose a medical risk, it can cause discomfort, anxiety and self-consciousness. Fortunately, there are ways to lose chest fat if it is affecting your happiness.
Often, chest fat simply occurs through having a higher level of body fat. In some cases, after losing body fat, there may still be chest fat.
This can be due to gynaecomastia. This is where there is an increase in breast gland tissue, giving a more pronounced shape. Breast tissue occurs in both males and females. However, this breast tissue is usually smaller for males.
Genetics can also play a factor in chest fat. It may be that you are predisposed to have more breast tissue which can make chest fat look more pronounced.
In some cases, gynaecomastia is due to a hormone imbalance between oestrogen and testosterone. This can happen at any stage in a man’s life, however, it can be more prominent in puberty and older age when hormone levels can vary. In older age, men can also produce less testosterone.
The leading cause of chest fat is a general increase in body fat. However, other rare causes include the misuse of drugs and alcohol, side effects of some medicines, or another health condition.
If you believe there may be an underlying health condition that is causing your chest fat, then it is wise to speak to your GP.
If you are trying to reduce chest fat, then usually, the most effective first step is to try and reduce overall body fat. Unfortunately, there is no way to spot target fat loss or lose weight specifically in the chest. By following a healthy balanced diet and trying to be in a small, sustainable calorie deficit is the first way to try and lower overall body fat, which should then reduce chest fat.
Small healthy changes to your diet can be effective for sustainable fat loss. Making small changes makes it easier to stay on track with your goal and maintain consistency with a healthy lifestyle.
As well as overall exercise to help with a healthy lifestyle, you may also want to incorporate targeted chest exercises to help build muscle and improve tone in this area. By working on the muscles in this area, you may help to reduce the appearance of chest fat.
Some popular exercises that target the muscles in the chest include:
If your overall body fat is healthy, yet you are still unhappy with the appearance of chest fat, then there are further solutions that can help to target this specific area.
At Hans Place, we see many individuals who are looking to remove stubborn fat on the chest. After discussing their lifestyle and long-term goals, we work with each client to find the right solution for their needs.
One of the most popular treatment options for chest fat is Vaser liposuction. This is not a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise. However, it is incredibly effective if you are looking to remove the stubborn fat that doesn’t seem to shift with diet and exercise alone.
Vaser liposuction is a minimally invasive treatment that breaks up the fat cells and then carefully removes them through an aspiration process. The procedure requires tiny, subtly placed incisions. Its precise work helps to minimise any damage to the surrounding tissue.
With this procedure, the surgeon will not only work to remove fat but selectively sculpt the area to achieve the desired result. This can help to reduce the appearance of ‘man boob’ through careful sculpting.
Treatment through Vaser liposuction is a quick procedure taking place in a minor surgical theatre. Without the need for general anaesthetic, you can usually leave the clinic within 30-45 minutes after the procedure.
If you are not only looking to remove chest fat but also create gym-sculpted pecs, then Vaser Mid and Hi-Def is another option to consider. Hi-Def is a carefully trained skill, where the highly experienced surgeon uses expert techniques to sculpt around the muscles to create the appearance of muscular definition and tone.
Hi-Def offers a highly athletic look; Mid-Def is a slightly softer approach. If you are not sure which option is right for you, we welcome you to look at some of our before and after photos or to book a consultation with Dr Comins to discuss your options.
A complimentary treatment that can work to enhance the results of Vaser liposuction is Renuvion. Renuvion can tighten and tone the chest area, helping to increase collagen production for improved skin texture.
Working in conjunction with Vaser liposuction, you can not only remove stubborn chest fat but tighten and tone the area for an improved appearance. This means that if there is any loose or sagging skin in the chest area after weight loss, then Renuvion can help to improve the skin tone for improved confidence.
If, in fact, it is loose skin on the chest area that is giving the appearance of fat on the chest, then Renuvion is a treatment in itself that can help to tighten the skin and underlying tissue for a firmer appearance. This highly effective treatment offers excellent results without the need for surgery.
If you’re looking to enhance the appearance of your chest area, whether through stubborn fat removal, muscular sculpting or skin tightening, Hans Place can help. To find the right treatment for your needs, book your free consultation with the team here.