It is a refreshing thing to be able to see people addressing gynecomastia on social platforms, especially influencers who reach a wide audience. Today, we will be spotlighting Aaron Marino.

About Aaron Marino

Aaron Marino, the creator of alpham, has built a successful business helping men achieve their full potential physically and emotionally, as a consultant for grooming, fashion, and fitness. He unabashedly addresses very personal issues that men have to deal with and uses compassion and humor to get much-needed information from men. Other than fashion, he covers topics including things such as hair loss, tattoo removal, and gynecomastia.

Aaron has appeared on many television programs such as; Fear Factor, Shark Tank, MTV, Ask Men, and many more and has also been featured in the Huffington Post, Forbes, GQ, and more. He has posted a video on YouTube titled “Man Boobs | How to Treat, Manage, and Eliminate Gynecomastia”. In this video, Aaron addresses the topic in a style of sensitivity and light humor. He explains some of the causes of gynecomastia. He has a very forthright way of talking directly to men giving them a sense that he understands the emotional havoc gynecomastia can cause. Additionally, he gives some very good suggestions to men on what they can do about it, from weight loss and exercise, avoiding steroid use, to buying t-shirts two sizes down, or compression vests such as Spanx. And of course, he discusses the possibility of surgery for some. Click here to view his gynecomastia YouTube video.

More About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes male breast tissue to become enlarged in one or both breasts. This excess breast tissue can understandably cause self-confidence issues and embarrassment for those living with it.

The main cause of gynecomastia is hormonal imbalance in testosterone production and estrogen levels in teenage boys, though it can also be caused by anabolic steroids, some recreational drugs, and certain medications (such as heart medications). Gynecomastia can affect males of any age including newborn babies, adolescent boys, and older men.

Common gynecomastia symptoms include:

  • Breast tenderness
  • Breast swelling
  • Male breast enlargement
  • Swollen breast tissue
  • Puffy nipples
  • Nipple discharge
  • A firm lump of glandular tissue under the nipple
  • And more

Gynecomastia is not to be confused with a condition called pseudogynecomastia, in which excess fatty tissue is the cause of enlarged breasts. While liposuction can help to reduce the size of the chest with pseudogynecomastia, weight loss and elimination of excess tissue is often the most effective treatment.

For some, gynecomastia will resolve on its own, usually during adolescence. However, others may not be so lucky. If gynecomastia follows a male into adulthood, surgery is the best way to treat gynecomastia.

About Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery, also called male breast reduction, is a procedure that involves the surgical removal of glandular tissue, fatty tissue, and excess skin from the breasts. There are a variety of surgical techniques that can be used during this procedure including liposuction and excision.

Schedule a Consultation in San Francisco or Novato

If you are living with gynecomastia symptoms such as enlarged male breasts or male breast growth and are interested in learning more about this condition and if male breast reduction surgery is right for you, contact Dr. Delgado today. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 30 years of treating gynecomastia, Dr. Delgado has the ample skill and experience needed to correct gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia FAQs

Is breast cancer associated with gynecomastia?

The risk of male breast cancer is low in those with and without gynecomastia.

Is body fat the cause of my breast tissue growth?

If you are overweight and are experiencing breast enlargement, you may have pseudogynecomastia. In these cases, body fat is the cause for symptoms rather than breast gland tissue. Weight loss is often a solution. However, excess skin may be an issue following weight loss. This can be addressed with surgical intervention for a flatter chest.

What is asymptomatic gynecomastia?

This form of gynecomastia is gynecomastia that is not associated with any symptoms. It is actually quite common and can affect males of all ages.

How is gynecomastia diagnosed?

During a consultation appointment, Dr. Delgado will speak with you regarding your medical history and perform a physical exam. He may also ask you questions about your gynecomastia symptoms and how long you have been experiencing symptoms. Blood tests may also be ordered. A diagnosis may then be made and a plan for gynecomastia treatment created.

Can plastic surgeons address gynecomastia?

Yes, a board-certified plastic surgeon is a fantastic choice for performing your gynecomastia surgical procedure. When seeking out a surgeon, be sure to do your homework and consult with more than one to determine which surgeon is right for you.

When do males develop gynecomastia?

Males can develop gynecomastia at any age. However, it is most commonly developed during adolescence when hormone changes are occurring and hormone levels are fluctuating.

Dr. Delgado Bio


Dr. Delgado, MD is a world-recognized plastic surgeon and specialist in the treatment of male breast enlargement, also called gynecomastia. He has developed new techniques and owns and operates, which has become the largest gynecomastia forum in the world. Dr. Delgado holds the two most coveted credentials; the certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgery.