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How to detect gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is accompanied by breast pain, tenderness, and a rubbery disc of breast tissue underneath the nipple. Though enlarged breasts do not usually cause medical issues, many men choose to remedy the condition by having surgery. If you believe you have gynecomastia, an experienced gynecomastia doctor can make an accurate gynecomastia diagnosis.

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How to detect gynecomastia

Gynecomastia Medical History

A medical history is a critical part of diagnosis. For example, adolescent gynecomastia is diagnosed by breast development during puberty that does not resolve after two years and is the most common type of gynecomastia. The second most common cause of male breast enlargement is drug-induced gynecomastia. The medical history can determine if breast development is due to anabolic steroid usage, testosterone treatment for Low-T, or other drugs. However, the history may determine that the gynecomastia has no apparent cause. In that case, the patient receives a diagnosis of idiopathic or unknown etiology after a series of negative tests. This diagnosis accounts for 25% of cases. Therefore, the answers to a series of questions can determine the cause of the gynecomastia in 90% of all cases.

Gynecomastia Physical Exam

In most circumstances, a physical examination is enough to diagnose gynecomastia. During the exam, you will lie flat, with your hands supporting your head. The surgeon uses his or her thumb and forefinger to palpate the breast tissue, looking for a specific feature found in males with gynecomastia. If you genuinely suffer from gynecomastia, the physician will find a rubbery mound or disc of tissue beneath the nipple. This tissue can be of various sizes and may be tender to the touch. For men with pseudogynecomastia, this area beneath the nipple feels like soft, spongy fat.

Your physician may also inspect the testicles for size or asymmetry, the neck for a goiter, and the abdomen for any abnormal growth.

Is a Mammogram Needed to for a Gynecomastia Diagnosis?

A mammogram is a radiologic picture of the breast tissue. This test also evaluates the breast for early signs of breast cancer. Breast cancer is rare in men; it’s found in only 0.02% of males. A man over 60 years old who has gynecomastia and does not want to undergo male breast reduction surgery should have a mammogram X-ray to evaluate any suspicious or abnormal tissue. Young or middle-aged men with gynecomastia do not need a mammogram for diagnosis or before surgery, as the tissue is sent to pathology for evaluation after gynecomastia surgery.

Blood Testing

There is no direct test to diagnose gynecomastia. However, tests like the endocrine hormone test can evaluate the levels and balance of hormones to determine the cause of gynecomastia. In cases where a direct reason is not identified, hormone testing is essential to rule out pathological gynecomastia or tumors secreting hormones that cause male breast development. In 25% of cases no cause is determined, leading to a diagnosis of male breast enlargement of unknown etiology.

In some instances, the practitioner may order additional blood testing to determine liver, kidney, and thyroid function. These tests may further pinpoint a cause for male breast enlargement.

Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery is the best treatment option for gynecomastia. Male breast reduction surgery is a permanent solution. In general, the breast tissue will not return.

Gynecomastia FAQs

What triggers gynecomastia?

Male breast enlargement is triggered by the imbalance between estrogen (a female hormone) and testosterone (a male hormone). When the balance is tipped more toward estrogen, it can result in gynecomastia. Young males experience this imbalance during puberty, and older men experience it during male menopause. Gynecomastia can also be triggered by the injection or ingestion of anabolic steroids, common in the bodybuilding world.

How do you fix gynecomastia?

The best way to fix gynecomastia is to have male breast reduction surgery. This surgery is a very successful treatment with an extremely high rate of patient satisfaction.

What is the best drug for gynecomastia?

Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is a selective estrogen modulator (SERM). It can reduce breast tissue but not eliminate it. This drug can be prescribed for painful gynecomastia or severe cases. It is often used by bodybuilders to block the effect of anabolic steroids that can cause gynecomastia. Sometimes clomiphene is used, but it has insignificant results.

How do you test for gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is most commonly a clinical diagnosis made after a qualified doctor obtains a patient’s medical history and finds a rubbery mass or disc underneath the nipple upon performing a physical exam. A mammogram can identify the presents of the breast.

What kind of doctor can provide a gynecomastia diagnosis?

A family doctor may be able to diagnose male breast enlargement or send you to an endocrinologist, or hormone doctor. A plastic surgeon or gynecomastia expert would certainly be able to make this diagnosis.

Do I have gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia?

This diagnosis is sometimes tricky, but pseudogynecomastia is due to fat, and gynecomastia is due to the breast gland. Pseudogynecomastia is usually present in men who are overweight or obese, and the chest size fluctuates with weight gain or loss. The breast feels like soft fat. A true gynecomastia patient can be any size, but the breast tissue feels firm and possibly tender. The volume does not fluctuate with weight fluctuations.

Is there gynecomastia treatment without surgery?

Several non-surgical approaches to gynecomastia have been promoted over the years. These are some of the most common:

  • Weight loss
  • Hormone therapy
  • Nutrition and exercise
  • Avoiding steroids and other estrogen-like drugs
  • Alcohol control
  • Cool sculpting to reduce the fat component

These treatments can affect the volume of the chest to some extent, and in some cases they may be satisfactory. However, for most men, once the breast gland is present, gynecomastia surgery is the only successful cure.

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How to detect gynecomastia

Gynecomastia affects 40-60% of adolescent males, making it a relatively common condition. Despite being so, it is not an openly discussed issue for the most part due to its “embarrassing nature” – a stigma that often overshadows its true and at times urgent medical condition. An individual should not feel discouraged from seeking help, as it can be a much-needed relief.

Gynecomastia is brought on by hormonal imbalance. The causes vary, which includes genetics and from the side effects of taking steroids for bodybuilding and medications for medical conditions. The latter includes medications for heart, stomach and even mental issues. One interesting fact to note and remember – it is not a condition that is associated only with an obese person. Any male with predispositions as mentioned – such as genetics and medicine consumption habit/need is susceptible to the condition.

How do you know if you have gynecomastia?

Pain or tenderness, which may increase over time and swelling are just two possible telltale signs of gynecomastia. To the touch, it feels like a rubbery lump under the nipple affecting one or both. Indicative appearance includes a resemblance to that of a woman’s breasts.

Often, gynecomastia is confused with the expected presence of fat tissue, particularly among young men who are overweight. Hence, an accurate diagnosis and conclusion are best left in the hands of a qualified doctor.

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What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia Symptoms

How do you know if it’s Pseudogynecomastia?

An individual may conclude that given the possible telltale signs, they are suffering from gynecomastia. It could be a wrong assumption. They could, in reality, be experiencing what is known as pseudogynecomastia . Men, in general, tend to accumulate fat in the chest and abdomen regions.

When this fat accumulates in excess around the chest area, it renders a puffy and swollen appearance which is called pseudogynecomastia. Dr. Ivan Puah, our Medical Director who has treated a number of gynecomastia patients, observed that “most men who came in with complaints of pseudogynecomastia were shown to have true gynecomastia after medical assessment.” This reiterates the essential need to seek qualified assessment and help.

Does Pseudogynecomastia go away?

Pseudogynecomastia is breasts enlargement caused by fat accumulation. In theory, the male breasts fat tissues can be improved with exercise and weight loss. However, in many patients, male breasts fat can be rather resistant to weight fluctuation, so losing weight may not lead to significant improvement.

Also Read: Do I have Pseudogynecomastia?

Can VASER Lipo get rid of pseudogynecomastia successfully?

VASER Lipo , a tissue selective fat reduction procedure, is the treatment choice for those suffering from pseudogynecomastia. During the process, small incisions are made on the area to be treated and infiltrated with anaesthetic fluid. Subsequently, I utilise the Vaser probe that transmits ultrasonic sound wave energy to the targeted fat tissues to emulsify the stubborn fat. Once the fat cells are liquefied, they are removed via suction cannulas that are specially made for this procedure.

As VASER Lipo is tissue selective, it only targets fat tissues, preserving the health of nerves, blood vessels and other important connective tissues. Therefore, post-treatment recovery is easy with minimal downtime because only the fat tissues are targeted and removed. Bruising and swelling are minimised with this procedure. As VASER Lipo is a form of liposuction (albeit an improved form of liposuction), it can only be performed by doctors who are trained and accredited by the Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore .

As a proven clinical treatment for pseudogynecomastia, many men have benefited from its results. While this is certainly good news for those afflicted with the condition, bear in mind to practise due diligence in one’s research when seeking help.

How to detect gynecomastia

GynecomastiaВ affects 40 to 60% of adolescent males, making it a relatively common condition. Despite being so, it is not an openly discussed issue for the most part due to its “embarrassing nature” – a stigma that often overshadows its truth and, at times, urgent medical condition. An individual should not feel discouraged from seeking help, as it can be a much-needed relief.

Gynecomastia is brought on by hormonal imbalance. The causes vary, including genetics and the side effects of takingВ steroids for bodybuildingВ and medications for medical conditions. The latter includes medicines for heart, stomach and even mental issues. One interesting fact to note and remember is that it is not a condition associated only with an obese person. Any male with predispositions, such as genetics and medicine consumption habit/need, is susceptible to the condition.

How do you know if you have gynecomastia?

Pain or tenderness, which may increase over time and swelling are just two possible telltale signs of gynecomastia. To the touch, it feels like a rubbery lump under the nipple affecting one or both. Indicative appearance includes a resemblance to that of a woman’s breasts.

Often, gynecomastia is confused with the expected presence of fat tissue, particularly among overweight young men. Hence, an accurate diagnosis and conclusion are best left in the hands of a qualified doctor.

How do you know if it’s fat in the chest (pseudogynecomastia)?

An individual may conclude that given the possible telltale signs, they are suffering from gynecomastia. It could be a wrong assumption. They could, in reality, be experiencing what is known asВ pseudogynecomastia. Men, in general, tend to accumulate fat in the chest and abdomen regions.

When this fat accumulates in excess around the chest area, it renders a puffy and swollen appearance, which is called pseudogynecomastia. Dr. Ivan Puah, our Medical Director who has treated many gynecomastia patients, observed thatВ “most men who came in with complaints of pseudogynecomastia were shown to haveВ true gynecomastiaВ after medical assessment.”В This reiterates the essential need to seek qualified assessment and help. That fat in the chest also has enlarged breasts glands.

Does Pseudogynecomastia go away?

Pseudogynecomastia is breasts enlargement caused by the accumulation of fat in the chest. In theory, the male breasts fat tissues can be improved with exercise and weight loss. However, in many patients, male breasts fat can be rather resistant to weight fluctuation, so losing weight may not lead to significant improvement.

Possible Gynecomastia Symptoms

The main gynecomastia symptoms include the enlargement of the glandular tissue in the breasts and tenderness experienced around the breast and the nipple. Possible gynecomastia symptoms include nipple discharge in one or both breasts.

In true gynecomastia, glandular tissue may develop in one or both breasts. This tissue may be located directly behind the nipple. To check for gynecomastia symptoms, gently feel your breast with your fingertips. Should you suffer from true gynecomastia, you should feel a soft, rubbery lump in one or both breasts.

There are a variety of reasons that contribute to gynecomastia. Ageing, side effects of medication, hormonal imbalance and a dip in testosterone level are common culprits for the condition. While gynecomastia symptoms are common during puberty due to hormonal changes, if they do not go away when one reaches adulthood, surgical intervention would be the answer to counter the condition.

Can VASER Lipo В get rid of fat in the chest (pseudogynecomastia) successfully?

VASER Lipo, a tissue-selective fat reduction procedure, is the treatment choice for those suffering from pseudogynecomastia (excess fat in the chest). Small incisions are made on the area to be treated and infiltrated with anaesthetic fluid during the process. Subsequently, Dr Ivan Puah utilises the VASER probe that transmits ultrasonic sound wave energy to the targeted fat tissues to emulsify the stubborn fat. Once the fat cells are liquefied, they are removed via suction cannulas specially made for this procedure.В

As VASER Lipo is tissue-selective, it only targets fat tissues, preserving the health of nerves, blood vessels and other important connective tissues. Therefore, post-treatment recovery is easy with minimal downtime because only the fat tissues are targeted and removed. Bruising and swelling are minimised with this procedure. As VASER Lipo is a form ofВ liposuctionВ (albeit an improved form of liposuction), it can only be performed by doctors trained and accredited by theВ Ministry of Health (MOH) Singapore.

As a proven clinical treatment for pseudogynecomastia, many men have benefited from its results as VASER Lipo permanently remove fat in the chest and can enable the liposuction doctor to sculpt the chest into a masculine appearance. While this is certainly good news for those afflicted with the condition, bear in mind to practice thorough research when seeking help.

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Have you ever heard of a medical condition called gynecomastia? In fact, gynecomastia occurs when the glandular tissue in male breasts enlarges due to hormonal imbalances. While gynecomastia is harmless and often goes away on its own, its existence can make you feel uncomfortable, fearful, or embarrassed. In some cases, gynecomastia is also a symptom of a more serious health condition, you know! Therefore, there is nothing wrong with studying the various symptoms of gynecomastia, and seeing a doctor for a proper medical diagnosis if you think you are experiencing it. Also, be aware of the various factors that can increase a person’s risk of developing gynecomastia!

Part 1 of 3: Recognizing Symptoms of Gynecomastia

Identify the presence or absence of soft fatty tissue for pseudogynecomastia. Real gynecomastia is very different from breast enlargement due to the accumulation of fat in the chest! If your breasts are enlarged and tender when pressed, but you do not notice pain or lumps behind the nipples or in other areas of the breast, you are likely experiencing pseudogynecomastia. These conditions will generally disappear on their own after you have lost weight.

  • In fact, being overweight can also promote the growth of gynecomastia, especially since fat tissue tends to promote estrogen production in the body.

Part 2 of 3: Getting a Medical Diagnosis

Talk to your doctor about your medical history. In fact, it will be easier for your doctor to make a diagnosis if you have detailed information about your medical history and your current medical condition. Therefore, your doctor may ask for information about:

  • Any other symptoms you are experiencing.
  • History of medical problems in your family.
  • Other medical problems you have had in the past.
  • Medicines, dietary supplements, or body care products that you consume or use.

Get the necessary tests to diagnose gynecomastia and other medical conditions. Most likely, the doctor will perform various physical examinations to identify possible gynecomastia. If your doctor finds any symptoms of gynecomastia in your body, they are likely to carry out further tests to diagnose the cause and eliminate the potential for more serious health problems. Some of the types of physical examinations that may be done are:

  • Mammography.
  • Blood check.
  • CT scan, MRI, or X-ray chest.
  • Ultrasound of the testicles.
  • Biopsy of the breast tissue, if the doctor suspects cancer cells are there.

Discuss possible treatment options with your doctor. In most cases, gynecomastia will go away on its own over time. If this does not happen to you, or if the presence of gynecomastia is very stressful for you, your doctor will likely recommend the following methods of treatment:

  • Hormone therapy to block estrogen production or promote testosterone production in the body.
  • Liposuction, a procedure to remove excess fat from the breast.
  • Mastectomy, an operative procedure that is performed to remove the glandural tissue in the breast.
  • Your doctor may remove gynecomastia by treating the underlying cause first. For example, if your gynecomastia is suspected to be caused by a testicular tumor, your doctor may first remove the tumor to treat gynecomastia and other accompanying symptoms.
  • Your doctor may also ask you to stop taking certain medications or change the dosage of drugs that you suspect are causing gynecomastia.

Part 3 of 3: Identifying the Risks of Gynecomastia

Observe your medical history. Some men have a higher risk of developing gynecomastia. Therefore, consider your current age, your medical history, and your overall health condition. The risk of gynecomastia increases in men who:

  • Are going through puberty or are 50 to 69 years old. Also, understand that newborns can develop gynecomastia, but the condition should go away on its own before the baby turns one year old.
  • Have a condition that affects the body’s ability to produce testosterone, such as a pituitary deficiency or syndrome Klinefelter.
  • Have a liver disorder, such as cirrhosis or liver failure.
  • Have a hyperactive thyroid gland.
  • Experiencing the formation of certain tumors, especially those located in the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, or testes.

Pay attention to the medicines you take. In fact, some doctor’s prescriptions can also trigger gynecomastia, you know! Chances are, your risk will increase if you consume:

  • Medicines to treat an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.
  • Anabolic steroids.
  • Several types of AIDS drugs.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Several types of anti-anxiety drugs, such as diazepam.
  • Several types of antibiotics.
  • Certain heart medications, such as digoxin.
  • Medicines that affect the movement of the stomach, eg metoclopramide.

Identify the presence or absence of plant oil in the body care products used. Some oils of plant origin, such as lavender and tea tree oils, contain natural chemicals that resemble the hormone estrogen in the body. As a result, the use of these oils has the risk of triggering gynecomastia in men. To overcome this, always check the ingredients listed on the packaging of soap, shampoo, lotion, shaving cream, and other similar products to make sure there are no plant oils in them. Have you experienced it? Don’t worry, gynecomastia caused by plant oils will disappear as soon as you stop using products that contain these oils.

Identify the presence or absence of addiction to the use of illegal drugs. Illegal substances such as those contained in alcoholic beverages, marijuana, amphetamines, heroin, or methadone risk of triggering gynecomastia in men. If you are taking any or more of these and are concerned about the risk of gynecomastia or other health problems, contact your doctor immediately and discuss ways to stop using them.

How to detect gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is one of the most common cosmetic concerns that many males face. The condition is often mistaken for chest fat. Both the condition can become a cause of embarrassment and worries as the moobs become visible even with the clothes. Medical attention is advised to get rid of the negative impact caused by such conditions on your quality of life.

On looking at moobs (male boobs), you cannot tell any major difference between chest fat and gynecomastia. However, doing your own research and consulting a doctor can help you in gaining clarity whether you have chest or gynecomastia

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How is gynecomastia different from chest fat?

Here is a comparison table of gynecomastia vs chest fat to clear misconceptions between the two-

    Unusual growth of the male breast along with glandular tissues in the chest area.

The condition can cause chest pain in some individuals.

Glandular and breast tissue exhibit irregular growth and feel like hard glands or lumps under the nipples.

Most commonly seen in adolescents due to hormonal changes. Increased levels of estrogen cause enlarged male boobs. However, young adults can also suffer from the same.

Pseudogynecomastia is painless.

The fatty tissues collect in the area that surrounds the nipples and feels soft and sagging.

Mostly occurs in overweight or obese males due to lack of healthy diet and active lifestyle. This can occur in any age group.

It is highly important to approach a cosmetic surgeon to confirm if you have fatty chest or gynecomastia. Only an accurate diagnosis by a specialist can determine the exact condition and its best-suited treatment.

Also, it is easier to get rid of the fat breast in comparison to the unwanted fat and glandular growth caused in gynecomastia. On the bright side, as mentioned earlier surgical intervention is effective in curing gynecomastia.

Permanent solution for gynecomastia-male breast reduction surgery

How to detect gynecomastia

Cosmetic surgeons perform male breast reduction surgery to remove the stubborn fat, enlarged breast glands and create an enhanced chest contour. Thus, the results of male breast reduction surgery are also aesthetically pleasing when the patient fully recovers. Generally, the male breast reduction surgery offers permanent riddance from gynecomastia.

The technological advances in the healthcare industry have revolutionized liposuction techniques as well. Currently, VASER liposuction is among the most effective and advanced techniques our cosmetic surgeons at Pristyn Care prefer. Here, the term VASER stands for vibration amplification of sound energy.

During the VASER liposuction (lipo) to reduce male breasts, the surgeon carries out a small 2mm incision around the areola (the darker region around the nipples). Through the incision, the doctor inserts the VASER probe that emits ultrasonic sound wave energy to emulsify or liquefy the targeted fat cells. It is easier to remove the liquefied fat cells from the body. The surgeon then uses suction cannulas to remove the emulsified fat cells.

Once the excess fat is removed, the surgeon excises the glandular tissues. The same minor incision is extended to 2cm to insert the surgical tools. The surgeon closes off the incision with sutures or surgical glue after removing the enlarged glands from the male breast. This minimally invasive surgery only takes 40-45 minutes to complete.

Benefits of opting VASER Liposuction for gynecomastia

Cosmetic surgeons also confirm the following benefits of opting VASER lipo for gynecomastia:

  • The VASER probe precisely acts on the targeted fat without damaging the surrounding nerves, blood vessels, and other connective tissues.
  • The downtime after the surgery is short and smooth- recovery within a week.
  • The individual can resume work/college within 2 days following the surgery.
  • There is only minimal bruising and swelling from the surgery.
  • Almost nil chances of post-surgery complications like infection, bleeding, and excessive swelling.
  • Daycare/outpatient procedure- the patient is discharged on the same day
  • The surgical scar fade away after complete recovery
  • Enhanced masculine chest contour without any deformities

So, if you suspect or are already diagnosed with gynecomastia, get in touch for the best-advanced treatment. All of our cosmetic surgeons have acquired expertise in their field with several years of experience. Call us on the number mentioned above or fill the appointment by clicking on ‘Book Appointment’ icon. Our expert surgeons for gynecomastia offer private and detailed consultation where you can ask all your queries or concern related to surgery.

Our entire team works relentlessly to make the entire surgery experience seamless and affordable for the patient. With us, the cost won’t be a major concern for you as we get the insurance claims for surgery approved on behalf of the patient. Hence, you won’t have to spend much from your pocket. There are other cost-saving benefits that you can avail of by choosing us for gynecomastia surgery such as fast claims insurance approval, zero-cost EMI, etc. Call us anytime to know the benefits in detail.

Conclusion

Gynecomastia and the fatty male breast (pseudo-gynecomastia) look deceptively the same. However, both are very different. It is easier to remove chest fat than to get rid of enlarged male breasts caused due to gynecomastia. Nonconservative treatments like diet and exercise that can completely remove chest fat may only bring a slight improvement in gynecomastia. Thus, timely liposuction and gland excision are necessary to say goodbye to the pain and discomforts of gynecomastia.

Gynecomastia is a male-specific medical condition that affects lots of people all over the world. Also known as “men’s boobs”, it is characterized by an unusual prominence of the breast. hormone imbalances seem to be the culprit. This condition doesn’t disappear through exercise or weight lifting, so many sufferers try to find something to help them get rid of this feminine look. These people are embarrassed by their condition, so they may become depressed and anxious. They tend to avoid social situations, so they end up locking themselves inside their houses. Their self-esteem and self confidence are seriously affected. Although gynecomastia isn’t dangerous in itself, its effects are. This is why affected males actively seek for a solution to get rid of their boobs.

How to detect gynecomastia

Nonetheless, it’s worth mentioning that not all men who have big boobs suffer from gynecomastia. It is possible they have what’s known as pseudogynecomastia. As these conditions look very similar to the untrained eye, sufferers have to seek for medical advice in order to get a proper diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment. The two conditions have different treatments, even when it comes to surgical methods of removing the excess breast tissue. This is why the right diagnosis is so important.

As a matter of fact, in pseudogynecomastia, the underlying mass that leads to this appearance is fat accumulation. In gynecomastia, this mass is breast tissue. As you can see, although they appear very similar, the two conditions are radically different in their nature.

If you what to know which of the two is the culprit for your female-like look, you have to consult with a doctor who specializes in treating gynecomastia. Such specialists are able to feel your body and make a difference between fat deposits and enlarged breast tissue. You may also be bale to tell the difference, but this can be very tricky. Years of practice are required in order to determine the nature of the tissue by simply touching it with your fingers. There’s a certain hardness that indicates the presence of gynecomastia, but you can easily make a mistake. Besides, you’re going to need treatment anyway, so why not seek for medical advice right off the bat instead of trying to take a lucky guess?

Anyway, until you get properly diagnosed, you can use special compression shirts (or vests) that hide your medical condition. you’re going to look normal, so you won’t have to feel the embarrassment during all this time. Some pseudogynecomastia cases can be solved without surgery. There are gym workouts that seem to be effective in removing these fat deposits that make males look like women. There are also some pills that seem to be quite effective. However, these pills are mainly food supplements, without too many scientific studies to support them. They may or may not work, so you shouldn’t expect miracles.

How to detect gynecomastia

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How to detect gynecomastia

Last year alone, 26,839 patients opted for male breast reduction surgery in the US. Known as gynecomastia, enlarged breast tissue in men can affect the way a man’s body looks as well as how they feel about themselves.

How To Tell If You Have Gynecomastia

For those considering gynecomastia surgery, it’s important to understand if you’re a good candidate and whether the procedure will help you achieve your body goals.

Do You Have Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can occur at any age and is characterized by over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. Causes include hormonal changes, certain drugs, excessive weight gain, and hereditary conditions.

How Do I know I Have Gynecomastia? What are the Symptoms of it?

Symptoms you may be experiencing:

  • Swollen and enlarged breasts
  • Sagging breasts
  • Stretched areolas
  • Tender chest area
  • Fibrous and moveable tissue below the nipple
  • Asymmetrical breasts

Your surgeon will be able to determine the underlying cause of the gynecomastia and recommend the right procedure. Assessments may include testing your endocrine function, performing detailed measurements (size, shape, nipple placement, and skin quality), and taking photographs for your medical records. The type of gynecomastia you’re experiencing will influence the corrective procedure your surgeon will recommend.

For example, glandular tissue gynecomastia is caused by excess breast tissue under the nipple-areolar complex, so surgery will involve removing the bulging tissue. Alternatives treatments include liposuction for localized fat in the chest and skin-tightening procedures for excess loose skin.

Why Should I Consider Male Boob Reduction Surgery?

As a condition characterized by enlarged breasts in males, more men than ever are considering gynecomastia surgery.
Living with gynecomastia can be difficult for men of any age. You may even find yourself being ridiculed by others, or simply too embarrassed to take your top off. This can cause much emotional discomfort, causing low self-esteem as a result.
Gynecomastia surgery is a corrective procedure that’ll resolve the issue and give you more self-confidence.

Who Should Consider Male Breast Reduction Surgery? Is it Right for you?

If you’re suffering with self-image issues:
This can present itself through a lack of intimate relationships, embarrassment when taking your top off, avoidance of specific physical activities, or even struggling to find clothing that will hide the gynecomastia.
It hasn’t self-corrected
Although men can develop gynecomastia at any age, the issue can be seen in adolescents as they hit puberty, as breast tissue starts to develop and hormonal imbalances occur. However, in many cases, it subsides over time as hormones stabilize.
Alternative treatment is not an option
Depending on the gynecomastia cause, a man may be able to explore other options first such as reducing fat in the chest and breast areas through a healthy diet and exercise. If excess breast tissue is the issue, surgery may be your only option.
Gynecomastia surgery can have a powerful effect on the way a man sees himself and improve his self-confidence for good. A knowledgeable surgeon will establish the cause and take you through your choices.

Are You a Good Candidate for the Surgery?

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss why you want the procedure and what your body goals are. Not everyone is a good candidate for surgery, but there are certain factors that may determine whether you choose to go ahead with the treatment.

Gynecomastia Surgery may be the right choice for candidates:

  • Experiencing emotional discomfort and low self-confidence due to their gynecomastia
  • Hiding their condition due to self-image issues e.g., by avoiding intimacy and certain clothing or physical activities (such as swimming)
  • For whom alternative medical treatments, actions or therapies won’t correct the condition
  • Who feel bothered that their breasts are too large
  • Who have been through puberty and won’t experience further breast development (sometimes gynecomastia can self-correct)
  • Who are healthy and fit enough for both surgery and the healing process afterward
  • Who are in a normal weight range and don’t plan on losing significant amounts of weight
  • With specific body goals and how they want their body to look

While adolescents can benefit from surgery, future procedures may be required if breast development has not stabilized.

Most of all, deciding to undergo gynecomastia surgery should be your own choice, using the guidance of a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to assess your needs and see how they can help

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