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What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the medical term for the occurrence of enlarged breast tissue in men. Caused by a hormonal imbalance, gynecomastia can cause emotional and social anxiety, leading many men to seek treatment. While distressing, gynecomastia is actually relatively common, with about 60% of men worldwide exhibiting gynecomastia to some degree.

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Do I Have Gynecomastia?

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Adolescent or adult men who are typically diagnosed with man moobs may experience

  • Swollen, enlarged male breasts
  • Chest tenderness
  • Moveable, fibrous tissue beneath the nipple in one or both breasts
  • Tissue that feels hard, distinct from softer fatty tissue.
  • Changes in mood and sex drive

Not all "moobs" (man boobs) are classified as Gynecomastia – they can also be Pseudogynecomastia, a condition that is characterized by excess fat in the chest. A gynecomastia specialist can help you properly diagnose your condition.

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Sculpt Your Chest Simulator

Most males affected by the enlargement of male breast tissue desire a more masculine, contoured appearance in the chest region, but it's difficult to imagine post-surgical results just by looking in the mirror. Fortunately, there's an easier way to predict what you'll look like after gynecomastia surgery. Our user-friendly virtual tool simulates results that correlate to your aesthetic goals.

Step 1: Get camera ready and give it your best shot.

Your pictures don't have to be perfect, but should have adequate lighting and good posture to feature the parts of your body you'd like to correct. Take a few photos of yourself in profile view and upload them to our program.

Step 2: Make yourself look good.

Our user-friendly software allows for easy editing. Use the tool to smooth out any flaws and refine your chest until you're satisfied with the results. There's always the option to undo or redo your last change, so don't worry if you mess up. Then, you can save your photo and share the chosen "after" image with is.

Step 3: Contact a Gynecomastia Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Schedule a male breast reduction consultation. During your consultation, your physician will discuss the best ways to give you a more masculine appearance and maximize the contours of your chest.

What Are The Symptoms of Gynecomastia?

Understanding the symptoms of gynecomastia can help you gain a better understanding of how to cope with the condition, and get rid of man boobs.

  • Itchiness of the nipple and underarm area
  • Breast may feel tender to the touch
  • Painful, or one-sided swelling
  • Bloody discharge from the nipple
  • Feeling feverish or unwell for an unknown reason

If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have gynecomastia. If you're only experiencing swelling and fatty breast tissue, this is referred to as pseudogynecomastia. By visiting Dr. Delgado you can receive proper diagnosis and treatment for gynecomastia or pseudogynecomastia.

The Anatomy of the Male Breast

A normal male breast contains some glandular, or breast, tissue.

The breasts of men and women are both composed of breast tissue, fatty tissue, and connective tissue. Women have a larger amount of glandular (breast) tissue than men, with the amount of tissue present fluctuating throughout the woman’s life.

Men with gynecomastia have more breast tissue present, due to changes in hormone levels. Because glandular tissue is located at the front of the breast, an increase in glandular tissue causes a noticeable protrusion on the male breast. This causes the breasts to take on a more feminine appearance.

  • Normal Male BreastSmall amount of gland tissueSmall amount of gland tissue.
  • GynecomastiaBreast contains excess gland tissueBreast contains excess gland tissue.
  • PseudogynecomastiaSmall amount of gland tissueSmall amount of gland tissue.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

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It typically occurs due to a hormonal imbalance.

Men produce both testosterone and estrogen – the male and female sex hormones, respectively – but in different quantities. When a man's testosterone level decreases and estrogen level increases, breast tissue can develop. This hormonal upset can be triggered by different factors.

There are a number of highly referenced medical conditions and drugs connected to man boobs, such as specific congenital disorders and anabolic steroid abuse. Age and massive weight loss can also be related to abnormal male breast development.

Did You Know?

QUICK FACTS

About Gynecomastia and Testosterone

QUICK FACTS
  • Adults can develop man boobs, often in ages 50-80.
  • After the age of 30, testosterone levels decrease by 1% every year
  • Up to 70% of adolescents can suffer from temporary or permanent swelling of breast tissue
  • An estimated 10–25% of cases result from the use of medications

How Bad Is My Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia can be classified, based on physical features

When gynecomastia surgeons examine patients, they look at different physical features to determine the severity of the man boobs. Some features include: breast size, breast ptosis (droopiness), excess, skin, puffiness in the nipples, skin elasticity, amount of tissue, and chest shape.

The American Society of Plastic Surgery developed a classification system allowing specialists to evaluate your condition and how to best treat it.*

  • Minor breast enlargement, no excess skin

    Grade 1Minor breast enlargement, no excess skin

  • Moderate breast enlargement, no excess skin

    Grade 2AModerate breast enlargement, no excess skin

  • Moderate breast enlargement, some excess skin

    Grade 2BModerate breast enlargement, some excess skin

  • Significant breast enlargement, excess skin

    Grade 3Significant breast enlargement, excess skin

How Can I Get Rid of Gynecomastia?

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There are many resources available online that can help you explore your treatment options. You may find that diet and exercise when done properly – are effective ways to reduce fatty tissue. While websites are a good place to start, they are not a replacement for a consultation with a doctor who is experienced at treating men with gynecomastia.

However, if your chest contains harder breast tissue, it would need to be removed surgically in order to achieve a lean, masculine look. Read patient stories to know what to expect and find out how much surgery can cost.

In which cases can non-invasive procedures help improve the shape of the male chest?

What effect does it have?GynecomastiaPseudogynecomastia
ExerciseMinor. May help with excess fat, but will not affect glandular tissueMinor to significant. Diet and exercise may help reduce the amount of fatty tissue.
Non-Invasive Fat ReductionMinor. May help reduce excess fat, no impact on glandular tissueMinor to significant. It will depend on individual anatomy and responsiveness.
LiposuctionMinor to moderate. Excellent for fat removal, but will not affect the glandular tissueSignificant. Liposuction can remove excess pockets of fat
Gynecomastia surgery (tissue excision)Significant. Can help reshape the breastUnnecessary.

The most effective way to treat gynecomastia is with surgery

  • Desinfection
  • Anesthesia
  • Liposuction
  • Cut Milk Gland
  • Drainage
  • Suturing

* There are different types of sedation used in Male Breast Reduction surgery, including local and general anesthesia. Your plastic surgeon will detail his preferences prior to surgery.

  • Incisions: During the procedure, incisions are made, typically around the edge of the areola.
  • Liposuction: Fat is removed via suction.
  • Tissue Excision: Excess glandular tissue is removed.
  • Suturing: After the tissue excision, the incisions are closed.
  • Bandage and Dressing: The breasts are dressed with bandages.

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