How To Tell if You Have Gynecomastia

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver & Lone Tree, Colorado

Posted: October 18, 2021

Gynecomastia is a distressing physical condition that impacts a significant number of men. However, many of the men who suffer from it mistakenly believe they are simply overweight. In fact, gynecomastia is the result of too much glandular tissue in the pectoral region of the chest.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your chest, it can be difficult to figure out if you have true gynecomastia or if you are struggling with fatty deposits (known as pseudogynecomastia). Our board-certified plastic surgeons are here to help. We will go over your medical history and perform a comprehensive physical exam to get to the bottom of your enlarged male breasts.

Gynecomastia Symptoms 

Symptoms of gynecomastia infographicMen with gynecomastia most commonly complain about a swollen breast appearance. Instead of having a relatively flat-looking chest, your chest may seem to be more rounded or pointy. 

Often, the excess tissue associated with gynecomastia can pull down on your male breasts. That can cause issues such as visible sagging, excess skin, and low nipple position.

Gynecomastia can also change the way that your nipples look. Your nipples may be puffy, and your areolas (the area surrounding the nipple) may stretch out and get bigger than they were. 

Sometimes men also experience breast pain or tenderness. These sensations may be felt beneath the nipple, particularly if a lump or deposit of fatty tissue has developed there. The lump may get larger, affect one or both breasts, and may grow unevenly on opposite breasts.

View photos of this condition in our gynecomastia surgery before and after gallery.

How is Gynecomastia Diagnosed?

Some of the symptoms of gynecomastia can also indicate other underlying conditions. A physical examination and evaluation of your medical records can help you tell the difference. In some cases, additional tests are needed to ensure that your breast swelling is gynecomastia.

Schedule a Complimentary Cosmetic Consultation in Lone Tree

Our board-certified plastic surgeons have helped many men identify their gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia. We also offer surgical and nonsurgical services to flatten your chest. 

Schedule a complimentary cosmetic consultation at 303-706-1100 to get started. Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery serves patients from Denver, Lone Tree, and nearby areas in Colorado.

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