How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?

I can't tell if I am overweight or have developed "man boobs." I looked up this condition and read a lot about the possibility of suffering from something know as gynecomastia. How can I tell if I have gyno or if I am just overweight?


M, 36, California

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I was extremely overweight and I wondered if I had gynecomastia. I spoke to a doctor, and he performed some routine tests to see if I had the condition. As it turned out, my enlarged male breasts were in fact due to my excessive weight. After dieting and doing specific exercises to target the chest area, my breasts looked normal again. A doctor is the best person to tell someone if they have the condition. Don't assume that you do or don't have it before speaking to a medical professional. They can offer invaluable advice. If you do in fact have gynecomastia you might have to have plastic surgery.

Before I opted for surgery, I had puffy nipples, the area surrounding the breast tissue was swollen and when I squeezed the nipple it released a discharged. All these are common signs of gynecomastia and the lump can occur in one or both breasts. Having one enlarged breast can also be a symptom of this condition. Some people will barely have symptom, in my case the breast was large in size that’s it was impossible to hide. However, the severity of gynecomastia can be graded on symptoms like puffy nipples, best protrusion or sagging breast skin. For young individuals or men with fatty tissue it’s possible for the fat to also accumulate in the breast tissue; a condition called pseudogynecomastia. During my diagnosis, the procedure was painless and the doctor had to do a scan and tests to ensure that I have gynecomastia.

I suffered gynecomastia from about 18. Best is to check with the doctor. He will do the test. I hated my men boobs, it was embarrassing when i went on holiday or to the lake with friends. They of course made funny comments sometimes. It was little funny from the beginning but not for long. I had schoolmate who was from Prague and had some relative at one of the clinic there. I booked myself at Forme clinic and had the surgery done. It looks great now, finally i look like a men. The scars are very light if you literally do not stare on my boobs you can not see it:-) And when is hot i do not need to wear t shirts, what is great.

I wasn't sure if my enlarged breasts were from gynecomastia or from weight gain. After losing the excess weight and getting my body fat down, my breasts still looked swollen and felt tender. I knew then that it was gynecomastia. My doctor confirmed this in one visit. Since I was in my 40's, I knew that it most likely wouldn't resolve on its own, so I opted for gynecomastia surgery. I can honestly say that this was the best decision I have ever made. I look better and younger six months after the surgery. If you are unsure that you have the condition, the best thing you can do is speak to your doctor.

After being overweight for most of my life, once I hit 40, I felt like enough was enough. I too had what you could call the typical "man boobs." It took a long while, but I did eventually get down to a healthy weight and my skin is a little loose from carrying around all that extra mass for so long, but the "man boobs" have pretty much disappeared. If the tissue under your nipples feels hard and sensitive, it is likely true gynecomastia. However, if it's softer and goes away with weight loss, it's probably just fatty tissue like mine was.

I went in to a plastic surgeon office because I feared that I could have gynecomastia. I had lots of chest fat and excess fat to my stomach so I was not sure if I was overweight or did in fact suffer from gyno. My plastic surgeon gave me a couple treatment options including losing weight and potential surgery. I lost a good amount of belly fat and the doctor told me that I did actually have mild gynecomastia and could benefit from plastic surgery.