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Is gynecomastia an enlarged male breast?

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Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Surgery 40 years experience
I believe: That gynecomastia is a transient, hard, localized, painful mass that occurs under the nipple in males. It is a benign condition. Teenagers can get localized pubertal gynecomastia. Just having generalized enlargement of the entire breast in males is related to obesity & is a cosmetic condition which is not gynecomastia.
Dr. George Pope
41 years experience
Yes: Gynecomastia is the development of a breast appearance in a man. It usually involves both chest wall fat and breast tissue, and surgery is required to correct it. Visit gynecomastia.Org - a great forum. Visit my patient photo gallery at http://georgepopemd.Com/galleries/gynecomastia/.
Dr. Larry Nichter
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Gynecomastia Def/Rx: Gynecomastia means an enlarged male breast. Typically liposuction is used to correct it. If there is also a lot of loose skin often this is also removed. Occasionally if their is firm redundant breast tissue it is surgically removed. See a board certified plastic surgeon.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Gynecomastia: Gynecomastia comes from the greek meaning "gyne" meaning woman and  "mastos"  meaning breasts.  it refers to abnormal development of large mammary glands in males. Although there may be many “causes”, most cases are idiopathic (no specific cause). The use of certain medications, drugs, organ dysfunction (kidney or liver), hormonal imbalances etc. May also be causative.

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