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How can I tell if I have gynecomastia or just chest fat because i'm overweight?

How can I tell if I have gynecomastia or just chest fat because i'm overweight?

Lose weight!: Glandular gynecomastia does not "go away" with weight loss; plastic surgical excision is required (not liposuction). Fatty gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction, and ultrasonic lipo is a good option. Either way, losing weight will improve you and your chest! ...Read more

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Dr. Lisa Saponaro
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Overweight (Definition)

Nearly two-thirds of the United States population is overweight. There are many ways to determine if a person is overweight, but experts believe that a person's body mass index (BMI) is the best way to assess an adult's weight in relation to their height. * A BMI between 18.5 and 24.9 is considered normal. * Adults with a BMI between 25 and 29.9 are considered overweight. There are exceptions. For example, an athlete may have a higher BMI but not be overweight. * Adults with a BMI greater than 30 are considered obese. * Adults with a BMI greater than or equal to 40 are considered extremely obese. * Anyone more than 100 pounds overweight is considered morbidly obese. A person with a high BMI may have a normal amount of body fat is they have ...Read more


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I have a big and pointy chest, I am not obese or overweight, i was concerned that I have chest fat or gynecomastia ? I work out on regular bases

I have a big and pointy chest, I am not obese or overweight, i was concerned that I have chest fat or gynecomastia ? I work out on regular bases

Male chest concerns: If your concern is of the breast and not the sternum, you may have gynecomastia. Many males have a period of this in their late teens or late middle age. If this problem has been established for a number of years, a surgical remedy is likely the key. If this is new, see your primary care doctor for a testicular exam and screening. Marijuana, xtc, steroids, supplements and alcohol can cause. ...Read more

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Is the gynecomastia or just chest fat?

Is the gynecomastia or just chest fat?

In general...: Gynecomastia is a small, firm, painful, localized inflammatory mass located under the nipple in men, and may be located on only one side. Fatty breast findings would be a generalized soft fullness diffusely across the chest on both sides of the chest. ...Read more

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I have had gynecomastia for like 6 years now on my left chest, it hurts when pressure is applied, and streched vertically, is this a bad sign?

I have had gynecomastia for like 6 years now on my left chest, it hurts when pressure is applied, and streched vertically, is this a bad sign?

Gynecomastia: It seems that you have unilateral non-resolving gynecomastia. An endocrinologist will need to examine you and perform some investigative work-up. If medical causes are eliminated then s/he will refer you to a plastic surgeon for surgical correction. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between gynecomastia and chest fat?

How can I tell the difference between gynecomastia and chest fat?

Firm/nodular vs flab: The breast tissue tends to be very firm and nodular and gritty when pinched between your fingers whereas fat tends to be softer and more compressible. I often ask patients to place their hands on their hips and contract their chest muscles or to raise their hands high over their heads to visualize the for mass that is responsible for gynecomastia. However gynecomastia is usually a combo of both! ...Read more

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How do I know if I have gynecomastia or just chest fat because I am obese?

Lumpy?: Gynecomastia tends to be a firm, discrete lump, which is centered on the nipple. Fat tends to be soft and distributed more widely, especially in the lower pole of the breast. Obesity often obscures the physical findings for gynecomastia as the chest fills with fat. Lumps in the breast, for men and women, should be checked by a qualified physician to determine the pathology. ...Read more

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Will gynecomastia cause my chest to hurt when playing basketball?

Possibly.: Gynecomastia may be associated with chest wall tenderness; the “excess” glandular tissue may be tender to palpation and cause irritation with activity/contact. ...Read more

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Can under eating cause fat on chest or is there another reason for me being skinny with man boobs (not gynecomastia)?

Can under eating cause fat on chest or is there another reason for me being skinny with man boobs (not gynecomastia)?

Gynecomastia : This is gynecomastia and usually related to hormone changes in someone your age. I highly recommend a check up by your pediatrician and possibly a breast specialist. This will most likely go away by the time puberty is complete. ...Read more

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I had gynecomastia surgery in 2011. I am about to undergo liposuction of the abdominals and flanks. Can this further improve the looks of my chest?

I had gynecomastia surgery in 2011. I am about to undergo liposuction of the abdominals and flanks. Can this further improve the looks of my chest?

Probably not: You may achieve a better overall proportion to your torso but it is unlikely that it will specifically target or improve the appearance of your chest. ...Read more

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I have puffy nipples and what looks like (could be) Gynecomastia. I'm hoping it could just be FAT. Can excess fat in chest cause puffy nipples too?

I have puffy nipples and what looks like (could be) Gynecomastia. I'm hoping it could just be FAT. Can excess fat in chest cause puffy nipples too?

Yes: Yes it can. See a doctor who will be able to do a physical examination to determine what kind of tissue is causing this situation with your nipples. ...Read more

Dr. Tom Pousti
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Male Breast Enlargement (Definition)

Gynecomastia, or enlargement of the male breast gland, can be due to hormone, imabalances, medications, age, or genetics. It is a medically treatable condition - see a board-certified plastic surgeon for the different options. These can include liposuction, direct excision of the glandular tissue, and even excision of ...Read more


Dr. Joseph Mele
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Enlarged Male Breasts (Definition)

It is also called by some as Moobs (Man Boobs). During the puberty time many teenage boys develop breasts. But it goes away within three years in most of them. Also a few develop them due to hormone problems or overweight. The answer for that is ...Read more