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What’s the difference between lipomastia and gynecomastia? Are the treatments different?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Type of Tissue

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). Lipomastia refers to adipose tissue causing the breast enlargement. Differentiation of these conditions important because treatment may differ.

In brief: Type of Tissue

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). Lipomastia refers to adipose tissue causing the breast enlargement. Differentiation of these conditions important because treatment may differ.
Dr. Tom Pousti
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Fat

Lipomastia is a breast enlarged by fat.
True gyecomastia is breast tissue enlargement.

In brief: Fat

Lipomastia is a breast enlarged by fat.
True gyecomastia is breast tissue enlargement.
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
Dr. Richard Zienowicz
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Dr. Larry Nichter
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Gynecomastia Defined

Enlargement of breast tissue in a male is called gynecomastia.
If if is made up of mostly fat (say in an older of obest person it can be referred to as lipomastia.Typically liposuction is used to correct gynecomastia. 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.

In brief: Gynecomastia Defined

Enlargement of breast tissue in a male is called gynecomastia.
If if is made up of mostly fat (say in an older of obest person it can be referred to as lipomastia.Typically liposuction is used to correct gynecomastia. 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. Larry Nichter
Dr. Larry Nichter
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Dr. Constanza Iriarte
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Lipomastia is fattty

Gynecomastia is breast tissue, hormone dependent.

In brief: Lipomastia is fattty

Gynecomastia is breast tissue, hormone dependent.
Dr. Constanza Iriarte
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Dr. Andre Berger
Cosmetic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Different Causes

Lipomastia, a.K.A “manboobs, ” is an excess of fat in a man’s chest, related to weight and fat deposits, and can be reduced with diet and exercise.
Gynecomastia is actual breast tissue in the male chest usually related to genetics or a hormonal imbalance, and may require tissue removal to prevent breast tissue from growing back. In either case, liposuction can reduce the size and appearance.

In brief: Different Causes

Lipomastia, a.K.A “manboobs, ” is an excess of fat in a man’s chest, related to weight and fat deposits, and can be reduced with diet and exercise.
Gynecomastia is actual breast tissue in the male chest usually related to genetics or a hormonal imbalance, and may require tissue removal to prevent breast tissue from growing back. In either case, liposuction can reduce the size and appearance.
Dr. Andre Berger
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Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Essentially

Fatty breast enlargement versus gynecomastia glandular enlargement.
First more amenable to liposuction alone if not too much skin excess.

In brief: Essentially

Fatty breast enlargement versus gynecomastia glandular enlargement.
First more amenable to liposuction alone if not too much skin excess.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen
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