How do you know if you have Gynecomastia?

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How do you know if you have Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition where males develop breast tissue that’s larger than normal, making their chest look like a female’s. This usually occurs in older men due to hormonal changes and medication. In some conditions, there are chances of pseudo-gynecomastia.

If you are confused about whether or not you have Gynecomastia, read this blog till the end to understand what it is, its causes, and some methods to know if you have it or not.

Methods to know if you have Gynecomastia

Some men may develop pseudo gynecomastia, where there is an increase in fatty tissue in the breast area rather than glandular tissue growth. The condition is often associated with general obesity or weight increase. The extra fat in the chest gives the impression of larger breasts but lacks the underlying glandular development. To get the tailored treatment, it is essential to distinguish between them. Identifying the signs is the first step towards addressing the condition and reclaiming your confidence. Recognizing gynecomastia involves more than just noticing extra tissue around the chest. It is about understanding these changes and how they differentiate from normal fat accumulation due to weight gain. Here are a few tricks that you can follow to know if you have gynecomastia.

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    1. Recognizing the Symptoms of Gynecomastia

    • Grap your stomach skin with your left hand and your chest skin with your right hand. If you have gynecomastia, you should feel a hard, rubbery lump.
    • Gynecomastia may cause soreness when touching or pressing your breast. If your breasts are causing you a lot of pain, you might be having gynecomastia.
    • Check for soft fatty tissue to find out if you have pseudo gynecomastia.


    2. Assessing your risk of Gynecomastia

    • Some people are at a higher risk of developing this disease than others because of factors like age, medical history, and overall health issues.
    • Certain prescription drugs can also cause gynecomastia, like anabolic steroids, AIDS medications, and heart medicines like digoxin.
    • Some plant oils like lavender and tea tree contain natural chemicals mimicking the estrogen hormone that may cause gynecomastia to develop in some men.


    3. Getting a Diagnosis from your Doctor

    • If you think you have Gynecomastia, you should see a plastic surgeon in India.
    • Do not forget to discuss your health history with your doctor, as it will be easier for them to diagnose your condition if they have thorough information about your overall health and medical history.
    • Your doctor will do a physical exam to diagnose your problem and advise you on further procedures.

    Living with gynecomastia might be difficult, but know that you’re not alone. One good news is that in many cases, gynecomastia clears up without needing treatment in teens and young adults. But, if it is not going away on its own and other therapies like hormonal, medications, etc., are not working, ask your surgeon about the possibility of having a gynecomastia surgery.

    Dr. Rajat Gupta

    MBBS, MS, DNB(Gen. Surg.),
    DNB (Plastic Surgery)

    Dr. Rajat Gupta is a board certified plastic surgeon in India with 13 years of experience to back his expertise in the domain of aesthetic surgeries.

    Having completed his training from Maulana Azad Medical College and equipped with a thorough understanding of aesthetic needs of people, Dr. Gupta strives to offer the best remedies and cosmetic procedures outfitted with the latest technology to the aspirants in India and across the globe. To book an appointment, call: +91-9251711711 or email:

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