Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by the unusual growth of glandular tissue in the male breast. While it sometimes occurs during adolescence and resolves spontaneously over time, certain men may develop gynecomastia later in life due to a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances and the use of specific medications.
The difference between gynecomastia and regular chest fat lies in the cause; gynecomastia is due to excessive glandular tissue in the pectoral area, whereas chest fat is a result of weight gain and responds to diet and exercise. In contrast, gynecomastia often requires surgical intervention for treatment.
If you’re uncertain whether you’re dealing with gynecomastia or simply chest fat, it’s recommended to consult at Qazi Cosmetic Center with our award-winning, board-certified plastic surgeons in Orange County, Newport Beach. In this article, we’ll explore some common ways to distinguish between chest fat and gynecomastia.
Chest Fat Vs. Gynecomastia: Evaluating Symptoms: Are You Experiencing Pain?
One distinguishing symptom of gynecomastia is mild to severe chest pain and tenderness. Your chest may feel swollen, persistently sore, and sensitive to touch. Such discomfort is less likely to occur with chest fat.
However, chest fat can cause pain due to various reasons unrelated to gynecomastia, underscoring the importance of considering multiple factors in the differential diagnosis.
What Does The Fat Feel Like?
Chest fat generally feels similar to fat elsewhere on the body, like the stomach, thighs, or arms. It is typically soft to touch, whereas gynecomastia feels firmer. Individuals with gynecomastia often describe a hard or rubbery sensation, with a noticeable solid lump under the skin, which doesn’t usually occur with chest fat.
What Does Your Chest Look Like?
Chest fat tends to appear saggy or droopy and lacks a defined shape. Conversely, gynecomastia often presents as rounder and more proportioned, similar to female breasts. In cases with smaller amounts of tissue, the nipple-areolar complex may protrude more than the rest of the chest.
How Does Your Body React To Diet And Exercise?
One major indicator of whether you’re dealing with chest fat or gynecomastia is your body’s response to diet and exercise. While everyone’s body carries fat differently, with some areas losing fat quicker than others, you should notice some reduction in your pectoral area with weight loss.
If you observe minimal or no change despite significant weight loss, this could be a strong indication of gynecomastia. Sometimes, weight loss makes the glandular tissue more prominent, as the surrounding fat that previously camouflaged it reduces.
While gynecomastia sometimes resolves spontaneously, it typically necessitates surgical treatment. Procedures can be carried out under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the patient’s requirements.
In many instances, the process involves liposuction along with glandular tissue excision for proper chest contouring. Our board-certified plastic surgeons based in Newport Beach, Orange County, will make a small incision and insert a thin tube (cannula) to suction out fat. The glandular tissue can often be removed through the same incision. Even in minor cases, liposuction alone is rarely effective.
For more severe cases, your surgeon may need to employ “excision techniques,” which involve removing both glandular breast tissue and excess skin via a larger incision. This may be necessary to reposition the nipple or areola during surgery to create a more natural-looking contour.
Contact Qazi Cosmetic Center at 949-336-7293 to determine what could be best for your chest.