How to Identify Gynecomastia or Chest Fat?

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2023-06-15 05:30 AM | By Tamira Scientific Committee
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Gynecomastia (commonly referred to as “man boobs”) is a condition in which male breasts get enlarged more than their usual size. In this condition, male breasts look more similar to female breasts. The primary cause for this breast enlargement in males is hormonal imbalance. Usually, females will have low testosterone and high estrogen levels, thus developing breasts. On the contrary, males will have high testosterone and low estrogen levels, thus having no considerable breast formation. When a male body experiences changes in this hormonal balance, they start developing breast tissues which lead to enlarged breast in men.       

Another major cause of the development of male breasts is fat deposits. For some obese or overweight men, fat gets accumulated in their chest region like in other parts (belly, thighs, face) of the body. This scenario is medically termed Psedugynacomastia. 

Gynecomastia need not necessarily prevail even across both breasts. There are chances for non-symmetric Gynecomastia in which either of the two breasts gets enlarged and the other remains normal. 


Causes of Enlarged Breasts in Males

  1. Puberty: Natural onset and offset of hormonal imbalance in men during the time of puberty.
  2. Obesity: Overweight and fat accumulation in men over a long period.  
  3. Genetic disorder: Men inherit the genes responsible for breast formation by birth.   
  4. Medication side effects: Due to intake of medications for other chronic conditions. 
  5. Recreational drugs: Continued and unwanted consumption of steroids or marijuana like unprescribed drugs.


Gynecomastia Q&A in Tamil


How to Identify Gynecomastia or Chest Fat By Yourself? 

(i) Primary Symptoms of Gynecomastia

As an uncommon sign, if you visibly see some changes in and around your nipple region, then it may be due to Gyno.

  • Nipple Sensitivity

You may feel your nipples are either pointing out/ erect or sometimes rubbing against your clothes more than usual. 

  • Lumps under your nipples

You may see some bulged or lumped portions of cells under or around your nipple region. If the lumps are firmer, rounder, and look more like female breasts, it is a sign of Man boobs. If the lumps are saggy or soft, it may be a sign of Pseudogynecomastia. 


(ii) Secondary Symptoms

The secondary symptoms are related to the touch or feel of your breasts.

  • Breast Tenderness or Pain

Breasts that are swollen and causing pain due to muscle strain will get healed automatically. But breasts swollen due to Gynecomastia will not get restored unless we treat it. On the other hand, breasts formed due to fat deposition will not lead to pain. You can find the difference between gynecomastia and chest fat by working out or exercising. If you see any difference in swell reduction, then it is the case of Pseudogynecomastia. If you don’t see any difference, then it must be Gynecomastia. 

  • Fluid discharge 

Some individuals will experience a fluid-like discharge from their nipples. It can occur either in one or both breasts depending upon the underlying medical/ hormonal changes.

These secondary symptoms are serious signs of you having Grade 3 or 4 Gynecomastia. So, you’ve to immediately see your Doctor without delay as these may be the emergency signs of Gynecomastia or sometimes any other serious issue.

We hope this article answered your question about how to identify Gynecomastia or chest fat. To know more about male breast reduction surgery and its advantages, watch this!


When to consult a Doctor?

Irrespective of whether you’re able to identify a symptom of Gynecomastia by yourself or not, you can always clarify your doubts with a concerned Doctor. They will help you with physical and medical examination of your breasts to diagnose it. 


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