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The Early Signs of Gynecomastia

December 28, 2023

Many teenagers and men struggle with gynecomastia, but that doesn’t necessarily stop embarrassment or a decrease in confidence. Luckily, with the help of board-certified gynecomastia expert Dr. Joseph Cruise, you can get back your confidence and achieve the toned, masculine chest you desire

You may be wondering how you know if you have gynecomastia. 

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a relatively common condition where the glandular breast tissue in both boys and men enlarges to the point of causing puffy nipples or fullness that is unwanted. It is often caused by an imbalance in hormone levels, but other factors can play a role as well. The condition can affect one breast or both, and it can be uneven from side to side.

Gynecomastia can occur at any time, but it most often happens during puberty, if steroids are taken, or in older adult men.

Most often, gynecomastia isn’t a serious medical problem, but it can be tough to cope with emotionally. 

In some instances, gynecomastia will resolve on its own, but when it doesn’t surgical intervention is typically required to get rid of it. 

Early Signs of Gynecomastia

The early signs of gynecomastia typically include a lump or excess tissue beneath the nipple in one or both breasts. The breasts may also become sore. The growth may feel rubbery or firm and tender to the touch.

Even without tenderness or pain, enlargement of your breasts alone may be the only gynecomastia symptom you have.

Gynecomastia Treatment 

The type of treatment necessary to address gynecomastia can depend on the cause of the condition, but male breast reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery is typically the most effective form of long-term treatment.

Dr. Joseph Cruise classifies gynecomastia into different categories, including puffy nipples, rounded chest, slight breast roll, moderate breast roll, significant breast roll, and breast roll and back roll. The techniques used during surgery will depend on the type you have. 

Gynecomastia consisting of primary fatty tissue may require tumescent liposuction. A special fluid is placed in the treatment area, and a cannula (thin tube) is inserted through an incision and moved around to loosen the fat. The fat is then suctioned out using a vacuum technique. 

When there is both fatty tissue and excess breast tissue, liposuction and surgical excision are necessary. The excision technique allows for manual removal of excess tissue and oftentimes fatty tissue as well to give you the sculpted, flat chest you’re looking for. In some cases, both excision and liposuction are needed. 

If your gynecomastia has a component of skin sag, Dr. Cruise will tighten the skin during surgery. This is typically an issue seen with older men but may also be seen in those who have experienced significant weight loss.

Schedule A Consultation 

Are you struggling with gynecomastia and finding it difficult to be confident?

 Male breast reduction with Dr. Cruise could be the perfect solution for you. As an expert in gynecomastia, he will provide you with an honest straightforward assessment along with a comprehensive surgical plan. This information will enable you to make an informed decision.

To get started on your journey to obtain the toned, sculpted body you want, call Dr. Cruise’s Newport Beach, CA office today at 949-644-4808 or use the online contact form. Cruise Plastic Surgery helps patients from across the globe. Wherever you are, Dr. Cruise and his team are available to assist you. 

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