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What Does Gynecomastia Feel Like?

February 16, 2024

Gynecomastia, a condition unique to males, manifests as an excess of breast tissue, often stemming from hormonal imbalances. When testosterone levels dip below those of estrogen, the chest can enlarge, impacting individuals of all ages and influencing both their self-confidence and daily routines. Fortunately, through gynecomastia surgery, individuals can restore balance, achieving a more sculpted and masculine chest.

Learn more about the symptoms of the condition and treatments for gynecomastia.

Symptoms of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia symptoms can arise physically through an enlarged chest or general discomfort in the chest. Gynecomastia may be initially noticed by tenderness of the breasts or mild to moderate levels of pain in the breast area. The chest may feel swollen, sore, and painful.

What Does Gynecomastia Feel Like?

Gynecomastia often exhibits a firm or rubbery texture, unlike the softer consistency found in other fatty body areas, such as the thighs or abdomen. Most cases involve the presence of a lump, typically detectable upon gentle pressure around the areola.

What Does Gynecomastia Look Like?

Gynecomastia can occur as a growth underneath the nipple. In this area, you may see or feel the lump when pressing on the breast. The lump may move within the breast tissue and feel tender. Gynecomastia breast lumps and enlargement can occur in one or both of the breasts. 

Treatment Of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia surgery stands as the gold standard for treating this condition effectively. This surgical intervention involves the precise removal of glandular tissue responsible for chest enlargement. In some instances, the procedure is complemented by liposuction to address any excess fatty tissue in the targeted area; this meticulous approach aims to enhance masculine contours, yielding a flatter and more masculine chest appearance.

Gynecomastia Procedure

In mild to moderate gynecomastia, the surgical journey begins with the administration of local anesthesia to ensure patient comfort. Small incisions are then carefully made below the areola area to access and remove excess tissue. In cases where gynecomastia arises from significant weight loss, excess skin may be excised to refine the chest contour further. If needed, liposuction is performed at the same time. In moderate plus to severe cases, the procedure will be performed at an off-site surgery center under general anesthesia. The technique used varies based on the type of gynecomastia. Dr. Joseph Cruise created a Gynecomastia Classification System to identify each type.

Gynecomastia Recovery

Most patients take three to five days off work to recover from their surgery. At this time, it is vital to rest and avoid using the chest muscles while they heal. Patients can experience mild pain and discomfort that is manageable with pain medication. Patients are recommended to wear a compression garment for optimal postoperative support, which aids in minimizing swelling and bruising. After a few weeks, swelling and discomfort should subside, and patients can return to their usual routine.

Schedule a Consultation 

For those considering gynecomastia treatment, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cruise, a distinguished male breast reduction surgeon based in Newport Beach. Serving clientele across Orange County and Los Angeles County, Dr. Cruise specializes in delivering tailored solutions to restore confidence and redefine masculinity.

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Dr. Joseph Cruise is a board-certified plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. Regarded as one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in the world, Dr. Cruise has gynecomastia-specific content that can be found at Dr. Cruise has dedicated his career to cosmetic surgery but has also had extensive training in General Surgery, Hand Surgery, and Microvascular Surgery. Dr. Joseph Cruise is also a member of the Rhinoplasty Society as well as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

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