Pseudogynecomastia-vs-Gynecomastia-Know-The-Difference-Between-The-Two

dThe condition of enlargement of the male breasts is known as gynecomastia. The term “gynecomastia” is commonly used to describe feminine-like breasts. However, sometimes the man boobs can enlarge due to some other reason. This is known as pseudogynecomastia which may look similar to women-like breasts.

What is Gynecomastia?

People with gynecomastia develop excess glandular male breast tissue along with excess fat tissue. In addition to this, there can be the development of mass beneath the breasts. The new tissue formed is firmer and more fibrous than the surrounding tissue. This condition develops when there is a change in hormonal levels (increase in estrogen level or curb in testosterone production). To add, people who use street drugs or smoke marijuana are more susceptible to develop gynecomastia.  

Read more: Know the stages of Gynecomastia

What is Pseudogynecomastia?

In pseudogynecomastia, there is an excess adipose (fat) tissue around, behind, and under the nipples. Also known as false gynecomastia, there is an enlargement of the male boobs not due to hormonal balance, rather due to fat deposition. Hence, obese people are more likely to develop pseudogynecomastia. 

Due to the fat deposition around the chest, pseudogynecomastia is easily treatable in nature. With proper fitness regimes along with diet plans, the fat can be reduced thereby, this condition. In cases there is lots of fat accumulation, the person can undergo liposuction. 

Gynecomastia vs Pseudogynecomastia- How To Tell The Difference Between The Two?

The main difference between gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia lies in the cause behind the enlargement of the chest. In gynecomastia, there is a growth of actual breast tissue. While in pseudogynecomastia, there is an enlargement of breasts due to excess deposition of fat tissue. 

The surgeon makes out the difference between the two conditions by feeling the nipple and areola area with the fingers. If there is a presence of a firm mass of tissue under the areola and feels different from the fatty tissue around it, it is gynecomastia. In case there is no mass beneath the nipple nor the breast feels uniform, it is pseudogynecomastia. 

As the reason for developing man boobs are different in both the conditions, the treatment options also vary. For treating pseudogynecomastia, simply changing the lifestyle with change in diet and exercise to shed fat is sufficient. However, true gynecomastia requires surgical interventions. Hence, the former is easier to treat than the latter.  

FactorsGynecomastia Pseudogynecomastia
Definition Growth of actual breast tissue due to a change in hormonal balance. Enlargement of breasts due to excess deposition of fat tissue
How To Tell The Difference Presence of a firm mass of tissue under the areola and feels different from the fatty tissue around itNo mass beneath the nipple nor the breast feels uniform
Causes Occurs due to change in hormones- androgen and estrogen- in the bodyDevelops due to excess fat deposits in and around the breasts 
Treatment option Surgical interventions such as liposuction and gland excision Changing the lifestyle with a change in diet and exercise

 

How To Treat Gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia?

To treat pseudogynecomastia

People suffering from this condition can wear compression vests to improve the appearance of man boobs. In addition to this, certain weight lifting techniques and pectoral exercises can even tone the chest for better body contour by burning the fat.

A combination of dietary changes as well as exercising regularly can help to lose weight and carve out the chest muscles. In some cases, there has been so much of fat deposition that they must consider liposuction. Once the fat is drained, the skin loosens that needs to be tightened. Additionally, the doctor also proportions the areola  to enhance chest appearance. 

To treat gynecomastia 

True gynecomastia can be treated with breast-reduction surgery. With the help of surgical excision techniques, the surgeons remove the excess glandular tissue. Sometimes, patients with gynecomastia undergo both liposuctions along with gland excision. In the former procedure, excess fat is drained through a cannula. While in the latter, the surgeon removes glandular tissue and excess skin to flatten the enlargement. 

Read more: How to treat gynecomastia without surgery?

In the majority of cases of people with man boobs, there is a combination of both fat buildup as well as excess glandular tissue in the breasts. In such instances, people have to undergo both the procedures- liposuction and gland excision surgery. At Pristyn Care clinics, our surgeons perform both these procedures.

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