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FAQ: Are Man Boobs A Medical Condition? Can I use Ice to Ease the Swelling & Pain?

April 23, 2018
April 8, 2024

Enlarged Male Breast during puberty is not uncommon, but if the problem persists into adulthood, surgical intervention is the recommended option. Find out more.

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Pseudogynecomastia, also known as "fake gynecomastia," stems from an accumulation of fat in the chest area and is frequently observed in overweight males. The chest size typically maintains proportionality with the rest of the body and varies with fluctuations in weight.  

Men with pseudogynecomastia may exhibit a resemblance to true or mixed gynecomastia. It is not the same, although many men are often confused. Pseudogynecomasia does carry the same societal implications as gynecomastia and should not be disregarded.  

Gynecomastia, commonly known as "manboobs" or "moobs", is a common male breast disorder in men. It manifests when male breasts are enlarged, resulting from the buildup of glandular tissue or a combination of glandular and fatty breast tissues. 

Treatment options for gynecomastia and pseudogynecomastia are different.  

What causes gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia often arises from benign fluctuations in hormone levels, which can occur during puberty, later in life or as a consequence of some illnesses. Hormonal imbalance, particularly an increase in the female hormone, oestrogen, can lead to the development of gynecomastia, known as physiological gynecomastia. This is most commonly seen during adolescence, between the ages 10 and 16. 

Gynecomastia may also be attributed to pathological or medical factors. Conditions such as Klinefelter syndrome, pituitary issues and tumours, hyperthyroidism, kidney or liver failure, malnutrition and male menopause can also contribute to male breast enlargement. 

Also, certain medications such as antidepressants or antibiotics and abuse of illicit drugs such as anabolic steroids, marijuana or heroin can contribute to the development of gynecomastia. 

What are some of the symptoms to look out for in gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia symptoms vary and are classified into four grades. Common symptoms include:

  • Enlarged male breast tissue, which feels firm or rubbery
  • Tenderness or intermittent pain and sensitivity when touched. 
  • Pubescent boys may experience a breast bud under the nipple, which often resolves within two years. 

Will exercise help minimise the size of my chest?

While diet and exercise can help to reduce body fat, it is essential to know that these methods are insufficient for treating gynecomastia. This is because gynecomastia is a distinct medical condition characterised by the enlargement of male breast tissues and is not solely a consequence of being out of shape. Therefore, it cannot be resolved or minimised through typical fitness regimens.

Can cold compress take the discomfort away?

If you are experiencing soreness and pain, using a cold compress to relieve these symptoms is only a temporary measure. It may alleviate some discomfort, but it will NOT your chest look smaller or reduce the size of enlarged male breasts. . 

What can be done to help my oversized chest area?

Gynecomastia surgery is the permanent solution you need. Each gynecomastia case is unique. The surgical approach developed by Dr Ivan Puah considers the grade of the gynecomastia, glandular tissue-to-fat ratio and parenchyma distribution of the patient. He will propose an individualised approach for the patient after carefully assessing the patient's clinical condition and understanding the patient's concerns.

Dr Ivan Puah's aim is to remove fibrous and painful glandular tissues and/or fat tissues to restore a natural-looking masculine body shape with the smallest possible incision for his patients.

The recovery time tends to be minimal, but this may depend on how fast your body can recuperate after surgery. Additionally, gynecomastia surgery can sculpt the chest area and leave a more defined and "masculine" appearance.

Where can I get gynecomastia surgery?

If you've experienced the symptoms above, call Amaris B. Clinic for a consultation at 65364211 to discuss your options and learn more about gynecomastia surgery. You can also Whatsapp us at 91524140 to book your appointment in advance.


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