On the surface, both conditions seem alike in terms of appearance. Gynecomastia, however, is caused by the overdevelopment of glandular tissues with or without excess fat.
Pseudogynecomastia, on the other hand, is the result of only excess fat accumulated around the chest area.
There are simple self-check methods that one can carry out. For example, if you feel the presence of a firm mound of glandular tissue around the areola area, which is painful to the touch, then chances are you have gynecomastia. In the case of pseudogynecomastia, the entire chest area is evenly enlarged.
Not all doctors can diagnose if a patient may or may not have gynecomastia. It is important to look for a doctor with experience in handling gynecomastia cases to carry out a clinical assessment to diagnose the condition properly.
As gynecomastia surgery involves liposuction and breast tissue removal, doctors offering this service, including plastic surgeons alike, must meet the stringent criteria set by the board and be accredited by the Ministry Of Health Singapore. Dr Ivan Puah is one of the doctors to receive liposuction accreditation. Do make an appointment with a qualified doctor as soon as possible.