Components Of Gynecomastia

Components of Gynecomastia

After you understand What Causes Gynecomastia, the next step is to learn about the Components of Gynecomastia. Determining the component/s of a patient's gynecomastia is an important part of the diagnosis process, because it helps the surgeon determine the best treatment plan. An in-person evaluation, by a qualified gynecomastia surgeon, is recommended to accurately determine if the gynecomastia is being caused by excess breast tissue, fat, skin or a combination of these components.

The Four Components of Gynecomastia

There are three primary causes which can be attributed to enlarged male breasts. One or more of these issues can be present.

  • Excess breast tissue
  • Excess fat
  • Saggy skin

During the gynecomastia consultation, your plastic surgeon will evaluate your breasts and inform you of which components are present and what type of surgery is necessary to achieve your desired result. It's important to note, in some cases it may not be possible to entirely determine all of the causes contributing to the enlargement. Your surgeon should discuss this further and explain how this will be addressed during surgery. In most cases, an initial treatment plan is outlined with the understanding it could be modified at the time of surgery based on what the surgeon finds as the root issues causing the gynecomastia. For example, during your consultation, your surgeon may outline that the surgical procedure will entail an incision in the lower areola with glandular excision, but during surgery comes across fatty tissue which needs to removed with liposuction.