If I Have Bad Gynecomastia, Does That Mean I Have A Lot Of Glandular Tissue?

I get this question pretty commonly: If I have large “man boobs” or gynecomastia does that mean I have a lot of glandular tissue?

The simple answer here is NO.

You would think that if you have a bad case of gynecomastia, surely you have a lot of glandular tissue present. This is often not the case. In many patients where I would have expected a lot of gland to be found, I was actually able to correct the problem with liposuction and then a small incision around the areola to remove a small amount of gland and fibrous tissue that cannot be removed with liposuction.

Some of my patients are disappointed when I do not find much glandular tissue. They have seen my extensive video collection and gynecomastia before and after pictures, and are most impressed when there is the drama of a large gland being removed.

It’s also important to If I Have Bad Gynecomastia, Does that Mean I Have a lot of Glandular Tissue?understand that just because your gynecomastia is mostly fibro-fatty in nature does not mean that you could have had any more control in making it better with diet and exercise or gynecomastia pills.

Gynecomastia cost is not related to the amount of gland either. The complexity of each case is determined on an individual basis, and is best evaluated by an experienced surgeon. From my years of extensive practice, I can tell you which cases will be more challenging and which ones require much more expertise.

Also, gynecomastia surgery covered by insurance has nothing to do with the presence or amount of glandular breast tissue. Gynecomastia surgery is generally not covered by health insurance, as the condition is not deemed to cause any functional problems.

If you are reading this blog, you probably know that this ignores the real psychological burden that most gynecomastia patients suffer. Insurance carriers simply don’t care about this, and frankly, our society doesn’t really understand these invisible, negative consequences.

Gynecomastia is much more than a cosmetic problem. It’s real, and it can have devastating and long lasting consequences on the development of otherwise healthy and well-adjusted men.

The Austin Gynecomastia Center is dedicated to the most effective treatment of gynecomastia so that the appearance of the chest is normal and masculine. We make every effort to help gynecomastia patients to recover mentally from this condition as well.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t make a difference what the tissue is, as long as the treatment gets rid of it. Only when this occurs will you be able to put it all in the past and move on with your life as the new man you aspire to be.

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Robert Caridi, MD
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Founder of the Austin Gynecomastia Center