What is the difference between Gynecomastia and Breast Reduction for a man?
Breast Reduction for Man Vs. Gynecomastia?
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Gynecomastia Vs Breast Reduction
Gynecomastia is the condition of having excess male breast tissue while male breast reduction encompasses any procedure that is used to reduce the appearance of gynecomastia. Technically, male breast reduction surgery is referred to as gynecomastia correction.
Breast Reduction for Man Vs. Gynecomastia
The condition of having excess male breast tissue is called gynecomastia. The procedure for gynecomastia correction is breast reduction for a man.
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Gynecomastia Versus Breast Reduction for of Man?
Thank you for the question.
I have noticed that in this forum, these terms have been used interchangeably, although they probably should not be. “Gynecomastia” is a diagnostic term, while “breast reduction for man” is a procedural term.
Gynecomastia comes from the Greek meaning "gyne" meaning woman and "mastos" meaning breasts. It refers to abnormal development of large mammary glands in males. The diagnosis can be made by physical examination where relatively firm tissue (breast gland tissue) can be differentiated from relatively soft tissue (adipose tissue).
Breast reduction surgery for men refers to a variety of surgical procedures that serve to reduce the size of a man's breast. Exactly what procedure is utilized will depend on exactly what the specific patient situation and goals are.
For example, gynecomastia is often best treated with partial excision of the prominent glandular tissue as well as liposuction surgery of the peripheral chest area. If the prominence of the chest wall is caused by adipose tissue, then liposculpture surgery alone may suffice. On the other hand, if a significant amount of redundant/loose skin is also present them additional skin excision may also be necessary as part of the breast reduction procedure.
I hope this helps.
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