It is unfortunate that a lot of people do not know that there is a difference between Pseudogynecomastia and gynecomastia.
But this misconception is not out of place considering that both conditions lead to an embarrassing male condition commonly referred to as “man boobs.”
Considering this, it is essential that you understand the difference between the two for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Gynecomastia is a male condition characterized by swollen breast tissues and is brought about by hormonal imbalances, more specifically estrogen and testosterone.
The condition occurs when the body produces abnormally low levels of testosterone and unusually high levels of estrogen. Testosterone plays a vital role in the physical development and growth of a man’s bodily structures.
As such, when a man’s testosterone levels are low, and estrogen levels are high, they start developing feminine traits like man boobs.
Pseudogynecomastia, on the other hand, is also a condition where a man’s breasts enlarge. However, the condition is not brought about by an imbalance in hormones.
Instead, it is caused by excessive deposits of adipose tissue (body fat) in and around the boobs; explaining why most obese men suffer from the condition. Fat gets deposited in the person’s chest area leading to more prominent breasts.
What is the Difference?
While the result is generally the same – having bigger boobs – the main difference between the two is the cause.
As we’ve already seen, Gynecomastia is brought about by an imbalance in hormones (lower testosterone levels and higher estrogen levels) while Pseudogynecomastia is brought about by fat deposits around the breasts.
This, therefore, means that the primary cause for the former lies in breast tissues while the primary reason for the latter is adipose tissue deposits.
With that being mentioned, it is important to note that the diagnosis for each is quite different. A patient seeking help may be asked to lie on their back with their hands beneath their heads to be examined.
The examiner then pinches the patient’s breast on either side of their nipples. If the tissue around the nipple is rubbery, then that’s a sign that the patient has gynecomastia.
However, if no such mound is felt, then the patient could simply be suffering from Pseudogynecomastia.
Since the conditions are different, treatment options are also different. For gynecomastia, patients can either take pills that help lower/remove the symptoms or through surgery.
Pseudogynecomastia, on the other hand, is far easier to treat considering that a simple change in lifestyle (regular exercising and eating the right diet) could be all that is required to get rid of the condition’s symptoms.
However, a patient can also get rid of Pseudogynecomastia by taking pills or through surgery.