Gynecomastia, or the enlargement of male breast tissue, is a common condition that can affect men of all ages. Understanding the signs and symptoms is crucial for early diagnosis and treatment.

At the New Jersey Gynecomastia Center, we specialize in identifying and treating this condition. Here are 10 of the top signs that you might have gynecomastia.

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1. Enlarged Breast Tissue

The primary sign of gynecomastia is the noticeable enlargement of breast tissue. This can occur in one or both breasts and may develop unevenly. If you observe a persistent increase in breast size, it’s worth consulting with Dr. Rosenberg at the New Jersey Gynecomastia Center for an evaluation.

This enlargement can vary in severity, from a slight puffiness to a more pronounced breast-like appearance, often causing significant distress.

2. Tenderness and Sensitivity

Many individuals with gynecomastia experience tenderness and sensitivity in the breast area. This discomfort can range from mild to severe and may be exacerbated by physical activity or touch. If you notice persistent tenderness, it’s a sign that you should seek professional advice.

Tenderness can also make wearing tight clothing or participating in sports uncomfortable, affecting daily activities and quality of life.

3. Firm or Rubbery Tissue

Gynecomastia is often characterized by firm or rubbery tissue beneath the nipple area. This differs from the softer, fatty tissue associated with weight gain. If you feel a firm, glandular texture, it’s a good idea to have it checked by our doctors. This firm tissue is usually more localized around the nipple and areola, distinguishing it from generalized chest fat.

4. Swelling

Swelling around the nipples and breast area is a common symptom of gynecomastia. This swelling can cause the breasts to appear puffy and may extend beyond the areola. Persistent swelling warrants a visit to the New Jersey Gynecomastia Center for a thorough assessment. Swelling may be accompanied by a sense of fullness or heaviness in the chest, further impacting comfort and confidence.

5. Nipple Discharge

Although less common, some men with gynecomastia may experience discharge from one or both nipples. This can be a sign of underlying hormonal imbalances or other health issues.

Nipple discharge should always be evaluated by a healthcare professional to rule out more serious conditions. Discharge can be alarming and may vary in color and consistency, necessitating immediate medical evaluation.

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6. Changes in Nipple Appearance

Gynecomastia can cause changes in the appearance of the nipples, such as an increase in size or a more pronounced shape. These changes can be subtle or noticeable, and they are often accompanied by other symptoms like tenderness or swelling.

7. Psychological Impact

Men with gynecomastia often experience psychological effects, including embarrassment, anxiety, and a decrease in self-esteem. These emotional responses can significantly impact quality of life.

If you find that your breast size is affecting your mental well-being, it’s important to seek support from our doctors at the New Jersey Gynecomastia Center. Psychological impacts can be profound, leading to social withdrawal, depression, and a reluctance to engage in activities that involve exposing the chest.

8. Hormonal Imbalances

Gynecomastia is frequently linked to hormonal imbalances, particularly an increase in estrogen or a decrease in testosterone. Conditions such as puberty, aging, and certain medical treatments can disrupt hormonal levels, leading to the development of gynecomastia.

Hormonal testing and evaluation can help determine if imbalances are contributing to your symptoms and guide appropriate treatment.

9. Medication Side Effects

Certain medications can cause gynecomastia as a side effect. These include drugs used to treat conditions like hypertension, ulcers, and prostate issues. If you notice breast enlargement after starting a new medication, consult with Dr. Rosenberg to discuss alternative treatments.

Common medications that can induce gynecomastia include certain anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, and some antidepressants, making it important to review your medication history.

10. Underlying Health Conditions

Gynecomastia can be a symptom of underlying health conditions such as liver disease, kidney failure, or thyroid disorders. Identifying and treating these conditions is crucial for resolving gynecomastia. Comprehensive medical evaluation can help pinpoint the root cause of your symptoms. Understanding the broader health context is essential for effective treatment, as managing the underlying condition often alleviates gynecomastia.

How the New Jersey Gynecomastia Center Can Help

At the New Jersey Gynecomastia Center, we understand that gynecomastia can be a sensitive and challenging condition. Dr. Rosenberg and our dedicated team offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options tailored to your needs. Our approach includes:

  • Thorough Consultations: Detailed evaluations to understand your medical history, symptoms, and concerns.
  • Diagnostic Testing: Hormonal assessments, imaging studies, and other tests to identify underlying causes.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans: Customized strategies that may include medication adjustments, hormone therapy, or surgical options.
  • Supportive Care: Ongoing support and tips to address both the physical and psychological aspects of gynecomastia.


Recognizing the signs of gynecomastia is the first step toward seeking effective treatment. If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to consult with Dr. Rosenberg at the New Jersey Gynecomastia Center.

Our team is dedicated to providing personalized care and support throughout your diagnosis and treatment journey. Understanding the signs and taking action early can make a significant difference in managing gynecomastia and improving your quality of life.

The New Jersey Gynecomastia Center is here to support you every step of the way, from initial diagnosis to final recovery. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy, confident appearance and improve your overall well-being. Don’t let gynecomastia affect your quality of life any longer – reach out to us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward a new you. ​

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