WHAT IS GYNECOMASTIA?
The word gynecomastia means "female breast" and is the medical description that refers to an over growth, or breast-like formation of the normally flat male chest around the nipple. This abnormal fullness comes in two forms: the first form is when actual breast tissue forms from the normally quiescent cells under the nipple, and this type can be caused by genetics, medications, or a handful of other reasons. The second type of gynecomastia is more esthetic in nature and occurs when an abnormal amount of fatty tissue builds up throughout the breast, causing an embarrassing feminization of the male chest. Both forms can be treated, however, and the first is often considered a medical problem that can be paid for through medical insurance. The second form is not covered by medical insurance, as it is considered to be cosmetic in nature, but can be treated with the use of liposuction.