Gynecomastia Types

In this article, I am going to take a look at the different gynecomastia types. By reading it, you will discover which types of gynecomastia can men suffer from, as well as the different shapes and sizes of moobs.

Different Types of Moobs

There are various types of gynecomastia. These different types of man boobs typically have the same characteristics.

Nonetheless, they do vary in sizes, shapes and the way in which they are affected by the surrounding tissues.

With that said, lets see what kind of mobs can your body develop:

Puffy Nipples

Puffy and swollen nipples are among the most common gynecomastia types.

They are exhibited by the accumulation of glandular tissue concentrated under and typically confined to the central region of the areola.

If left untreated, this condition is characterized by the abnormal jutting outside the areola to form a dome shaped appearance.

Pure Glandular Gynecomastia

Lean athletes and bodybuilders who do not have a lot of extra fat on their bodies tend to have breast tissue glands with little or no adipose tissue.

Pure glandular gynecomastia in bodybuilders may be caused by the use of anabolic steroids.

This is the purest form of gynecomastia which occurs due to excess testosterone levels arising from steroid use. Testosterone hormone is then converted to estrogen.

Adolescent Gynecomastia

Adolescent Gynecomastia is especially typical for teenagers. Adolescent boys usually develop congenital or hereditary Gynecomastia somewhere between the ages of twelve to eighteen.

This type of moobs affect around 30% to 60% of boys. In most cases, the enlarged breasts or man boobs will resolve on their own by the time they become (young) adults.

According to certain estimates, as much as 30% of adolescent boys may have to live with enlarged moobs for the rest of their lives (unless treated of course).

Nonetheless, extreme cases of adolescent gynecomastia may require early treatment.

If this is the case with you, I suggest you consult with your physician or child development professional together with your parents for further information.

Adult Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia in adults is the most common form of moobs.

This condition comprises of glandular tissue although there may be varying amounts of fibrous and adipose tissue as well.


Pseudo (or false) Gynecomastia is attributed to obesity and bad eating habits. In this case, moobs occur when insulin reacts with excess sugars or certain carbohydrates, which have been processed.

This condition is not a consequence of hormonal imbalance, tumors, drugs, or addictive substances, but happens due to build up of excess fat in your chest area.

While normal Gynecomastia consists of glandular tissue, pseudo-gynecomastia consists of adipose tissue.

Pseudo condition resembles the symptoms of typical gynecomastia, but it requires a different treatment regimen, such as exercise and dietary changes.

In most cases, proper exercising and diet is enough to get rid of this type of moobs. Nonetheless, some cases still require surgical procedures.

Asymmetric or Unilateral Gynecomastia

Unilateral gynecomastia is a condition whose symptoms include only one larger breast with the other one being typically normal in both shape and size.

Bilateral asymmetry will occur when both breasts have gynecomastia, although present in different degrees. For instance, one of your breasts is more enlarged then the other one.

Severe Gynecomastia

This is the most extreme case of gynecomastia. It is characterized by severely large breasts as well as excessive and/or saggy skin.

Severe ginecomastia is very common in older men. This usually happens due to aging and reduced elasticity of the skin. It is this great abundance of excess skin which is a symptom of gynecomastia.

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