“Why are my nipples puffy?”
When the male areola projects outward it can cause the nipples to look “puffy” or “pointy”.
This is one of the most common questions we get asked. Watch Dr. Truong explain why puffy nipples are one of the common signs of gynecomastia.
1. Male Puffy Nipples: Enlargement of the male breast tissue under and around the nipples.
The enlarged male breast tissue is distinct from and not related to the chest muscle. Some men may find that their puffy nipples does not go away when they lose weight or work out their chest area. In fact, when the chest muscle is more developed sometimes it can make the appearance of puffy nipples worse or more obvious.
2. Enlarged or “puffy” areola and nipples in men
Puffy nipples are usually associated with gynecomastia. The enlarged breast gland tends to push the nipple and areola outward which causes the nipple to look “puffy”.
3. Female breast-like appearance to the male chest area
The ideal male chest is flat and firm with very little projection from the nipple. When we check a patient we also look for what we call the point of maximal projection in the chest area. So when you’re wearing a shirt the chest area should be projecting above the nipple. If the nipple is the point of maximal projection, meaning it sticks out further out than the pectoral muscles, then this could also be a sign you have gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia “man boobs” is a very common problem, affecting up to 65% of men in the United States according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Some common causes may include:
- Being obese or overweight
- Hormone imbalance
- Certain types of medications
- Steroid or drug use such as smoking weed
Sometimes gynecomastia can be hereditary or idiopathic. Idiopathic means that there is no identifiable cause. The only way to know if you have gynecomastia is to be evaluated by a surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia to discuss your treatment options.
Learn more about XSCULPT’s specialized procedure CHESTSCULPT specifically designed to treat gynecomastia with a simple 45 minute procedure.