Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)


Gynecomastia is a condition in which a man has overdeveloped or enlarged breasts (or “man boobs”) due to genetics, hormones, obesity, or the use of certain medications like steroids. Men who struggle with gynecomastia can feel embarrassed or insecure about the feminine appearance of their chest. Gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction, is a common cosmetic procedure that can eliminate excess breast tissue to enhance the definition of a man’s chest and create a more masculine, toned appearance.

What Can Gynecomastia Surgery Achieve?

Your Procedure

Liposuction

When gynecomastia is the primary result of excess fatty tissue in the chest area, liposuction is usually performed to eliminate these fat cells. A tiny incision is made in the creases beneath the breasts as a cannula (a thin, hollow tube) is inserted under the skin to suction out unwanted fat deposits.

Excision

In cases where a patient has excessive breast skin and glandular tissue that cannot be removed with liposuction, the excision technique can be performed. Fatty tissue is removed from the chest, and the skin is trimmed and tightened for a more sculpted appearance.

Combining Procedures

Some patients who struggle with severe cases of gynecomastia may benefit from selecting a combination of both surgical techniques to achieve optimal results.

Before & After Photos

Concerns

Following your gynecomastia surgery, you may experience some bruising, swelling, and soreness that should resolve after a few days. A surgical garment will be given to you to help minimize swelling, and you should be able to return to work one week after your surgery. However, all strenuous activity must be avoided for several weeks to allow for your incisions to properly heal.
You will have some degree of scarring after your gynecomastia surgery, though the amount and location of the scarring will depend on the incision used. This should fade over time.
The cost of your gynecomastia surgery may vary based on factors such as the techniques used, the extent of correction, surgical fees, and anesthesia fees.
You will experience some discomfort following your gynecomastia procedure, and medication will be prescribed to you by your surgeon to help minimize any pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your gynecomastia surgery results are intended to be permanent. However, weight fluctuations and the natural aging process can alter the appearance of the chest over time. You can maintain your results longer by following a healthy lifestyle.
Gynecomastia surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia.
Ideal candidates for male breast reduction must be in good health, non-smokers, and within 30 to 40 pounds of their ideal body weight. It is also recommended that gynecomastia surgery is delayed until after puberty.