Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Gynecomastia, the overdevelopment of the male breast, can be a major source of self-esteem issues for many men. At its most severe, gynecomastia can make the male breast look very similar to the female breast. It is estimated that nearly 60% of all males worldwide develop some degree of gynecomastia at some point in their lifespan.

Male breast reduction can instantly sculpt the breast; transforming overdeveloped male breasts into a more masculine appearance that is proportional to the rest of the male body. Male breast reduction surgery is safe and effective; which is why the procedure is rapidly growing in popularity with males of all ages.

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

Dr. Cameron Craven
Dr. Daniela Atencio

What is a gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the enlargement of male breast tissue to a point where the male chest can develop female characteristics. The appearance of gynecomastia can range from enlarged “puffy” nipples to the development of breasts that look like female breasts. Overdevelopment can occur in one or both breasts; in fact, asymmetric breast tissue growth can be common. Gynecomastia is usually associated with a hormonal imbalance between testosterone and estrogen levels. This imbalance can occurs from the body’s reaction to various medications, drugs and alcohol, and medical conditions including aging and kidney issues. Unfortunately the cause for this imbalance is unknown, or idiopathic, in the majority of cases.

Medically, there are no health concerns directly tied to gynecomastia. However, gynecomastia can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, so it is important to consult with your primary physician before seeking a surgeon’s assistance.

How is male breast reduction performed?

Male breast reduction surgery is an effective way to treat gynecomastia when medical treatments are not ineffective.

Male breast reduction surgery is performed under general or twilight anesthesia. The procedure begins with the surgeon making small incisions in the armpit or around the nipple. The surgeon then removes targeted excess breast tissue. Depending on the needs of the patient liposuction can also be utilized to remove excess fat and further sculpt the breast. The incisions are then closed with sutures.

The final result of the procedure is a chest that is flat and firm, with contours that are in proportion with the rest of the body.

How long does a typical male breast reduction procedure take?

Typically gynecomastia correction surgery takes one to two hours to complete. However, procedure length can vary depending on the needs of the patient.

Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

Ideal patients for gynecomastia are adult males who maintain a healthy body weight but have overdeveloped breasts or nipples. Men who are overweight are advised to try natural weight loss before undergoing breast reduction surgery.

What to expect after gynecomastia?

Post-surgery pain and swelling is common and usually subsides within a couple of weeks of the procedure. Many patients will wear a compression garment for 4 to 5 weeks following the surgery to suppress swelling and contour the chest.

Most men can return to work within 3 to 5 days of the surgery. Light exercise, such as walking and jogging, can usually begin within two weeks and more intense exercise, such as weight lifting, is permissible after 4 to 5 weeks. Sex is not recommended for the first 7 to 10 days.

How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?

The total cost of male breast reduction surgery can differ greatly from individual to individual based on the complexity of the procedure (specifically the amount of breast tissue that needs to be removed). Learn more about gynecomastia surgery procedure prices

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