Male Breast Reduction
- Excessive male breast tissue
- Increased pain, tenderness, and size of breast tissue
- “Puffy nipples”
- A more flattering male physique
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a condition in which male breast tissue swells due to hormones. While this most commonly occurs during puberty, it can also occur due to aging, medications, and health conditions. Not only can male breast reduction improve a man’s physique, it can also boost their self-confidence.
Who is a Good Candidate?
Healthy males who are non-smokers at a relatively normal weight can often benefit from this procedure. It is important that patient’s breasts have fully developed before undergoing male breast reduction. A consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons can help to determine whether this procedure is right for you. In some cases, our plastic surgeon may recommend being evaluated by an endocrinologist first to identify any possible causes of a hormone imbalance, which can cause gynecomastia.
Depending on the type of breast tissue present, excess breast tissue or fat can be removed with liposuction, excision or a combination of both. If excess tissue is mostly made up of fatty tissue and there is sufficient skin elasticity, liposuction alone may be used. Glandular tissue and skin will be removed if necessary. More severe cases of gynecomastia may cause the areolae to stretch, in which case the size and position of the areolae can be improved. A typical incision is made either on the edge of the areola or in the armpit area. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation.
Recuperation and Healing
You will go home with specific instructions. A compression vest or chest wrapping is usually indicated for a week or two after surgery to help reduce swelling. Sutures are usually removed 7-14 days after surgery.
Learn more about the recovery process following a procedure here.
Additional procedures that may enhance the result:
- Liposuction of excess fat in the armpit area
- Contouring and flattening of the abdomen with liposuction and/or tummy tuck
Male breast reduction surgery is occasionally covered by some, but not all, insurance companies. Pre-approval or denial is obtained from your insurance carrier before surgery. The patient is responsible for any payment not covered by insurance.