Male Breast Surgery

What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

A male breast reduction is the most effective known treatment for Gynecomastia , or enlarged male breasts. This cosmetic surgery procedure removes excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a flatter, firmer and more masculine contour to the chest.

What are the Causes of Gynecomastia?

Due to genetics, use of certain medications, or other unspecified reasons, some men develop the appearance of enlarged breasts. It is estimated that up to 50% of men in the United States experience some degree of gynecomastia during their lifetime. Gynecomastia can present at any age, and male breast reduction can be performed safely and successfully.

How is Male Breast Surgery Performed?

The procedure for treating gynecomastia with liposuction is typically performed using local anesthesia with sedation, and involves a small incision on each side of the chest. Through these incisions, your cosmetic surgeon will remove excess fat and/or glandular tissue, at the same time sculpting a new chest contour that looks natural to your body.

Why Have a Male Breast Reduction?

While losing weight can help reduce the appearance of male breasts for some men, often times there is excess glandular tissue as well, causing even very lean patients to notice enlarged breasts. Currently, male breast reduction is the only consistently effective treatment for gynecomastia that has long lasting, if not permanent, results. Following this surgery, patients commonly say they feel comfortable going shirtless for the first time in years, and report an enhanced sense of self-confidence.

Male Breast Surgery Recovery

The recovery process following liposuction is typically quite tolerable. Patients are often given a compression garment to wear for the first few weeks after surgery; this helps to minimize swelling and offers support to the healing tissues. Many men return to work or school within several days after their procedures. However, it is important to understand that everyone heals at a unique pace.

Your Male Breast Surgery will be performed in Dr. John D. Rachel's surgery center located in North Shore.
Dr Rachel is a true artist! Not only is he highly skilled at what he does, he is kind and caring with an awesome bedside manner! His office staff is second to none as well. I speak from experience as a patient at MetropolitanMDs. Being in the field, I have a lot of options and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I refer all my patients for his services.

Male Breast Surgery FAQ

  • What kind of scars will I have?
    Gynecomastia results in minimal scarring, with most scars being hidden. If your male breast reduction is combined with a lift, you will have scars around your areola that are hidden in the pigment changes of your skin.
  • Are there any nonsurgical treatments for gynecomastia?
    Losing weight can help overweight men, though it doesn’t necessarily cure gynecomastia. But for men that are thin, surgery is an option for reducing gynecomastia.
  • If I am overweight can I have gynecomastia surgery?
    Many patients undergoing gynecomastia surgery are overweight. It is much healthier, and contour is better if a patient loses weight on their own. Surgery cannot make someone look as good as they would look with their own weight loss. But even with weight loss, often some excess chest fat remains, and surgery can be effective.
  • If I gain weight after having the procedure will my gynecomastia come back?
    If your problem was glandular, then gaining weight will not be a problem. If the problem was fat, then it is possible that some of it will return with additional weight gain.
  • Will I lose nipple sensation after the procedure?
    Injury is uncommon but may result in loss of the nipple areolar complex or loss of sensation.
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