Male Breast Reduction

A male breast reduction (a.k.a. gynecomastia surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the appearance of breast tissue in men for improved chest definition and contours.

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

3 weeks

Permanence

Permanent

Application

Surgical Procedure

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$3000 - $8000

Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics


What is a male breast reduction?

A male breast reduction (a.k.a. gynecomastia surgery) is a plastic surgery procedure to correct the appearance of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is the appearance of breast tissue in men due to imbalances of testosterone and estrogen. This naturally occurs in infancy, puberty, and when men reach their fifties. This condition can also be genetic, or caused by medications like anabolic steroids. Most cases spontaneously resolve within two years, however, some do not and require surgical intervention.

What cosmetic concerns does a male breast reduction procedure treat?

  1. Male Chest Definition: A male breast reduction removes excess breast tissue, including excess skin and fatty tissue, to alleviate the appearance of breasts and improve self confidence.

Who is the ideal candidate for a male breast reduction procedure?

The ideal candidate for a male breast reduction procedure is looking to correct large breasts that create an undesirable aesthetic. A male breast reduction is not recommended for adolescents or for those who have gynecomastia secondary to conditions that will resolve with time.

What is the average recovery associated with a male breast reduction procedure?

Most patients experience four to five weeks of recovery following a male breast reduction. The compression garment should be worn daily for three months. Most candidates return to work after one week. Sex is not recommended for seven to 10 days. More intense exercise can be resumed after three to four weeks.

What are the potential side effects of a male breast reduction procedure?

Possible side effects following a male breast reduction surgery include scarring, changes in breast or nipple sensation, breast contour irregularities, skin discoloration, swelling, bruising, firmness, inability to breastfeed, fat necrosis, loss of the nipple or areola, and need for revision surgery.

What can someone expect from the results of a male breast reduction procedure?

The results of a male breast reduction are immediately visible after the procedure and are permanent, although they will finalize over three to six months during the healing process.

What is the average cost of a male breast reduction procedure?


A male breast reduction can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000. The actual cost of a male breast reduction is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

thumbs-upPros

  • Increased Confidence
  • Permanent Results

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  • Changes In Sensation
  • Possible Asymmetry

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Male breast reduction procedures surgically remove excess breast tissue for a smoother, more defined male chest contour. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after gynecomastia surgery.

The Takeaway


A male breast reduction is a plastic surgery to reduce breast size through removal of excess skin and fatty tissue for improved chest contours and definition and body contouring.

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  1. Mayo Clinic Staff Breast Reconstruction with Implants mayoclinic.org
  2. Mayo Clinic Enlarged Breasts in Men mayoclinic.org
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