Breast Reduction for Men

Breast Reduction for Men, also known as gynecomastia, is the surgical correction of overdeveloped or enlarged breast tissue in men or boys. It can be caused by an imbalance of hormones, and can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly. In most cases, gynecomastia isn't a serious problem, but from an emotional standpoint, it can be difficult to face.

In many cases, males with gynecomastia may experience pain in their breasts and may feel embarrassed. Although it typically goes away on its own, gynecomastia may persist, in which case cosmetic surgery to reduce the size of the breast(s) can be an effective option. Our surgeons have dealt with a variety of patients with gynecomastia, and can help you improve your appearance.

Gynecomastia is characterized by:

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • A combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue
  • Gynecomastia may be present unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts)

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Is This a Good Option For You?

Surgical correction of gynecomastia is best performed on:

  • Males whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Non-smokers and non-drug users
  • Adolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue.

More Information?

If you have questions, please contact us. We are always willing to help you determine if this is right for you.

Gynecomastia Words To Know

  • Bilateral gynecomastia: A condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men affecting both breasts.
  • Endocrine system: A group of glands that make hormones which help to control activities in your body such as reproduction, metabolism, growth and development. Testing of your endocrine system may be done to look for signs of diabetes, thyroid disorders, growth hormone deficiency, osteoporosis, hypertension and obesity.
  • Excision: To remove the skin.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure vacuums out fat from beneath the skin’s surface to reduce fullness.
  • Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.
  • Reduction mammaplasty: The surgical removal of breast tissue to reduce the size of breasts.
  • Sutures: Stitches used by surgeons to hold skin and tissue together.
  • Unilateral gynecomastia: A condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men affecting just one breast.

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