Surgical Procedures


Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastis)

Men are occasionally plagued with the embarrassing problem of developing breasts. This condition is known as 'Gynecomastia'. This condition is thought to be hereditary, caused by obesity, diet or aging, or by certain drugs or medical problems. Although rarely talked about, it is a fairly common problem.

There are 2 surgical approaches to this problem:

The first is liposuction, which can be used to suck out the entire breast and smooth and flatten the skin. Ultrasound liposuction is particularly effective in this regard as it helps to shrink the skin in this area. This operation leaves little to no scaring and reshapes the chest area to its normal shape.

An alternative to liposuction in the chest area is to excise the extra skin and breast tissue with a surgical incision. This may be as small as an incision around the nipple or may be larger depending on how much skin needs to be removed.

The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis. You will feel discomfort, but any pain can be controlled with medication. You can expect your chest to be bruised, swollen and ache and this can last for a few weeks.

The results of a male breast reduction are instantaneous but the final result will not be seen until swelling has reduced. You will be asked to rest for the first week. You will probably be instructed not to participate in strenuous activities for 1 - 4 weeks.

For further information about this procedure, please click here: American Society of Plastic Surgeons.