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Male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, is the surgical procedure used to reduce the size of enlarged breasts in men. Many men experience embarrassing enlarged breasts due to genetics, hormonal changes, weight gain, or as a side effect of certain medications or drugs.

Male breast reduction can resolve this problem, whether it is related to excess fat, glandular tissue, or both.


What are the benefits of male breast reduction surgery?

Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment or enlargement of breast tissue in men, characterized by excessive localized fat and glandular tissue development in one or both breasts. Male breast reduction surgery helps to remove this excess tissue, fat, and skin to create a flatter, more sculpted, masculine upper chest. Benefits include:

  • Comfort during physical activity
  • Improved posture
  • A more masculine figure
  • Boosts self-confidence

The benefits of male breast reduction surgery can be life-changing for men who have been dealing with gynecomastia. Reach out to Dr. Chang for a private consultation.

What can I expect from a male breast reduction procedure?

Male breast reduction surgery may involve liposuction, excision, or both, based upon your particular needs and desired results.

Dr. Chang will consult with you to determine the best methods to remove the excess tissue and skin and attain a firmer, more masculine physique.

Immediately before the procedure, you will be administered anesthesia. During liposuction, a cannula, or small tube, will be inserted into small incisions and moved back and forth to break up and remove the fat via a vacuum.

Excision is used when there is more glandular tissue or sagging skin that must be removed, or the nipple or areola needs to be repositioned or reshaped for a more masculine look. This enhancement requires incisions to remove the extra skin and tissues. After your male breast reduction surgery, your incisions will be bandaged, and Dr. Chang will give you full aftercare instructions, so you heal swiftly.

What is the recovery like from male breast reduction surgery?

Male breast reduction surgery requires some downtime to allow the surgical sites to heal correctly. You will also be fitted with a compression garment to help with swelling and provide support.

It is advised that you spend the first couple of days after surgery resting at home to let your body heal. Gentle walks are the recommended type of exercise. No lifting or strenuous activity should be performed until your incisions fully recover. Most men can return to work within two to three days (unless it involves strenuous physical activities) — plan on taking a few days off work.

You may experience some pain, swelling, and tenderness, which should fade after about one week. Most patients find it takes approximately four to six weeks to fully recover from male breast reduction surgery and return to vigorous workouts.

Is male breast reduction surgery right for me?

If you are embarrassed by overly large male breasts, and excess tissue, fat, and skin, you may be a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery. Ideal candidates also possess the following traits:

What is the usual recovery time?

You will have to take the first week after your tuberous breast correction surgery off of work to allow you to rest and recovery in a stress free environment. Recovery should only take a few weeks, depending on the extent of the correction performed. If multiple surgeries are required, then this will be discussed after his assessment of your condition. Your recovery time may be longer if a breast lift is needed for your procedure.

  • In overall good health
  • At a healthy, stable weight
  • Nonsmokers and non-drug users
  • Do not have medical conditions that could affect recovery

Why should I choose Dr. Chang for my male breast reduction?

Dr. Christopher Chang is one of DC’s top plastic surgeons and has been providing unmatched results for men who have been struggling with self-esteem due to gynecomastia. Dr. Chang is a board-certified plastic surgeon who attended Harvard, NYU’s School of Medicine, and Yale University as well as completed a fellowship at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Hospital. He has received numerous accolades and has a discerning eye for detail that provides the most natural results.

If you have been struggling with a lack of self-confidence or self-esteem due to your gynecomastia, please reach out to our welcoming and highly-skilled staff to schedule your consultation with Dr. Chang.

Male breast reduction FAQs

What are the risks associated with male breast reduction surgery?

While risks of male breast reduction surgery are rare, there are a few risks that patients should be aware of:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Blood clots
  • Hematoma (bleeding)
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensitivity or numbness
  • Breast shape irregularity or asymmetry

Make sure to discuss any medical conditions, medications you take, questions, and any concerns with Dr. Chang during your consultation.

What is the cost of male breast reduction surgery?

Because male breast reduction surgery is a procedure that is customized to your specific needs and desired results, the cost can vary depending on which methods are used, and how much excess tissue, fat, and skin needs to be removed.

For some men, liposuction will resolve the problem. For those men with excess glandular tissue, surgery is required, so the cost varies, but is typically between $3,000 to $4,000.

To learn more about the cost of your male breast reduction surgery with Dr. Chang, please reach out to us to schedule an initial consultation.

How long does male breast reduction surgery take?

Male breast reduction surgery usually takes between one and three hours to complete and four to six weeks to fully recover.

What can I expect after gynecomastia surgery?

The first few days after your surgery, you will want to take it easy at home. The area will feel tender and possibly tight. These problems fade quickly as the incisions heal, typically within a week. Your chest will be supported by a compression garment to aid in healing and reduce swelling, which you can remove when given the okay by Dr. Chang.

Can my nipples be made smaller in male breast reduction surgery?

If your case of excessive breast tissue includes overly large nipples, the size and shape can be altered during your surgery.

What causes gynecomastia?

The causes of gynecomastia include:

  • Hormonal changes or imbalances
  • Weight gain
  • A side effect of some medications
  • Aging
  • Genetics

Should I undergo male breast reduction surgery?

If you are embarrassed by an excess of breast tissue, you may be a good candidate for this procedure. If you avoid revealing your chest, wear loose shirts to hide it, and feel it is affecting your quality of life, gynecomastia surgery can restore your confidence in your look, creating a firm, fit, masculine chest structure.

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