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Male Breast Reduction

If you are a man who struggles with excess breast tissue and the self-consciousness that may arise as a result, you can turn to our plastic surgeons to undergo male breast reduction.

  • Reduces excess breast tissue on men
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Corrects gynecomastia

Would male breast reduction be right for me?

Excess breast tissue on men, a condition thought to be caused by hormonal issues, uses liposuction and excision to correct the issue. The condition, which can occur in adolescents and adults, may be linked to a variety of causes and may force some men to ignore it. However, more than 15,000 male breast reduction surgeries were performed in the US in 2009, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The excess breast tissue, containing a combination of fat and glandular tissue, can result in tender or sensitive areas on the chest.

To be considered an ideal candidate for male breast reduction, you should be at a healthy, stable body weight and be a non-smoker. Prior to surgery, you may undergo a medical evaluation to determine if the issue may be corrected through lifestyle changes. This evaluation may include an MRI or mammogram.

How is a male breast reduction performed?

The procedure takes at least 1 hour to perform, and the amount of tissue to be removed will determine if a local or general anesthetic will be used. The glandular tissue may be excised with a scalpel alone, while fat and glandular tissue may require liposuction and excision. Your plastic surgeon will make an incision around the nipple areola or in the underarm and dislodge and suction the fat out. If a major amount of fat is removed, skin may also be removed to maintain good contour.

What can I expect after male breast reduction?

Following the procedure, you should be able to return to work after about 1 week. Your chest will be wrapped in gauze, and the stitches may be removed after 1-2 weeks. Pain may be managed with medication, but you should expect some discomfort, swelling and bruising. You should also expect to wait up to 3 months to see the final result as swelling gradually subsides. The results should be permanent as long as your lifestyle, including regular exercise, remains healthy.

Possible complications that may arise with male breast reduction may include noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes, infection, skin injury and mismatched nipples.

If you're considering male breast reduction, we encourage you to contact us.

We offer a variety of appointment types. Learn more or call 913-588-1227 to schedule now.