Gynecomastia, or male breast reduction, improves the appearance of the chest in cases where diet and exercise have failed. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent, leaving men satisfied with the results.

Excess development of breast tissue occurs in as many as 40-60 percent of men. The cause is not always known, but the incidence increases with certain drugs (digitalis, anabolic steroids, Tagamet, and spironolactone), use of marijuana or alcohol, and obesity. This condition can cause extreme embarrassment, social inhibition, and self-consciousness for boys and men who suffer from it.

The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. In some instances, surgery may be discouraged for overweight men who have not first tried an exercise and diet regimen.

Enlarged male breasts can be reduced by liposuction and/or by cutting out excess glandular tissue. The procedure takes an average of 2 hours and is usually performed on an outpatient basis using general or local anesthesia. If excessive glandular tissue, fat and skin is present, it will be removed. Surgery may be performed alone or in conjunction with liposuction, where the suction device is inserted through the existing incisions. For the removal of excess fatty tissue alone, liposuction may be all that is needed; in such cases, scars will be small and barely visible.

Some of the benefits of surgery include a firmer, flatter, more contoured chest which may give a boost in self-confidence. There is little downtime, and you may return to work within one week unless you are involved in strenuous activities.

There will be slight scarring around the nipple of the breast (areola) from this procedure, but that will fade time and be less visible. There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation. To assist with the healing process, the patient will wear an elastic pressure garment for 3-6 weeks and must avoid exposing scarred areas to the sun for at least 6 months.