Gynecomastia is a medical term that originates from the Greek words for "women-like breasts." Gynecomastia affects an estimated 40 to 60 percent of the male population.

About Male Breast Reduction

This is performed when men have excess enlarged breasts as a result of overgrowth of breast tissue as well as excess fat.  The procedure usually involves liposuction with direct excision of the underlying breast tissue using a small incision just below the areola.  The nipple areolar complex and skin will then shrink up to create a much better contour over the underlying pectoralis major muscle. 

Recovery Process

There will be some post-operative bruising, swelling, and burning sensation. To assist with the swelling and healing process, the patient will wear a pressure garment for 3-6 weeks. Patients sometimes report minor pain associated with surgery which can be treated effectively with oral pain medication.  While complications are rare, patients can minimize the risk for potential problems by carefully following post-op instructions.


Reasons for Considering Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Surgery:

  •  Prominent swollen breast gland tissue
  •  Breast tenderness
  •  Inability to improve appearance with diet and exercise
  •  Embarrassment or insecurity with one’s body

The Andochick Center for Cosmetic Surgery