Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Gynecomastia is a common condition that affects a significant number of men, resulting in localized fat and/or glandular tissue in the breasts. For most cases of gynecomastia, the cause is unknown, but the condition may be linked to certain medications or diseases. Many men are embarrassed by this condition and seek treatment to achieve a smooth, contoured chest through male breast reduction.

Male breast reduction may be performed using liposuction, open surgery or a combination of the two, depending on the amount and type of tissue found in the breasts. If the breasts consist of mostly fatty tissue, liposuction may be used to suction out fat through small incisions in the underarm areas. For breasts with an excessive amount of glandular tissue, excision surgery may be performed, which requires cutting out the excess fat, tissue and occasionally skin through a larger incision in the nipple. Either way, general anesthesia is not necessary; local anesthesia with sedation provides total comfort with minimal risk. Dr. Lipson will determine which technique is best for you based on your individual goals for surgery.

After breast reduction surgery, patients will be able to return home the very same day. Post-operative symptoms may include swelling and discomfort, which can be managed through pain medication, and compression garments worn for a few weeks after surgery. Patients will be able to return to work once they feel well enough, but should avoid strenuous exercise for a week or two while the chest heals. For most men, breast reduction surgery produces a flatter, more well-defined chest contour that can last for many years, as long as they maintain a stable weight.

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