Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia surgery, is a procedure to remove excess breast tissue in males. Working out regularly at the gym, doing bench press and other chest exercises, is important, however, no fitness regimen will fix this excess fat accumulation. It will need to be removed surgically.

We usually remove tissue through a combination of ultrasound assisted liposuction(UAL) and via excision of the mammary gland itself. This is usually accomplished through multiple small incisions for the liposuction and an incision along the edge of the areola (pigmented skin around the nipple).

Many males are afflicted with this condition – I know because I was one of them. I had gynecomastia surgery in my mid 20’s and have enjoyed the benefits ever since. I distinctly recall being very self conscious about having my shirt off to go swimming or play “shirts and skins” basketball as a kid. Getting it fixed was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.

Male breast reduction surgery is done as an outpatient under general anesthesia. There is not a lot of post-operative pain – really more of a discomfort. I have my patients wear a compressive vest for a few days and then switch to a tight-fitting shirt such as those made by Under Armour. Some swelling and bruising is expected, but recovery time is minimal. Most men are back to their normal activities within a few days and able to resume more vigorous exercise in a month. Swelling is usually resolved within a couple of months.

Please take a moment to look at our male breast reduction before and after photos. I look forward to the opportunity to assist you in this procedure. Please call us for a confidential consultation if you would like to learn more.

Below is an example of a male breast reduction before and after photo. If you would like to see more before and after photos, click on "Photo Gallery" on the left.

Male Breast Reduction before and after photo

Written by: Dr. Bruce W. Van Natta