Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia is a condition that causes an increase in male breast tissue. It can cause a great deal of embarrassment for men. Often, it deters a man from taking off his shirt or even wearing a t-shirt because of the appearance. There are ways to manage this problem and rid men of the unwanted extra tissue on the chest. Once a definable medical reason is ruled out, the plastic surgeons at The Center for Cosmetic Surgery may suggest a plastic surgery procedure called male breast reduction to help patients from Denver to Colorado Springs remove the breast fullness.

Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)
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Before & After Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Case 456 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #456

This 34-year-old man presented with a significant enlargement of the right breast that had troubled him for several years.  He underwent liposuction of both sides of his chest with a nipple-repositioning breast reduction of the right.  He is shown 3 weeks after his procedure.  The incisions are pink and there is some residual s... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
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Case #895

46 year-old man who had developed progressive  fullness of the chest, as well as a bilateral retroareolar (behind-the-nipple) rubbery firmness/mass effect. He also had general lipodystrophy of the chest tissues. He underwent a combined approach gynecomastia tissue reduction with an inside-half nipple approach, direct excision of retroare... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Case 477 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #477

This is a 40-year-old man who underwent a gynecomastia reduction.  Although very fit, he had an overgrowth of breast tissue that bothered him. He is shown before and 7 months after his procedure, with a significant reduction in the glandular tissue of his chest and an improvement in the definition of the bottom of his pectoralis muscles.... Read More
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Before & After Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Case 635 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #635

58 year-old male with moderate gynecomastia due to general aging/weight gain. He disliked his appearance in tighter clothing, and wished to correct the progressively feminized appearance of his chest.   He underwent a fairly aggressive direct excision of excess breast tissue and skin (approximately 300-400 gm a side),... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Case 451 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #451

This is a 22 year old, 6'1", 200 lb. man who complained of a chest fullness that he found unattractive. He had a condition known as gynecomastia which is male breast tissue which had been present since puberty. He underwent a gynecomastia excision procedure to remove the tissue through a very small incision around the bottom of his a... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
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Case #301

This 37-year-old man underwent gynecomastia correction with a combination of power-assisted liposuction (PAL) and excision of excess breast tissue.  He is shown before and 1 year after his procedure.
Surgeon: Andrew J. Wolfe, M.D.
Before & After Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Case 452 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #452

This is a 32 year old, 6'1", 180 lb. man who wanted his chest flatter. He had idiopathic gynecomastia, a condition where male breast tissue develops during puberty. Gynecomastia is very common and easily treatable with a gynecomastia excision procedure which removed that tissue through small incisions beneath the areolae. Post-operat... Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Case 499 View #1 View in Golden, CO
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Case #499

This 24 year old male presented with concerns about persistent fullness of his chest area, which lent a somewhat embarrassing feminized effect.  Termed “gynecomastia”, this condition usually briefly happens during puberty (and is self-limited), but when it persists into adulthood, it can be due to hormonal imbalances (a relative excess o... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What causes gynecomastia?

There are dozens of known contributing factors to the development of gynecomastia. Commonly, obesity is a major influence upon the development of excess breast tissue. Many prescribed medications cause gynecomastia. Alcohol, marijuana, or steroid abuse may create the problem. Many medical illnesses such as thyroid disease, renal failure, and even several tumors may be the etiology of gynecomastia. It is important that you are evaluated by your primary care physician prior to considering a surgical removal of the unwanted tissue.

Should gynecomastia be treated surgically in adolescents?

No. Once a treatable illness or medication is ruled out as the cause, the adolescent should be observed as it will usually resolve on its own as he matures.

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What techniques are used to remove male breast tissue?

The techniques employed to treat gynecomastia depend upon the quality and quantity of excess tissue and skin. When excess chest fullness is mostly fatty, power-assisted liposuction can be used to flatten it. The power-assisted liposuction technology is helpful in removing the fibrous type of fat that is typical in the male chest. More often, when prominence is due to breast tissue, it is too dense and firm for successful removal with liposuction. In these cases, a small incision hidden around the areola is necessary in order to remove it. In a minority of cases, when the skin is very loose and thin and will not likely tighten up after tissue removal, an excisional skin procedure may be necessary.

What is the recovery period after male breast reduction?

This depends upon the procedure performed. In the case of liposuction, a compression garment is worn at all times for two weeks followed by another two weeks while active. Discomfort will gradually dissipate over several days, but cyclic swelling and lumpiness persist for many months. You will be off pain medication and back to non-strenuous work after a few days. Within a couple of weeks, normal activity is resumed.

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What kind of anesthesia is used for male breast reduction?

General anesthesia is the preferred method of achieving adequate pain control and sedation. In healthy patients, general anesthesia is extremely safe with very low complication rates. You will be entirely asleep for the duration of the procedure and awaken in recovery before you know it. Anesthesia is delivered by a board-certified anesthesiologist who cares for you before, during, and after surgery so that you have a comfortable and safe experience.

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