If you have gynecomastia or excess male breast tissue, you know how it can make you feel. Simple things like wearing a tight fitting t-shirt to work out or going shirtless at the pool are not in your repertoire.  Male breast reduction surgery to correct gynecomastia is becoming a popular cosmetic surgery procedure among men. Men of all ages develop gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts. Gynecomastia is more common with obesity but may not resolve with weight loss. It can also occur from endocrine disorders, anabolic steroid use, drug use, and sometimes for unknown reasons. Gynecomastia in puberty or when caused by endocrine disorders often resolves on its own or will resolve after treating any underlying medical conditions. Regardless of the cause, when gynecomastia persists, surgical treatment may be necessary.

What does male breast reduction involve?

Surgical correction of gynecomastia typically consists of some combination of liposuction and/or excision of excess breast tissue and skin.  Liposuction is used to remove excess fat from the breasts while fibrous breast tissue and excess skin must be directly excised with a surgical incision. Sometimes a combination of the two techniques is needed.  There are cases where excess breast skin in weight loss patients may require an additional skin tightening procedure in addition to surgical removal of excess breast tissue.

What about recovery?

You can expect to return to mostly sedentary work and light activities within a few days and resume more strenuous activities in two to three weeks.