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Male breast reduction corrects overdevelopment of breast tissue, allowing men to have a flatter, more masculine chest. Depending on the underlying medical condition, the procedure may be covered by insurance.


Procedure:

1-2 hours in surgery. Liposuction through limited incisions, sometimes combined with surgical removal of excess glandular tissue, reduces the quantity of stored fat and breast tissue. Click here for procedural renderings.

Anesthesia:

Usually general anesthesia.

Length of Stay:

Plan to stay at the Cosmetic Surgery Center for about half a day.

What to Expect:

Oral medication relieves initial discomfort of swelling, as well as any burning sensation or soreness. You’ll wear a compression vest for two months. Drains placed during surgery will be removed in 2-5 days. Some swelling and bruising may linger for as long as 3-6 months.

Resuming activity:

Plan to go back to work or school in 3-7 days. More strenuous activity may be resumed in 2-3 weeks. Most patients are ready for chest exercises and heavy lifting after about 8 weeks.

Duration of results:

Can be permanent, though weight gain or use of steroids can affect male breast size.

Risks:

Infection, fluid accumulation, excessive scarring, rippling or baggy skin, asymmetry, pigmentation changes along incision lines made permanent by sun exposure, or altered sensation may occur. All surgeries carry risks associated with anesthesia.


Have additional questions about the Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Surgery) procedure? Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Knowling for further information.