What is Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is a procedure done to reduce breast size in men who are affected by gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition in which males develop enlarged breasts, and can occur at any age. This condition can cause many men to feel embarrassed and lack self-confidence, affecting the overall quality of life.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Males who are living with gynecomastia who wish to flatten and enhance the contours of their chest can benefit from this procedure. Men should be healthy, non-smokers to be considered for this procedure. A consultation with Dr. Howland can help to decide if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction.

What to Expect

Male breast reduction surgery can be done using several techniques. In the case that fatty tissue rather than breast tissue is the cause for enlarged breasts, liposuction combined with glandular excision can be used. In the case the glandular tissue is the cause for large breasts, excision alone can be used to flatten the chest. The best course of treatment will be determined based on your individual anatomy and desired results.

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Following male breast reduction, bandages and compression garments will be worn. Pain, swelling, and bruising may occur, which can be treated with pain medication. Patients should avoid lifting their arms above their heads during recovery. The exact amount of recovery time will differ from patient to patient, though strenuous activity should be avoided for two to three weeks after surgery. It is vital to follow Dr. Howland’s post-op instruction for a safe and quick recovery.

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How much does a male breast reduction cost?

The overall cost for a male breast reduction surgery changes for each patient. It is dependent on multiple factors. Dr. Howland will provide an estimated cost at the time of your consultation.

What is a male breast reduction called?

A male breast reduction is also known as gynecomastia surgery. This is because gynecomastia is the condition where men of overdeveloped or enlarged breasts.

Can you get rid of gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia during puberty is relatively common and will go away without treatment. For older men experiencing this condition, surgical intervention is typically needed.