Breast Reduction Surgery: Not Just For Women

By: DuPage Medical Group Plastic Surgery
Topics: General


When you think about breast surgery, whether it be augmentation, reduction or reconstruction, it is usually in regards to the female body. But did you know that men also undergo breast surgeries? In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the number of male breast reduction procedures grew by 35% from 2000 to 2015.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a common condition when male breast tissue becomes over-developed or enlarged. Characteristics of gynecomastia include excess localized fat and/or glandular tissue in one or both breasts. Excess skin and areola size or shape can also be a concern. This condition can occur at any age and can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity or the use of certain drugs/medications.

Sometimes those with gynecomastia can experience emotional discomfort that can hinder self-confidence. Men with gynecomastia often deal with their body insecurities by avoiding some physical activities, such as swimming or beach volleyball, unless a t-shirt can be worn. Sometimes those with this condition try to avoid certain types of clothing, such golf shirts. Some men even avoid intimacy in order to hide gynecomastia from their partner. 

Male Breast Reduction

Luckily a male breast reduction procedure, or reduction mammoplasty, can be performed to correct gynecomastia. The procedure reduces breast size while flattening and enhancing the chest contours. Male breast reduction surgery may involve liposuction, excision of the glandular tissue and/or mastopexy if there is excess skin or if the areola needs repositioning. The procedure is typically performed at a hospital or surgery center except in very mild cases which can be handled under local anesthesia in-office.

After the procedure, patients will be asked to wear a spandex vest garment for several weeks to help support the breast tissues while they heal. Depending on the extent of glandular tissue that was removed, the patient may also have drains for several days. Patients will also have restrictions on physical activity for a period of time following the surgery. 

Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery

The first step in determining if gynecomastia surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Your concerns, desired outcome, health history and surgical options will all be discussed during your consultation. Printed procedure fee estimates and financing options will also be discussed during the consultation.

If you are unhappy with the look of your chest, consider coming in for a consultation to discuss male breast reduction surgery. To schedule a consultation, please call 630-348-3000.