Gynecomastia

(Male Breast Reduction)

Enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia) affects nearly 40-60% of men, often with no known cause. This condition can be highly embarrassing as well as physically uncomfortable.

Men who feel self-conscious about enlarged breasts may seek breast reduction surgery. The procedure removes fat and/or glandular tissue from the breasts, and in some cases excess skin as well. The result is a flatter, firmer chest.

The Procedure

Surgical correction of gynecomastia takes about an hour and a half. Under general anesthesia, or in some cases local anesthesia and sedation, an incision is made in an inconspicuous location and the excess breast tissue is removed. This may be done with a scalpel or with a combination of scalpel and liposuction, depending on the amount of fat being removed.

Recovery

Some discomfort, swelling and bruising is normal after breast reduction. This will lessen after the first few weeks, and by a few months after the surgery you will see final the difference in breast size. Many patients are able to return to work within one to two days. You will be given a pressure garment to wear over the chest for one to two weeks. At that time, any external stitches will be removed as well.

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Additional Resources

To learn more about our Gynecomastia Service, please contact us at (516) 295-0404 or (212) 257-0007.