Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia surgery
Male Breast Reduction

One out of three men will develop some degree of abnormal breast tissue due to hormones, genetics or medications in their lifetime. For some, the appearance of abnormal breast tissue can be awkward and embarrassing. Often, the best and most predictable solution for gynecomastia is male breast reduction, a surgical approach to removal of the abnormal tissue. In some cases, liposuction alone is enough, but sometimes a more extensive male breast reduction is required to remove excess skin and tissue. The appearance of the male nipple can also be improved by reshaping, repositioning and making it smaller if necessary. The extent to the scarring that result from the surgery depends on how much skin, if any needs to be removed. You may need drains which are removed in 5-7 days.


The appropriate technique for you will be determined based on:

  • Breast size and shape
  • The size and position of your areolas
  • The degree of breast sagging
  • Skin quality and elasticity as well as the amount of extra skin

The risks include:

  • Unfavorable scarring
  • Bleeding (hematoma)
  • Infection
  • Poor healing of incisions
  • Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
  • Anesthesia risks
  • Breast contour and shape irregularities
  • Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
  • Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs can occur and may be temporary or permanent
  • Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues
  • Breast asymmetry
  • Fluid accumulation
  • Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  • Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • Blood clots
  • Pain, which may persist
  • Possibility of revisional surgery