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What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Get the masculine chest that diet and exercise alone can’t improve.

Gynecomastia is a condition in which men develop excess skin, fat, and breast tissue on their chests, commonly caused by hormonal imbalances, changes in weight, illness, medication use, or genetics. Gynecomastia surgery, also known as a male breast reduction, is a very safe and effective procedure used to remove this excess fatty or glandular breast tissue. Many men seek this procedure because it’s the best way to address the effects of gynecomastia.

Amy Simon, MD, FACS, has specialized for more than 20 years in cosmetic breast and body procedures, including gynecomastia surgery. Given her experience and specialization, she’s become one of the most sought-after surgeons for breast procedures for men and women. She works with you each step of the way to help you gain complete confidence in how you look.

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Should I Get a Male Breast Reduction?

Dr. Simon can help you explore all your treatment options.

If you’re unhappy with your gynecomastia, the only permanent way to treat it is with surgery. However, if your gynecomastia is the result of excess fatty tissue, Dr. Simon may recommend other treatment options.

For example, patients with pseudogynecomastia, fatty breast tissue due to being overweight, may find they can reduce breast size via routine weight loss. However, in some cases, such as when skin is stretched beyond its capacity, a male breast reduction is the best way to restore a masculine chest. Liposuction is another possibility.

The best way to know if gynecomastia surgery is right for you is to meet with Dr. Simon. She will evaluate your chest, listen to your goals, and make recommendations for the treatment that will give you the best results possible. 

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Gynecomastia Surgery Benefits

See results instantly.

You’ll likely notice your new chest following your gynecomastia surgery, and will completely see the shape of your new chest once swelling subsides. Given the nearly instantaneous nature of results, many patients also report that their confidence is restored just as quickly as their appearance.

Not only are results immediate, but they are also permanent. Fat and glandular tissue is completely removed, eliminating the appearance of breasts.

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Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure

Two ways to treat gynecomastia.

Liposuction: If you have minor amounts of excess fatty tissue, but little to no excess skin, liposuction is likely your best option. During this process, Dr. Simon will make a small incision to guide a cannula, or hollow tube, to the area of fatty tissue. She uses it to break up the fat before removing it completely.

Excision: For patients with excess glandular tissue, Dr. Simon removes the excess glandular tissue and skin. She can also reposition and resize your nipple to ensure it better fits your chest.

Both procedures are performed alongside an anesthesiologist in a state-licensed, nationally accredited Ambulatory Surgery Center, ensuring the highest levels of safety and comfort. You’ll be able to return to the comfort of your home immediately following either procedure.

During your consultation, Dr. Simon will discuss which treatment or combination of treatments makes the most sense for your desired outcome.

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Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery

Return to your regular routine just days after your procedure.

While full recovery depends on your particular treatment plan, most patients return to their routine within a week of the procedure. Both treatments require patients to wait six weeks to fully heal before returning to physically demanding jobs or activities.

Patients are often active in the days following liposuction. Excision requires you to take it a little easier on your body, but most patients return to work or school after about a week. You’ll wear a compression garment to protect sutures and aid in recovery, and you may have surgical drains to remove any fluid buildup.

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Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia surgery) FAQs

Is gynecomastia treatment without surgery possible?

Gynecomastia affects more than half of teenage boys by age 14, but in some instances, it resolves on its own without any kind of medical intervention.

Gynecomastia can occur for a number of reasons, including the use of certain medications. In some cases, identifying and treating the underlying condition can help improve the gynecomastia. An enlarged breast caused by excess fatty tissue can often be improved with lifestyle changes, such as proper diet and exercise. For many men, however, male breast surgery has proven to be the most successful method for delivering remarkable changes and long-lasting results.

How long will it take for me to see the results?

You may see the first signs of improvement immediately after your gynecomastia surgery. However, most patients begin to see their new shape after all swelling is resolved. A patient’s appearance will continue to improve until the area has completely healed, while wearing the prescribed compression garment and refraining from taking certain medications. In cases where drainage is expected, surgical drains remove some of the fluid build-up over the days following surgery.

Does a male breast reduction offer long-lasting results?

In most cases, the results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent. Fat and glandular tissues are removed from the chest to eliminate the appearance of breasts. When the underlying causes of breast growth are not addressed by an experienced physician, especially one who specializes in the patient’s medical condition that has caused an enlarged chest, there is a chance the tissue may grow back. Often, addressing gynecomastia requires two or more doctors and a multidisciplinary approach to treat not just the symptoms, but also causes of gynecomastia.

I am overweight. Can I still have the male breast reduction surgery?

For best results, patients should have already reached a sustainable goal weight before undergoing surgery. Pseudogynecomastia is a condition where a man has excess fatty tissue that can look like breasts due to being overweight. Weight loss may be the solution.

Does insurance cover surgery for gynecomastia?

Generally speaking, insurance companies view male breast reduction surgery as an elective procedure, not medically necessary, and therefore will not supplement the cost of the surgery. In cases where male breast growth is due to a medical condition, insurance will typically provide treatment funds for medications or procedures that may inadvertently reduce the breast size.

Can smoking marijuana cause “man boobs?”

While not definitive, it is suspected that marijuana use can cause breast growth in men. Because the drug remains illegal at the federal level, there have not been enough studies performed to lead to correlate the two conclusively. As more states approve the use of marijuana both medically and recreationally, there should be more studies performed in the future. For now, it remains possible that marijuana use in men can increase the size of the breasts, though this does not appear to be true for females.

What Our Patients Say

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"Amy's professionalism and personality was what prompted me to get this procedure I have been putting off for 15 years. I'm extremely happy with the job she did and the follow-up attention I received."

–ssuther159, review on RealSelf

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If you’re unhappy with your chest, your first step to a flatter, more toned chest is talking to Dr. Simon about your desired look. During your consultation, Dr. Simon will explain your options for treatment, walk you through the procedure and recovery process, and help you understand what outcome is attainable. Our goal is to answer all your questions so you feel confident in whatever decision you make.

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