Male Breast Tissue


If you are a man struggling with an excess of male breast tissue, also known as gynecomastia, you may feel embarrassed or abnormal. However, you should know that you are not alone. Far from it. In fact, studies suggest that anywhere from 25 percent to 65 percent of middle-aged or older men experience gynecomastia at some point. The good news is that this is not a problem you have to hide or live with. Illuminate Plastic Surgery has the solution to your excess male breast tissue.

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What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is actually a fairly natural occurrence that usually represents an imbalance between estrogen and testosterone. More specifically, the body is producing too much estrogen relative to its testosterone. It is not at all uncommon in newborn babies and can happen again during puberty. In these cases, it usually goes away on its own after a few months. In middle-aged or older men, other measures may be required to treat it.

Excess Male Breast Tissue Treatment Options

There are two main options at Illuminate Plastic Surgery for excess male breast tissue, or gynecomastia. In many cases, a combination of these two treatments is used.

  • Male Breast Reduction – A male breast reduction procedure is not unlike the procedure we perform for women with overly large breasts who are seeking to reduce their size. In the case of men, we are looking to provide a smooth, contoured chest that has a more natural male look. Dr. Boudreault simply makes an incision and removes the excess tissue from the breast, then shaping and tightening what remains.
  • Liposuction – Using a special device called a cannula, Dr. B vacuums excess fatty tissue directly out of the chest.

Results from Male Breast Tissue Reduction

You will have about 7-10 days of recovery time, after which you will begin to appreciate your new chest. You will probably notice the reduction in size right away, and you will see the full effects after all the bandages have been removed. Following the procedure, you should expect your clothes to fit better, you will look better, you should experience less social anxiety and may have a noticeable boost in self-confidence.

Treatment for Gynecomastia in Palo Alto, California

At Illuminate Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on changing the lives of a wide range of patients, whether they are male or female, old or young or have challenging skin types or conditions. If you are in the Palo Alto area and tired of dealing with an embarrassing excess of male breast tissue, let us help! Make an appointment today by calling 650.433.8621 or submitting your information via the form below.


* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.

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