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Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Treatment Time 2-4 Hours Patient Downtime 7-10 Days Treatment Series 1 Procedure Type Outpatient

WHAT IS A MALE BREAST REDUCTION (GYNECOMASTIA)?

An enlargement of male breast tissue, known scientifically as gynecomastia, may seem to be a rarity, but in fact, it affects over half of all men. Gynecomastia is an overdevelopment of breast tissue that can occur at puberty or secondary to various environmental factors like Steroid or marijuana use. Many male patients present with a fear of taking their shirt off in public or of intimacy. A male breast reduction is a procedure designed to reduce the size of a man’s breasts, giving him a flatter, more natural-looking chest. If you think you are a candidate for male breast reduction, Illuminate can help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Palo Alto facility with Dr. David Boudreault.

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HOW IS A GYNECOMASTIA PERFORMED?

The male breast reduction procedure can work in a very similar fashion to a female breast reduction, in which the doctor makes an incision to remove excess fatty tissue from the breast. In some cases, the approach to male breast reduction is to perform liposuction on the chest area but may receive a combination of surgical excision and liposuction. Whichever approach we take, the result can be a smooth, contoured chest that is masculine and flattering to your body. Dr. Boudreult will consult with you to determine the best approach for your procedure.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A GYNECOMASTIA PROCEDURE?

When you come to Illuminate for male breast reduction for your gynecomastia, Dr. B will perform the procedure while you are under general anesthesia at our AAAASF surgery center. He will make incisions on the border of the dark skin around the nipple or directly through the nipple. For either technique chosen specifically for each case, these incisions will be hidden and barely noticeable or not noticeable at all. He will remove the breast tissue and reshape the remaining fat to create a flatter, more contoured chest, consistent with the male anatomy. The whole process usually takes about two hours.

HOW LONG IS RECOVERY TIME FROM A GYNECOMASTIA PROCEDURE?

It takes about 7-10 days to recover from gynecomastia surgery. You may feel tired and sore and there may be some post-op discomfort. You will be wearing a compression vest and want to avoid any strenuous activity and limit aggressive movement for 4 weeks after surgery.  You will also need someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours to monitor your recovery.

WHAT DOES A MALE BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE TREAT?

The male breast reduction procedure treats gynecomastia, a condition where a man’s breasts are enlarged to a level out of proportion with the rest of the body. There are a few levels of gynecomastia from minor to severe, depending on the degree of enlargement and sag in the breast. The male breast reduction procedure not only can give you a more streamlined physical appearance, but it can also reduce your likelihood of suffering from some of these associated health conditions.

HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Because the area treated will be covered in bandages to protect it and because there may be some swelling or bruising, you may not fully be able to appreciate all the results right away. However, there is a good likelihood you will immediately notice having a smaller chest and may even find that breathing or back problems have subsided. Once you have recovered from any swelling and all bandages removed, you will notice a difference right away.

HOW MUCH DOES A MALE BREAST REDUCTION PROCEDURE COST?

The usual cost of a male breast reduction procedure ranges $6000 to $10000, depending upon the level of breast reduction and the techniques used. Sometimes patients opt for additional treatments, such as liposuction to other areas, at the same time, which would increase the cost. If you would like to break up the payments for your nipple/ areola reduction into smaller monthly increments, we are happy to offer flexible payment plans through CareCredit and Alphaeon. Many of our patients will choose to apply for credit cards with longer terms at 0% interest, so you can enjoy your results soon without the immediate financial burden upfront.

CONCERNS TREATED


“I had my Brazilian Butt Lift in 2017 with Dr. Boudreault and I couldn’t be any happier with my results. My butt and hips look SO natural – my only regret was not doing it sooner!”*

Brazilian Butt Lift Patient

“I fully trust Dr. B and will go to him for all my procedures. He really cares about his clients and their results.”*

Med Spa Patient

“The day after my surgery when the garment came off, I almost cried. Dr. B exceeded my expectations and gave me an even BETTER body than I had imagined.”*

Brazilian Butt Lift Patient

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