How Long aftermale breast reductiondoes it take for Nipple Swelling to go down and Return to Normal Size?

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Nowadays, more men are choosing to undergo breast reduction to deal with the embarrassing problem of gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts. Gynecomastia may be due to several factors including hormonal imbalances, and certain medications.  Breast reduction is a simple procedure, but there is some post-op swelling to deal with. How long after male breast reduction does it take for nipple swelling to go down and return to normal size?

Male breast reduction Surgery
Breast reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure that may involve liposuction,direct excision, or a combination of both. If the enlarged male breasts are the result of too much fatty tissue, liposuction is done to remove the excess fat. However, if the problem is largely due to surplus glandular tissue then the surplus tissue is excised. Patients should be at a stable weight before considering breast reduction surgery.

How long does nipple swelling take to go down?
Bruising and swelling is normal after male breast reduction surgery, and the nipples may lookeven bigger after the stitches are removed. The bruising can take 3-4 weeks to resolve, but the swelling may take longer. A compression garment is usually worn after surgery to help minimize the swelling. Despite this, it can take up to 6 months before the swelling of the nipples goes down completely.

Clients in Santa Clara County can contact Illuminate Plastic Surgery, Palo Alto, CA, for more information on male breast reduction.

Call 650-433-8621 today to set up a consultation with Dr. David Boudreault. Dr. Boudreault will conduct a physical examination and discuss the procedures with you, and then determine which would be more suitable for your specific situation.

How to get rid of ‘man boobs’ and improve your chest

How to get rid of 'man boobs' and improve your chest

Some men have excess flab in the chest area that resembles female breasts, hence the nickname ‘man boobs.’ However, men with the condition are often self-conscious and embarrassed, and some become desperate to find out how to get rid of their ‘male boobs.’ However male breast reduction surgery makes it possible to shrink them to a more normal size.


Enlarged male breasts also known as clinical gynecomastia, is normally due to a hormonal imbalance. This imbalance between estrogen (female hormone) and testosterone usually has its onset during puberty. There are times when estrogen levels in adolescent boys far exceed testosterone levels. While this generally corrects itself naturally, if it persists, it can lead to the growth of breast tissue.

Breast Reduction surgery for Men

The increasing demand for male breast reduction surgery is an indication that men are feeling more confident about dealing with gynecomastia.

The technique used to treat gynecomastia depends on whether the condition is caused by excess fatty tissue, and/or glandular tissue. If there is excess glandular tissue then this is removed surgically. In cases where the breasts are made up of mostly fatty tissue, liposuction is used to break up and suction out the fat.

Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed on an outpatient basis, at a recognized surgical facility.


The typical recovery period is 7 to 9 days, but the swelling and bruising may linger after this time. It may take up to 6 weeks to see the final results.

For more information on how to get rid of ‘man boobs’, contact Dr. Sean Doherty at Boston Plastic Surgery Specialists. Please call 978-369-4499 to set up an appointment with Dr. Doherty, or contact him via the web at