Male breast reduction surgery for the treatment of gynecomastia

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Some men are affected by overdeveloped breasts, a condition that is referred to as gynecomastia. Excess body fat in the chest is a problem that some men find very embarrassing, and they often go all out to get it treated. Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed to alleviate gynecomastia.

About Gynecomastia
The extra fatty tissue that some men have in the chest area is often due to overactive hormones during puberty. During these years a hormonal imbalance may occur, due to the rapid growth of breast tissue. However, if the situation does not resolve in a year or two it can persist into adulthood. Gynecomastia may be due to excess fat,excess glandular tissue, or both.

Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed to correct gynecomastia, but the approach used will depend on the underlying cause of the condition. In cases where gynecomastia is due primarily to fat, liposuction is done to remove the excess breast fat.

Liposuction for fat removal

  • Liposuction is typically performed under general anesthesia, and involves the use of a cannula, which is a small tube. The cannula is attached to a medical suction and is inserted via tiny incisions. The cannula is moved around in order to break up the fat deposits, the loose fat is then suctioned.


  • If gynecomastia is due mainly to glandular tissue, then excision is used to remove the tissue. In this instance an incision is made along the edge of the areola, and then the tissue is removed.

Recovery time for liposuction ranges from 5 to 7 days, but in the case of excision, recovery can take up to 2 weeks.

Dr. Sean Doherty of Boston Plastic Surgery Associates in Concord, MA,is a skilled surgeon that performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures, including male breast reduction surgery. If you are considering breast reduction then contact their office for a consultation.