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Gynecomastia? We Answer All Your Questions About Breast Reduction for Men

Gynecomastia Breast Reduction for Men

Research estimates that approximately 65 percent of adult men develop gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement. A male breast reduction procedure is the most effective known treatment for gynecomastia. This cosmetic surgery removes excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a flatter, firmer and more masculine contour to the chest.

Symptoms of gynecomastia

Gynecomastia causes the following signs and symptoms:

If you’re experiencing pain, swelling, discharge, or serious tenderness, it’s a good idea to see a specialist like Dr. Elias, who is experienced in male breast reduction.

Causes of gynecomastia

Both men and women produce the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Men produce more testosterone, and women produce more estrogen. An imbalance of these hormones in men can lead to gynecomastia.

Estrogen makes breast tissue grow, while testosterone halts the growth of breast tissue. Researchers don’t know if there is one single cause of gynecomastia, but they have identified several risk factors, including:

Surgery for gynecomastia

Depending on the cause, some men may be able to reduce or eliminate gynecomastia by exercising and losing weight. Some men may also find certain medications or hormone interventions, such as testosterone replacement, to be an effective treatment option.

However, most men need surgery when a significant case of gynecomastia is present. Dr. Elias can perform gynecomastia surgery in two main ways: liposuction or excision.


Liposuction removes excess fatty tissue by suctioning body fat out of the treatment area. Dr. Elias performs liposuction by inserting a tube into a small incision made near or on your breast. He may make the incision near your areola (the dark skin that surrounds your nipple), at the bottom of your breast, or near your armpit.


Excision refers to cutting out tissue with a scalpel. Dr. Elias performs excisions to remove excess glandular tissue, rather than fat.

Dr. Elias may perform both procedures if you have a lot of excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin.

After surgery, your chest will likely be bruised and swollen, and you’ll need to wear a compression garment for a few weeks to help the recovery process. Recovery time varies slightly from person to person, but you can expect to return to your normal routine at about six weeks after the procedure.

Treatment for gynecomastia

Undergoing liposuction, excision, or a combination of the two is often the best answer for addressing gynecomastia. Dr. Elias is extensively experienced in reducing male breast size to create a more masculine appearance.

The first step to treating gynecomastia is calling Dr. Elias in Sherman Oaks, California, or scheduling an appointment online for a consultation.

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