Achieve a More Proportionate Chest with Male Breast Reduction Surgery

A man's hand on his chest.

Over-developed breast tissue in men is clinically known as gynecomastia. The condition is fairly common and can often make men feel self-conscious about their chest. Fortunately, gynecomastia can be treated with male breast reduction surgery. Dr. Roger Oldham in Bethesda, MD, can help men suffering from gynecomastia achieve a more masculine, proportionate chest. Dr. Oldham is a highly trained, board-certified cosmetic surgeon with a long-established reputation for providing the highest levels of care. To find out how male breast reduction surgery can bolster your body image, contact our practice today.

About Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia causes the development of excess fat and breast tissue in men. This condition may affect one side of the chest (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral). Certain medications, hormonal changes, genetics, and other factors can cause gynecomastia. Medical conditions that affect kidney and liver function can also contribute to male breast enlargement. If an underlying condition is found, it should be treated first. However, in many cases, no exact cause can be determined.

Men who are unable to reduce their breast size through diet, exercise, or other interventions, such as discontinuing the use of certain supplements, may be eligible for male breast reduction surgery. Men interested in breast reduction surgery should be at a stable weight, in good overall health, and have realistic expectations about the outcome of their procedure.

Factors that Determine Candidacy

If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your chest due to excess fat and tissue, you may be a good candidate for male breast reduction, especially if previous medical treatments have failed to produce the desired results. During your consultation, Dr. Oldham will perform an examination of your overall health to ensure there are no medical conditions that could place you at risk. In addition to being at a stable weight and in good overall health, patients who undergo male breast reduction should:

  • Not smoke or use tobacco products
  • Not consume alcohol in excess
  • Not smoke marijuana or use other recreational drugs
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Be over the age of 18

Patients who are overweight or unwilling to give up smoking and other recreational drugs may not qualify for this procedure due to the increased risk for complications.

How to Prepare for Surgery

Before surgery, Dr. Roger Oldham will meet with you to discuss the surgical procedure in detail, addressing any questions or concerns you may have. He will also review the list of medications and supplements you are currently taking and make adjustments as necessary. Certain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, can cause blood thinning and interfere with your body’s ability to heal.

Dr. Oldham will also provide you with pre-surgical instructions to encourage a smooth surgery. Instructions may include:

  • Arrange to have a friend or family member drive you to and from the procedure and stay with you during the first 24 hours.
  • Coordinate your work schedule to provide adequate time for rest and recuperation.
  • Avoid eating anything eight hours before the procedure.
  • On the day of surgery, wear comfortable clothing and avoid using lotions or creams.
  • Do not shave the chest for 1 week before the surgery.

The Surgical Process 

Male breast reduction surgery removes unwanted tissue and fat to improve definition in the treatment area. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis using a combination of general and local anesthesia. For patients with excess fat, Dr. Oldham may perform liposuction. After making small incisions in the chest area, he may insert an instrument called a cannula to gently suction away fat.

Dr. Oldham will ensure that the incisions made are discreetly placed to help minimize scarring and provide a flatter and more masculine physique.

For patients with excess skin and glandular tissue, Dr. Oldham will use excision techniques. After making an incision around the nipple, Dr. Oldham can remove glandular tissue. The nipple may also be repositioned for a more natural, balanced look. As the final step, excess skin will be removed and the incisions will be closed.

Recovery and Aftercare

During the recovery period, special bandages and dressings will be applied to the incisions. An elastic bandage or support garment may also be worn to enhance contouring and aid in healing. Dr. Oldham may prescribe medications to minimize discomfort. Patients will return to our office for follow-up visits. You will also receive specific instructions on caring for the surgical site to ensure your healing progresses free of complications.

Results You Can Expect

Dr. Oldham will ensure that the incisions made are discreetly placed to help minimize scarring and provide a flatter and more masculine physique. Although the results for each patient occur at varying times, most patients can expect to see their final results about three months after surgery, when all swelling has subsided. As long as you maintain a healthy and stable weight, your results should last for many years. Patients who struggle with weight gain after surgery run the risk of redeveloping excess fat in the chest area.

The Benefits and Risks

Male breast reduction surgery boasts a number of benefits:

  • A firmer chest with enhanced tone and contour
  • Improved symmetry between each side of the chest
  • Enhanced proportions
  • Significant boost in self-confidence

Just as with all surgical procedures, gynecomastia surgery carries some degree of risk including infection, bleeding, scarring, fluid accumulation, numbness, or altered sensation. The best way to reduce the incidence of complications and achieve the most flattering results is to choose an experienced and reputable plastic surgeon. Dr. Roger Oldham is a recognized leader in cosmetic surgery. He lectures widely on advanced techniques and has been named “Top Cosmetic Surgeon” in Washington, D.C. year after year by Washingtonian magazine.

Cost of Male Breast Reduction

The cost of male breast reduction differs from patient to patient and is based on a number of factors. Your cost will depend on the size of your breasts, how extensive the procedure is, the type of technique used, whether liposuction is required, and other factors. During your pre-surgical appointment, Dr. Oldham will provide a breakdown of the cost of surgery. Our practice offers both CareCredit® and MedicalFinancing™ for out of pocket costs not covered by insurance.

Schedule Your Consultation

To learn more about male breast reduction surgery or other cosmetic procedures for men, contact our practice today and schedule your personal consultation. Dr. Oldham can help you achieve a more masculine, proportionate chest and significantly improve your body image.

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