Welcome to the Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery located in Thousand Oaks, if you have been contemplating male breast reduction surgery, stay with us for valuable insights. Excessive male breast tissue also referred to as gynecomastia can create a negative impact on the patient’s self-esteem, fortunately outpatient surgical procedures to address the condition can achieve real results. Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will provide a better understanding of male breast reduction surgery and the transformative possibilities it offers. 

What Causes Enlarged Breast Tissue in Men? 

Enlarged breast tissue is common in adolescent males during puberty when estrogen and testosterone levels are naturally shifting. In most cases, this type of gynecomastia resolves on its own. However, if gynecomastia persists beyond the age of 18 or into early adulthood, it is unlikely to diminish without treatment.  

Other potential causes include the use of certain medications, underlying medical conditions, obesity, diet, and lifestyle factors. Determining the specific cause of gynecomastia and the appropriate treatment requires a medical evaluation to rule out underlying medical conditions. 

What Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?  

Male breast reduction surgery, also known as gynecomastia surgery, is a procedure designed to reduce enlarged breast tissue in men. It is typically recommended for individuals who have developed enlarged or feminine-looking nipples and/or excess breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia. 

How Is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed? 

Gynecomastia surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under local or sedation anesthesia, for some patient’s liposuction to remove excess fat may be effective enough. In some cases of gynecomastia where firmer glandular tissue and fat causes an outward projection of the areola and surrounding area, discreet incisions under the arm or around the areolas for tissue removal may be necessary. 

What Is the Recovery Like After Male Breast Reduction Surgery? 

Recovery and downtime following gynecomastia surgery varies for each patient depending on the details of their procedure. Aftercare instructions may include wearing a compression garment to reduce swelling and support the healing process. Most patients can return to light activities within a week or two, with more strenuous exercises gradually resumed over several weeks.  

Are There Any Risks or Complications Associated with Male Breast Reduction Surgery?  

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, however, these risks are minimized when the surgery is performed by a skilled and experienced plastic surgeon. 

How Long Do the Results of Male Breast Reduction Surgery Last?  

Patients can enjoy their improved chest contour for years to come, provided that a stable weight is maintained and factors contributing to gynecomastia are addressed.  

How Do I Determine if Male Breast Reduction Surgery is Right for me?  

The best way to determine if this surgery is suitable for you is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.  

Contact Us for More Information 

Thank you for visiting Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery, our board-certified surgeons, Gil Kryger, MD and Zol Kryger, MD, are committed to helping individuals make informed decisions when considering an aesthetic procedure. Begin your path to a more masculine physique with a consultation for male breast reduction surgery in Thousand Oaks—contact Kryger Institute of Plastic Surgery today.