Male Breast Reduction

Minimally-invasive and surgical male breast reductions in Nashville & Memphis

What Is a Male Breast Reduction?

A male breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure to reduce enlarged male breasts. Most often, this can be accomplished with minimally-invasive liposuction alone. In some cases, a surgical procedure – also called gynecomastia surgery – to remove excess glandular tissue and/or reshape deformities is necessary. Please also see Female Breast Reduction.

Learn which type of breast reduction is best suited for you by setting up a personal consultation. Both plastic surgeons at our NuBody Concepts cosmetic surgery centers in Nashville and Memphis are board-certified with over 25 years of experience. Whether you are looking for a non-surgical or surgical male breast reduction, we encourage you to meet with our plastic surgeon to discuss your options. Simply select a date from our Nashville or Memphis calendar to self-schedule your consultation!

Each patient is unique. Our plastic surgeon will meet with you in a consultation to develop a personalized treatment plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Enlarged male breasts can be caused by weight gain. Losing weight with overall with diet and exercise will also reduce the volume of breast tissue. For candidates who have tried diet and exercise, a male breast reduction is one option to reduce enlarged male breasts further. There are several minimally-invasive options, and for stubborn breast tissue a procedure using surgical excision of tissue might be necessary. Learn about the types of male breast reductions.

A male breast reduction is designed to be permanent, especially if you have excess tissue and skin surgically removed. If your procedure is done by liposuction, the fat cells are also permanently removed, but it is not a guarantee against new fat cells accumulating if you don’t maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

If you are affected physically and psychologically by your enlarged male breasts, are in relatively good health, and have realistic expectations for the procedure’s results, you are a candidate for a male breast reduction. A personal consultation with a plastic surgeon will help you determine the scope of your procedure.

There are two ways you can have enlarged male breasts reduced: Either by surgery, or by liposuction (which can be enhanced by adding skin tightening with Renuvion or BodyTite). Often, liposuction is sufficient and no surgery is needed, avoiding the scars and recovery time associated with it. Liposuction is a minimally-invasive procedure with patients able to return to regular activities the next day as tolerated. If you have a lot of excess skin due to aging or recent weight loss, a surgical removal may be necessary. Read more about how male breasts can be reduced without surgery.

Most male breast reductions can be achieved with a minimally-invasive procedure such as liposuction or RFAL skin tightening. It is given under local anesthesia so that the patient is fully awake but doesn’t feel the discomfort from the wand being moved under his skin. Should you need glandular excision in addition to the fat removal, your surgeon may opt for IV sedation in addition to the local anesthesia. In either case you won’t feel any discomfort during the procedure.

Neither liposuction nor skin tightening procedures leave permanent scars. They only require very small incisions for a wand to be inserted under the skin, and those typically heal within a few weeks without leaving any marks. Surgical excision does require sutures – however, they are typically very small for male breast reductions. In addition, the stitches are typically well hidden around the areola so that they become near invisible over time.

For patients under the age of 18 who suffer from severe gynecomastia, some insurance plans may cover male breast reduction surgery. In patients over the age of 18, male breast reduction is considered a purely cosmetic procedure that is not covered by insurance. Plastic surgeons typically offer no-interest 12- or 24-month financing plans that help spread out the cost. Learn more about financing your male breast reduction surgery.

Depending on your body type and which type of breast reduction you need, you may be back to normal within 1-2 days after the procedure. Liposuction patients typically return back to regular activities as tolerated the next day. Surgical patients require 3-5 days of recovery and are advised to wait 2 weeks before resuming strenuous exercise or heavy lifting. Learn more about recovering from a male breast reduction.

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