What is gynecomastia?

It can be caused by a hormonal imbalance, the use of steroids, or from medications containing estrogen. In most cases, we don’t know the cause. This reduction surgery by our board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Center offers men the opportunity to achieve a masculine chest by removing any excess breast fat or glandular tissue. Most of the time, we use BodyTite and SAFE lipo to remove the excess and tighten the skin. If there is still nodularity, a small incision is made at the base of the areola to remove it. Men who are overweight are encouraged to lose weight prior to undergoing this surgery. If you have overly large male breasts, the relief you can achieve with this surgery can be life changing.

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At Austin PSI, our surgeons are widely recognized for their outstanding skills, experience, and understanding of the male perspective. If you are tired of feeling less confident due to an excess of breast tissue, you can be confident that your procedure will be performed with precision, with the goal of creating an upper chest you feel confident revealing at the beach or pool. We understand that discretion is important, and we ensure you are comfortable, from start to finish.

Should I have male breast reduction?

If you are one of the many men who feel less confident due to excessively large breasts and would never consider going shirtless, male breast reduction in Austin can bring you a dramatic change in your confidence. The surgery can address all the problems associated with larger male breasts, including:

  • Feeling less confident when shirtless.
  • Avoiding certain activities due to embarrassment.
  • Hearing jokes about your body from other men.
  • Never able to wear tighter shirts with confidence.
  • Feeling less confident at the pool, beach, or in intimacy.
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What is the surgery?

Breast reduction surgery for men is done through a special technique of BodyTite and SAFE liposuction. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require SAFE liposuction to attain good results. This is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made around the areola (intra-areolar). This allows access for a suction device to move through the chest and remove fat and tissue. In severe gynecomastia cases, a much larger resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. This includes nipple grafting and may require a staged surgery. This severe form is very uncommon.

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How long does male breast reduction take?

All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about one and a half hours. The excess fat, skin, and glandular tissue will be removed, and the upper chest flattened to create the classic masculine look. 

After surgery

Following gynecomastia treatment in Austin, it is normal to expect some swelling. A compression garment will need to be worn for one to two weeks. You should be able to resume your work or other activities in about a week and return to exercise or sports in about 2-3 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.

Male breast reduction FAQs

Will this help my pecs?

Every man is born with some soft tissue covering his pectoralis muscles. When this breast tissue overgrows into larger breasts, the pecs are often hidden. Through male breast reduction surgery, the excessive tissue is removed so the natural contour and shape of the chest wall can be seen. Men who wish to tone and strengthen their chest muscles will have equal opportunity to do so. Strength training will help lead to optimal results once this tissue has been removed.

Is liposuction always needed?

In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using a combination of BodyTite for skin tightening and SAFE liposuction. Some are less invasive and can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.

What about scarring?

Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed around or near the areola and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.

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