Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Excess breast tissue and fat in men can lead to both psychological and physical discomfort. Gynecomastia surgery (or male breast reduction) can reduce the appearance of the excess skin and fat while creating a more masculine, youthful contour.

Why Choose Careaga Plastic Surgery?

Careaga Plastic Surgery offers an immaculate and serene setting with cutting-edge technology suited for your cosmetic surgery needs. Additionally, the dedicated staff at Careaga Plastic Surgery are highly professional with an abundance of experience in the beautification industry. Dr. Daniel Careaga has acquired years of higher education, which is reflected in his fruitful and extensive career as a plastic surgeon. He understands the cosmetic enhancement desires of male patients and has helped hundreds of men achieve a more masculine appearance.

Gynecomastia Surgery Can:

Gynecomastia Surgery Options

Gynecomastia develops for a number of reasons including hormonal changes, weight gain, heredity, and the use of steroids and other body-enhancing drugs. Depending on the cause for your gynecomastia, there are multiple techniques offered at Careaga Plastic Surgery. The male breast reduction procedure can consist of a surgical method, liposuction, or a combination of both.

  • Ideal for men with excess breast tissue due to steroid use and hormonal changes
  • Surgically removes dense fibrous tissue in the chest area
  • Incisions will be hidden for minimal appearance of scars
  • Removes excess fat in chest area
  • Only a small incision is needed
  • Minimal scarring
  • Faster recovery time
  • Ultrasound breaks up glandular tissue
  • Allows contouring of entire chest


Recovery will depend on the type of gynecomastia surgery performed. Compression garments will be required in the days following surgery to minimize swelling and promote proper healing. For gynecomastia surgery using liposuction, patients can traditionally return to work after two to three days, sometimes longer if the job is strenuous. When undergoing the surgical method, at least one week off of work will be recommended for a non-strenuous job. For both techniques, men should be cautious about any stress to the chest and arm areas. During your consultation, Dr. Careaga will discuss what you can expect during your recovery.
Regardless of the technique used, there will be some scarring around either the areola (for the excision method) or at the liposuction site. Dr. Careaga tries to place these incisions in discreet locations to minimize the appearance of the scars. Scars will fade with time.
The cost of gynecomastia surgery will vary depending on the technique used, anesthesia fees, doctor fees, and geographical location. Dr. Careaga will provide a cost estimate during your consultation.
This is an outpatient procedure performed under anesthesia to prevent pain. After the surgery, you may experience some discomfort and swelling. This can be alleviated with oral pain medication.


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Frequently Asked Questions

While gynecomastia can be the result of excess fat in the chest area, this localized fat often does not respond to exercise. If your gynecomastia is a result of excess tissue, the tissue will not respond to weight loss.
The results of gynecomastia surgery are long lasting provided that they are combined with a healthy diet and exercise routine. Additional use of steroids or other body-enhancing drugs may contribute to more tissue production.
Steroids convert to estrogen-like compounds in the body. This higher level of estrogen skews the ratio of testosterone to estrogen and leads to the production of excess breast tissue.
With any surgery, there are risks and possible complications, such as:
  • • Anesthesia risks
  • • Blood clots
  • • Breast asymmetry
  • • Changes in nipple sensation
  • • Infection
  • • Scarring
This condition can occur at any age for a number of reasons. Candidates should be in good general health and realistic about their results.


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