Ask Dr. Whiteman: What to Expect From Male Breast Reduction

Everyone wants to feel confident in the way they look. However, for many men, this can be a challenge thanks to gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a condition where excess glandular tissue in the chest area creates the appearance of male breast enlargement, sometimes referred to as “man boobs.” Instead of focusing too much on the effects of gynecomastia, I wanted to use this blog post to highlight male breast reduction, a proven surgical solution to gynecomastia. I was happy to answer a few common questions about male breast reduction procedures that I have received from my patients during consultation appointments.

Question #1: How can I tell If I need male breast reduction or liposuction?

This is a very common discussion that I have with patients during plastic surgery consultations for gynecomastia. Liposuction can help some men who experience enlargement in the chest area due to excess fat. However, true gynecomastia cannot be treated with liposuction and will require male breast reduction surgery since it is caused by excess tissue in the area. In some cases, both procedures can be combined if that is what the patient requires.  

Question #2: What should I look for when selecting a plastic surgeon to perform my male breast reduction?

Selecting the right plastic surgeon to perform your male breast reduction procedures is obviously a very important decision. I recommend starting by making sure your plastic surgeon is board-certified as a plastic surgeon (not a cosmetic surgeon). Additionally, confirm they have extensive experience working with male patients and ask to see gynecomastia before and after photos from their previous patients before making your decision.

Question #3: Is there an age restriction for men interested in undergoing male breast reduction surgery?

Male breast reduction is intended to help men of all ages. However, it’s important to remember that many adolescents and teenage boys experience some degree of breast enlargement due to hormone fluctuation during puberty. This can often subside naturally. This is why I often recommend for younger men who are interested in this procedure to wait before deciding to undergo surgery. 

I have performed countless male breast reduction procedures through the years and remain amazed at the emotional and psychological impact this surgery can have on male plastic surgery patients. For more information on gynecomastia and male breast reduction, contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery to set up a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok for additional tips, news, photos, and more.