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If you are a man considering male breast reduction, you are not alone. About half of all men are affected by gynecomastia. At our office, we regularly perform male breast reduction in Long Beach to address oversized male breasts and create a more masculine chest.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a Greek term that roughly translates to “woman-like breasts.” Hormonal changes such as puberty, certain medications, and some medical problems can cause the condition. In most cases, both breasts are affected, but it can sometimes affect just one breast.

Ideal Candidates

Before performing gynecomastia correction, Dr. Hicks will need to rule out certain possible causes of the condition. If your breasts are enlarged due to a medical condition or medications, this underlying cause must be addressed.

Steroid use, cancer, thyroid disorders, and liver disease can all cause gynecomastia. Young men may find that the condition resolves itself once their hormones have stabilized after puberty. Men who are obese will be advised to diet and exercise before undergoing any surgery.

Fully grown, healthy, emotionally stable men of any age are good candidates for gynecomastia surgery. If you feel self-conscious about your appearance and avoid certain social situations as a result of gynecomastia, you may be an ideal candidate.

Correcting gynecomastia

Breast reduction surgery for men corrects gynecomastia by removing excess fat and/or glandular tissue, as well as any excess skin, creating a flat, firm chest with manly contours.

Excess breast tissue may consist of fat, glandular tissue, or both. Dr. Hicks will examine your breasts to determine which procedure or combination of procedures will produce the best results.

  • Excess glandular tissue is excised with a scalpel
  • Excess fat is usually removed with liposuction
  • If a large amount of tissue is removed the excess skin will be removed as well to ensure proper contour after surgery
  • Gynecomastia correction may be performed under general anesthesia or under local anesthesia with sedation

Recovery

You should arrange for someone to drive you home after male breast reduction surgery and possibly to help out for a day or two. You will be sore for a few days and Dr. Hicks will prescribe pain medication. You should get up and walk around the day after surgery, and you may be able to return to work as soon as one or two days after the procedure.

  • For the first week or two, you will wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and speed healing.
  • You should avoid any heavy activity or exercise for about three weeks, and avoid any activity which might result in a blow to the chest for one month.
  • Swelling may not fully subside for up to three months.
  • The incisions should be protected from the sun for at least six months to prevent discoloration and excessive visibility of scars.

Get more familiar with breast reduction for men by viewing our Before and After Gallery.

How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Cost?

The cost of gynecomastia surgery is determined in part by the exact techniques that must be employed. Additionally, price is impacted by factors such as the amount of tissue removed, total surgical time, and anesthesia fees.

Set Up a Consultation

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Hicks in Beverly Hills, Long Beach, or Los Angeles, California, to determine if you are a good candidate for gynecomastia. During your consultation Dr. Hicks will evaluate your unique body type and desired results, explain all your treatment options, discuss the outcome you can realistically expect, and answer any questions you may have.

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