Gynecomastia is a condition in men where the breast tissue grows too large, resulting in an appearance of female-like breasts. Male breast reduction surgery removes the excess tissue and reshapes the chest to give it a masculine look. In many cases, puffy nipples and large areolas are corrected as well.
More than 27,000 male breast reduction surgeries are performed each year. Clients seek gynecomastia surgery because they dislike the look of their chest and want to have an appearance more in line with their gender. In some cases, it is combined with other surgeries, such as a tummy tuck for men who have had significant weight loss.
To find out if you are a male breast reduction surgery candidate, contact us to schedule your consultation.
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- Stephen Davis is a highly trained plastic surgeon with certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Our practice has been helping Nashville clients reach their body goals for over two decades.
- We are focused on your comfort and safety at all steps of your journey, from planning to aftercare.
Is Male Breast Reduction Right for You?
Before resorting to surgery, potential clients should ensure that they cannot address gynecomastia with other medical treatments. Since the condition can be caused by a hormonal imbalance, this should be looked into as well.
Candidates for male breast reduction surgery should be in overall good health and be at or near their ideal weight. Their breast development needs to be stabilized to ensure there is not more growth post-surgery. Ideally, the client will be finished growing, though this surgery can be done on adolescents as well.
Reasons to consider male breast reduction surgery include:
- Wanting to be more confident in your appearance
- Seeking to align your look properly with your gender
- Being able to be shirtless without embarrassment
- Getting to wear fitted clothes again without worrying about highlighting your chest
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During Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery
Dr. Davis performs male breast reduction surgery at The Atrium, a specialty operating facility at Centennial Hospital. General anesthesia will be used for this surgery. Gynecomastia surgery usually takes around 2 and a half hours. Most clients go home the same day as the procedure. Make sure you arrange adequate transportation after your surgery as you will not be able to drive yourself home.
Male Breast Reduction Recovery
Bandages will be applied to your incisions and elastic bandages or special garments used to minimize swelling and promote healing. You may need to have drains placed to help remove excess blood and fluids.
You will need to rest for about a week after surgery. During this time, take care not to use your chest muscles or strain your body. After about 2 weeks, you will be able to resume moderate activity. Most clients will return to their typical routines at 6 weeks post-surgery. However, keep in mind that this is different for everyone. Listen to your body and Dr. Davis’ post-procedure guidelines.
Male Breast Reduction Results
You may notice a difference right away, but it will take time to be able to see what your chest will look like. Although individual healing times vary, the majority of swelling and bruising should fade about 6 weeks after surgery, with continued improvements for up to 6 months.
Male Breast Reduction FAQs
The average cost of male breast reduction is roughly $4,000, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This does not include associated costs such as anesthesia, facility fees and post-surgical garments. If you are concerned about making male breast reduction surgery fit within your budget, ask us about our financing options.
Most breast reduction surgeries are performed on women, not men. Make certain that any surgeon you are considering is experienced with male breast reduction specifically. From there, sit down with potential doctors to discuss the procedure and select the one that makes you feel comfortable and in control.
We will give you a comprehensive list of instructions to help you prepare for surgery. This will include blood work, stopping bad habits and fasting prior to your procedure. If you have any questions about surgery prep, do not hesitate to ask us.