Gynecomastia, or male breast reduction, is a common procedure that removes excess fat and gland from the male chest to leave a more sculpted and masculine appearance. All men have some amount of breast gland, and most men develop some excess gland that is visible at some point in life. This may be the result of hormonal changes or medications. The excess gland may resolve once the hormonal changes are over or medications stopped, but sometimes the gland remains and surgery may be required to remove it.
Regardless of the reason, our team of board-certified plastic surgeons can draft a surgical plan that is tailored to your specific needs and individual desires. Visit or call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Reston, VA to learn more about how this procedure can create the sculpted look you want.
Since excess breast tissue can be caused by medical conditions other than gynecomastia, a board-certified medical physician should confirm the cause before treatment. Ideal candidates will have:
- A healthy body weight
- Visible and palpable breast gland
- Good skin elasticity
- Overall good health
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"Dr. Byron Poindexter is absolutely the best!!!!!Though I was super anxious to the point I was shaking- his smile, positive attitude, and comforting spirit made me feel so much better within minutes!! He’s a true artist, with a compassionate heart- I felt very cared for as a patient! He called my family later on the same day of surgery to make sure everything is okay, and asked if I needed anything- which was very sweet and thoughtful of him! I am truly thankful to find him, I am definitely recommending him to all of my family, friends and coworkers! Also, Jill in the operation room was super sweet, funny, and very kind! This was a truly marvelous experience! Jennifer from anesthesia was very reassuring, and lovely!!"- O.A. / Facebook / Jan 26, 2018
What to Expect
Male breast reduction surgery usually involves a combination of surgical tissue removal and liposuction. During the procedure, liposuction is done to sculpt the chest and more easily visualize any excess gland. The gland is then surgically removed. An incision around the areola may be required.
In men with excess skin of the chest, some degree of skin removal may also be required. Your surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation.
After the surgery, patients will have their chest bandaged and be placed in a compression vest that should be worn at all times. Patients should rest and move their upper body as little as possible for the first few days. Most patients can return to work within a week and can resume exercise including chest workouts by 3 weeks. Our office will go over specific aftercare instructions and any prescribed medication in detail for optimal recovery.
Results from gynecomastia surgery are visible on day one, but swelling sets in soon after and this takes several weeks to resolve. Post op photographs are taken around 3 months to see the final result. If there is any loose skin, it can continue to tighten for 6 – 12 months afterward. The results of male breast reduction surgery are typically permanent as long as the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle and weight and no offending medications are re-started.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,600 - $7,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Weeks
A Confidently Contoured Chest
lf you avoid activities like swimming, sports, and exercise because of gynecomastia, schedule a consultation to learn more about male breast reduction surgery and how it can help you. Treating gynecomastia can improve your appearance, confidence, and activity level.