Is Male Breast-Reduction Surgery Really a Thing?

Aug 6, 2018

Yes, male breast reduction is really a “thing.” In technical terms, treating gynecomastia (the medical term for male breasts) with a surgical procedure (subcutaneous mastectomy) can be life changing for some men. Dealing with excess breast tissue, as a man, can be frustrating, embarrassing, and difficult. Fortunately, there are a couple of options for treating this condition.


When a man has excessive breast tissue, this condition is called gynecomastia. Men with gynecomastia have chests that appear significantly larger. Statistically speaking, gynecomastia affects 60% of the male population. It can affect one or both breasts.

There are many theories as to why gynecomastia occurs, but the exact cause is still unclear. The condition usually starts developing during puberty. It can also develop as a side effect of issues like obesity or an imbalance in endocrine levels. Certain medical conditions and certain drugs (steroids, marijuana, and alcohol) are also linked to the development of gynecomastia.

If any of these are the reason behind why you’ve developed this condition, surgery is not advised. Your best tactic would be to change the behavior that might be creating the issue. If you think it might be from an actual medical condition or medication, please consult with your physician before making any changes in your lifestyle and medication routine.

Your Options for Treating Gynecomastia

At Gayoso Plastic Surgery, there are two options for treating excessive breast tissue in men. The non-surgical option is CoolSculpting. This in-office procedure uses cryotherapy (freezing technology) to reduce the amount of fat in the male breast. This method may require more than a single session of CoolSculpting, and some breast tissue may be too dense to respond to cryotherapy.

A second option is surgery. Commonly referred to as male breast reduction, a subcutaneous mastectomy involves surgically removing the excessive glandular breast tissue and fat that has developed. This procedure is the most common and effective type of treatment for men who suffer from gynecomastia. If excessive skin is an issue as well, it can be addressed at the same surgical session.

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Are you interested in male breast-reduction surgery? Learn more by paying a visit to Dr. Antonio Gayoso. Dr. Gayoso is a skilled board-certified plastic surgeon with 20 years of experience. Contact our office today to schedule your informative consultation.

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