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Male Breast Reduction

The ideal male chest is sculpted, toned, and muscular. Shirtless men in magazines further promote this as the epitome of masculinity. For many men, this is unattainable, even with consistent and targeted exercise. Gynecomastia is a condition that presents as overly large breasts in men, and these feminine-looking breasts on their chest are not easily addressed with diet and exercise. Gynecomastia is characterized by excess fat and glandular tissue that can be brought on by hormones, medication, or alcohol and drug abuse. Another form of this condition known as pseudogynecomastia is characterized by excess chest fat and may be caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices or a genetic predisposition to excess fat stores.
Dr. Boll can address both forms of gynecomastia with surgery to restore a more masculine chest when diet, exercise, and other underlying causes have been addressed but are unable to reduce the appearance of large male breasts.

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What Gynecomastia Surgery Can Achieve

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Gynecomastia Options

For men who have excess fat in their chest (and skin that has retained its elasticity), liposuction is the best option. During this procedure, Dr. Boll will make small incisions at designated treatment sites, and she will insert a cannula through those incisions. With the cannula, she will gently and precisely suction out the excess fat while also contouring the chest.
If the cause of the problem is excess glandular tissue, then it must be excised. Dr. Boll will make incisions along the base of the breast and remove the glandular tissue that causes the increased breast size. If necessary, she will also gently tighten the skin over the underlying muscle to avoid lax skin afterward.
It may be necessary to combine both procedures if there is an excess amount of skin laxity after the removal of any fat deposits or glandular tissue. Dr. Boll will be able to evaluate the specific needs of each patient to determine if a combination procedure is necessary.

Concerns

Recovery

Recovery time will vary based on the severity of the condition and the required procedure. Common side effects after gynecomastia surgery include swelling, bruising, and some discomfort and pain. These are all temporary and should resolve soon after the procedure. Dr. Boll will provide a compression garment to be worn after surgery to minimize the risk of complications and promote healing. She will also provide aftercare instructions that should be followed closely.

Immediately after surgery, it is advised that you rest and not perform strenuous activities. Most patients return to work within a week or two. More strenuous activities (such as exercise) should be avoided until cleared by Dr. Boll.

Scars

Every effort is made to make incision sites hidden so that the resulting scar is as unnoticeable as possible. In certain instances, noticeable scarring may result but will fade over time. The ability of a scar to fade depends on factors such as the body’s ability to heal itself.

Cost

Surgical costs vary depending on factors specific to your procedure. During your pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Boll will provide a clear estimate of the costs related to your surgery. Additionally, there are financing and prepayment options available.

Pain

Pain is a typical side effect of gynecomastia surgery. The intensity of your pain will depend on the specific conditions addressed in your procedure. Dr. Boll will provide you with ways to minimize your discomfort. If you feel that your pain is disproportionate to your procedure, please contact us immediately.

"Excellent – pre-surgery instructions, discussion of best procedure for me.

Post- surgery attention was outstanding, I felt completely comfortable in Dr. Boll’s care; and I am 68, never having surgery before."
May 8, 2017

"Dr. Boll, I can’t thank you enough

For the care you have given to me. You have changed my life in ways you can never imagine. What a gift you have. Thank you."
June 26, 2017

"Dr. Boll, you have changed my life!

Thank you! You have a gift. My spirits have been lifted because of your talent. I want to also thank your staff for their kindness and professionalism. You have created a very welcoming office."
May 8, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Results of gynecomastia surgery are typically long lasting but depend on your commitment to living a healthy lifestyle. Both forms of gynecomastia can be caused by lifestyle choices such as diet, drinking, drugs, or a lack of exercise. Resuming these activities after your gynecomastia surgery will increase the likelihood of a recurrence. Significant weight gain afterwards can cause recurrence of contour abnormalities.
All surgical procedures have risks associated with them, including:
  • Poor reaction to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Contour asymmetries
Following the aftercare instructions provided by Dr. Boll will help to minimize these, and other, risks.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Boll performs gynecomastia surgery with a board-certified anesthesiologist to monitor all patients.
Dr. Boll will provide a list of pre-operative care instructions. Following these instructions will help maximize your surgical results while minimizing your risks. Most importantly, smoking should be discontinued at least six weeks prior to your procedure. Smoking inhibits blood flow throughout the body which can slow the healing process. She will also provide a list of medications that should be avoided prior to surgery.