R. Scott Haupt, M.D.

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Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reductions – also called gynecomastia reduction – are rarely talked about, but fairly common. Many men have large, breast-shaped tissue on their chest. It can be an embarrassing problem, but removing the tissue is actually a fairly straightforward procedure.

There are many reasons why men develop breasts. The most common causes are obesity and genetics – although in many cases the cause is simply unknown. Before male breast reduction surgery is performed, we ask that the underlying cause – if identifiable - be alleviated first, i.e., through drug cessation, weight loss, etc. If that does not reduce the breasts, surgery can then be performed. There are several options for small prominence under the areola. 

An incision is made in an inconspicuous area, such as the areola. Then the excessive tissue is removed. With a fatty component, as in some cases, this involves liposuction and or tissue removal. In more severe cases, excess skin is also removed.

The end result is a flatter, more contoured chest. Most breast reduction patients experience soreness for a few weeks. Patients are instructed to stay away from any activity that might result in stress or trauma to the chest for at least four weeks. A compression vest may also be used.

At Utah Cosmetic Surgery, we understand the sensitive nature of male breast reduction surgery. We offer free, confidential consultations where we will listen to your concerns answer your questions and explain your options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

If you are a male who is self-conscious of the appearance of your chest, or are uncomfortable in situations that might require you to remove your shirt, you would be a good candidate. Having this procedure done can give you a more normal physique. 

Who is the ideal candidate for male breast reduction?

The ideal candidate for male breast reduction:

  • Is in good general health
  • Is at or near ideal weight
  • Understands the risks and benefits of the procedure
  • Has realistic expectations


What are the risks of male breast reduction surgery?

Infection, a blood collection, loss of skin or an accumulation of fluid. Rarely recurrence or an irregularity can occur that needs to be adjusted. 

How long will it take before I can return to my normal activities?

Most patients can resume normal activities in about seven days. You can resume exercising within about two weeks. You might be restricted as to lifting, pushing and pulling because your muscles will be bruised. Most patients will return to work within a couple days.