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Gynecomastia (Male Breast Reduction)

Gynecomastia is a term that originates from the Greek words for breasts that resemble the female form. In fact, 40-60% of men suffer from this condition. Many of these men feel self-conscious and tirelessly diet and exercise to no avail. This can affect a man’s self confidence, self esteem, and masculinity. Several known causes exist, including certain drugs, hormones, and physiologic conditions. If you suffer from this condition, Dr. Gerstle will help to eliminate potential causes, and help you to decide of male breast reduction surgery is an option for you.

To find out more about Male Breast Reduction at Lexington Plastic Surgery, PLLC, request a consultation or call (859) 279-2111.

Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

  • Creating a more masculine appearing chest

  • Improving self confidence in and out of clothing

  • Reduction in size of excessively large nipples

  • Removing excess breast tissue, glands and skin

What to expect

First, you and Dr. Gerstle will have a discreet and detailed discussion about your needs & expectations. On the day of surgery, Dr. Gerstle typically performs these procedures under a light general anesthetic in under two hours. The small incisions are made around the nipple area and usually heal without being noticeable. The procedure is done in an outpatient surgery center, after which you generally go home after about a few hours in the recovery area. Generally, the procedure includes liposculpture of the chest with or without an incision to remove excess skin.

After surgery, you will wear a compression vest to wear all day, every day for a week.  At the one week point, Dr. Gerstle will remove the vest to check your incisions, and if all looks well, the vest is replaced but can be removed for showering only. Most men are able to return to work after one week. Vigorous activity and sports can be resumed after 6 weeks.

FAQ about Male Breast Reduction

Will people be able to tell if I had surgery?

The chest area may experience some swelling after the surgery for about a month. Some men experience this swelling for up to six months. This is normal. The scars will be small and will fade over time. The expected time for the final results to be judged is anywhere from 6 months to a year. After that time, it will be very difficult to tell that you had surgery.

Is male breast reduction permanent?

Most men who undergo breast reduction surgery never have a problem with their chest appearance again. Some men, however, experience weight changes, hormonal changes, or other factors that may cause the tissue to re-expand. Fortunately, those cases are significantly less common than the norm. The expectation is having the procedure done and experiencing a permanent result that you are satisfied with.

Does insurance cover male breast reduction?

Unfortunately, insurance companies usually will not reimburse for male breast reduction as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. Dr. Gerstle and the staff at Lexington Plastic Surgery can discuss financing options with you.

Watch Your Guide to Gynecomastia, Male Breast Reduction

What our patients are saying…

After I gave birth to two beautiful babies and breastfed them both, I was sad to see that my breasts had lost all tissue they once had. To make matters worse, what little was left was sagging badly. I wanted to get my figure back so that I could be proud to wear a swimsuit again.  Dr. Gerstle was wonderful about listening to my concerns about not wanting to look ‘fake’ and he gave me a natural, womanly figure back with implants and a breast lift. He did a great job and I recommend him and his amazing staff to anyone interested in plastic surgery.

– KD