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It's estimated that as many as 40% to 60% of men have enlarged breasts; they just don't talk about it or do anything to correct it. It can affect the way you look at yourself and the way you feel about your appearance. It's always on your mind when choosing clothing. You dread having to take off your shirt at the beach. Simply put, you're embarrassed. Male breast reduction surgery in Albany at The Plastic Surgery Group can give you a renewed sense of confidence by restoring a more natural, masculine appearance to your chest.

Cosmetic surgery should be a rewarding experience that leaves you looking great and feeling more confident. Request a free cosmetic consultationRequest a free cosmetic consultation with one of the surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group or call (518) 438-0505.

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Case 653, Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Surgeon: Douglas Hargrave, MD

24 year-old white male with bilateral gynecomastia. 2 months status post bilateral gynecomastia correction with direct excision and liposuction.

Case 671, Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Surgeon: Steven Lynch, MD

This 25 year-old man did not have confidence with his shirt off and in fact, did not spend any time on the beach. The typical male patient with male breast tissue has a very difficult time with the accepted norm of going without shirts in sports and intimacy situations. It is sometimes surprising how this group of patients "hides out". Their lives are greatly altered no matter how strong and muscularly developed they are. This procedure takes about 2 hours and the incision in this case is just under the areola. Even great amounts of male breast tissue can come out of this small incision. The discomfort is quite easily controlled by pain medication. These patients are VERY happy after this pr...

Case 1193, Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Surgeon: Jeffrey Rockmore, MD

This 18-year-old presented with gynecomastia, or the development of male breasts.  He had become self-conscious about his chest and avoided pools and the beach because he did not like to take his shirt off.  He also found it difficult to wear T-shirts and thinner shirts, as his breasts were visible.  He came to our Albany, New York office to see what could be done to improve this.  Gynecomastia is very common and male breast reduction procedures to treat this are in the top five cosmetic procedures performed on males in America.  Most cases arise spontaneously, and once it develops, gynecomastia does not resolve on its own.  In most cases, such as this one,...

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Is male breast reduction right for me?

Male breast reduction improves the appearance of enlarged male breasts, also called gynecomastia. Our Albany plastic surgeons understand the self-consciousness many men and teenage boys feel because of enlarged breasts and nipples. This procedure is performed to provide a variety of improvements including:

  • Reducing enlarged breasts
  • Reshaping puffy, enlarged nipples
  • Balancing size between uneven breasts or nipples
  • Improving the appearance of large, sagging breasts after massive weight loss
  • Increasing confidence while clothed and while shirtless

How is male breast reduction performed?

Male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis and is usually complete in just an hour or 2 at the surgery center near our office or, in some more limited cases, in the office. General or local anesthetic will be used depending on the type and extent of surgery your plastic surgeon has planned for you. This will be discussed in detail with you during your private consultation.

Your surgeon will make small incisions in areas that are not noticeable, such as around the nipples or in the armpits. If excess fat is the primary cause of your enlarged breasts, liposuction alone may be used to give you a more masculine look. In other cases, excess skin and breast tissue may need to be surgically removed.

How much does male breast reduction cost?

The cost for male breast reduction surgery is about $6,500 and will vary with the complexity of your procedure. We offer financing options to help the cost fit within most patients' financial situations. For the most positive surgical outcome, we recommend considering your surgeon's credentials over issues of cost. Visit Meet the Surgeons to learn more about our exceptional team.

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Meet the expertly trained Albany plastic surgeons at The Plastic Surgery Group, serving the Schenectady, Saratoga Springs, Utica, and Albany area of New York.

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What is recovery like after male breast reduction surgery?

After male breast reduction surgery, it's normal to feel sore and have some bruising and swelling. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe medication that will help you feel more comfortable during the first day or 2 following your surgery. Wearing a prescribed elasticized bandage will help alleviate swelling. You'll be advised to wear this for a couple of weeks, particularly at night when sleeping. Your plastic surgeon will give you detailed postoperative instructions that will help you feel comfortable and enhance the healing process. Here's what you can expect.

First Week

The downtime following male breast reduction surgery is generally short. You'll be up and walking around on the day of your procedure. Many men return to work within a couple of days.

1 to 2 Weeks

If stitches were placed during the surgery, they will most likely be removed in 1 to 2 weeks. If drains were used, they will be removed after a week.

2 to 3 Weeks

It's important to avoid strenuous activities, heavy exercise, and contact sports for 2 to 3 weeks following your surgery.

First Month

You will need about a month to completely recuperate before returning to your regular activities.

About Scarring

Sunlight can affect the pigmentation of your skin, especially around the area of the incisions, and make the scars much darker than they would be if not exposed to direct sunlight. Therefore, it's important to keep a shirt on whenever you're out in the sun for at least the first 6 weeks. If you do go swimming or otherwise expose your chest to the sun, wear sunblock and limit your exposure time.

What are potential risks and complications?

Male breast reduction surgery is a safe and relatively risk-free procedure that can greatly enhance a man's self-confidence. All surgery carries with it some risk of infection or an adverse reaction to anesthesia, but these conditions can be effectively treated by medication prescribed by your plastic surgeon.

Other Questions About Male Breast Reduction

Why are my breasts so prominent?

Enlarged male breasts can be caused by excess fatty or glandular tissue beneath the breasts or by excess skin tissue around the breasts. This is a relatively common condition in men and can be easily corrected through male breast reduction surgery. Causes include hormone imbalances, steroids, and certain medications, but for many patients, there is no known cause.

Does insurance cover male breast reduction surgery?

In most cases insurance does not cover this procedure, but you should check with your insurance provider and discuss insurance coverage with your plastic surgeon.

What's the downtime associated with male breast reduction surgery?

Downtime is quite short for this surgery. In most cases, men are back at work in just a couple of days. Full recovery may take up to a month or more, but you may resume many of your normal activities during this time.

How long will the results last?

Male breast reduction surgery is a permanent solution for this relatively common problem among men.

Just one of my breasts appears too large. Is this normal?

In some cases, a man will have one breast that is larger than the other because there is excess fatty or glandular tissue beneath that breast or excess skin around it. Our surgeons can correct the enlarged breast through male breast reduction surgery, focusing on symmetry.

Will I be in the hospital?

In most cases, male breast reduction surgery is performed on an outpatient basis and you'll return home the same day of your surgery. Sometimes, in more complex cases, a brief hospital stay will be required.

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