Male Breast Reduction

Excess male breast development is called gynecomastia. This condition may occur in men due to a variety of causes including weight gain or loss, use of certain drugs like hormones or steroids, fatty tumors, genetic predisposition or hormonal imbalances. In many cases, no cause is found.

In cases where there is one-sided enlargement, medical testing may be necessary prior to consideration of any surgical treatment. If a mass is found, this must be addressed and may require testing, imaging and biopsy (pathological evaluation).

Treatment of gynecomastia involves stopping the use of the causative agent, if possible, and control of weight. It may include either conventional or laser-assisted liposuction-liposculpture alone, or direct excision supplemented with liposuction-liposculpture. Often scars are hidden in the breast folds and around the areola (darker skin around the nipple).

The choice of techniques is individually determined and depends on the size of the breast tissue, the assessment of the amount of fat versus actual breast tissue and the amount of breast droop.

Who is a Candidate?

  • Men who have unwanted breast development
  • Men who are healthy
  • Men who want to improve their physique
  • Men who have realistic expectations

Intended Results

  • Less chest fat and breast tissue
  • Improved male physique
  • Improved self-confidence

Procedure Description

  • Male breast reduction is usually performed in an accredited outpatient surgical facility under local anaesthesia, conscious sedation with local anaesthesia, or general anaesthesia
  • Direct surgical excision of tissue may be required along with liposuction-liposculpture
  • Several adjacent anatomical body areas may need to be addressed and treated in addition to the breasts for improved results

Recuperation and Healing

  • Discomfort is controlled with oral medications and long-acting local anaesthesia
  • A special postoperative garment is usually worn for several weeks according to your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions
  • A night in a postoperative care facility, or closely monitored home care is standard practice
  • You should be seen the next day for a follow-up visit by your surgeon
  • There will normally be postoperative fluid drainage for several days
  • Sutures may be required with liposuction, and are required following direct surgical procedures. Removal is usually within 1-2 weeks
  • Light activity may be resumed in two days. Sports activities may be resumed in 2 to 4 weeks (depending on your cosmetic surgeon’s instructions)

Other Options

  • Medical therapy and follow-up with an endocrinologist (medical doctor who specialises in hormones) may be appropriate in certain cases
  • Diet and exercise with a trained dietician and/or exercise therapist may be helpful
  • A combination of the above therapies, including psychiatric support, can be beneficial

Approximate Costs

Price variations can alter widely between patients and what surgery is actually required, so only a broad guide can be offered. Please contact our office for more specific details at this link

$6,000 – $12,000


The specific risks and suitability of this procedure for a given individual can only be fully determined at the time of consultation with your cosmetic surgeon. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications which do not affect the overall cosmetic results occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.