Male Breast Tissue

Andrew T. Cohen, MD
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

If you are a man and have extra tissue in your chest , removing the tissue is the best option if done correctly and by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Many younger men I see as well as older men have breast tissue. Some have extra skin as well. Medications and genetics and weight gain all contribute to the problem of gynecomastia which is male breast tissue. If you are unable to lose weight and still have tissue in the chest area, you may be a candidate for cosmetic surgery to remove the tissue.

The best option is surgical excision of the tissue with liposuction.  The surgeon will make the patient comfortable in the operating room with local or general anesthesia. We infiltrate the area with local anesthesia which helps with bleeding and pain.  We then suction the area with small liposuction cannulas. Then a small incision is made at the areola site to go in and remove the tissue directly.  Drains are left in and a surgical garment is worn for 1-2 months.  If the nipple is hanging then there are times skin needs to be removed to tailor and shape the chest.  It all depends on how elastic the skin is and the position of the nipple is.

The surgery lasts 2-3 hours and the recovery is usually around 1-2 weeks.  Most patients return to work after a few days.  

Remember  to:

1.  Always go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has a lot of experience in body contouring.  

2. Check his pictures and make sure you see lots of results.