How Much Weight is Typically Lost After Male Breast Reductions?

What type of diet would you recommend to obtain and maintain the best post-surgical results?

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How Much Weight is Typically Lost After Male Breast Reductions?


Thanks for the post. You shouldn't look at this surgery as a method for weight reduction. The tissue typically weights no more than a pound or two. The purpose of the surgery is to improve the contour of the chest. As for post surgery, I would recommend a healthy diet and exercise. There is no specific regimen that irks for everyone.  I would not go to extremes in either diet or exercise if your goal is to maintain your post surgical results.


Dr. Dadvand

Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss with gynecomastia surgery

Gynecomastia (and even liposuction) aren't weight loss tools.  The amount of weight lost from these procedures is small (just a few pounds). As far as diet is concerned, I would recommend a well balanced diet.  Gynecomastia is breast tissue not fat. Things like soy products may exacerbate it so it may be a good idea to avoid soy.Nothing fancy is necessary.  Once the gland is excised it should be a permanent result. 

Tim Neavin, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Not weight loss method

The amount of weight lost from a male breast reduction is minimal. It's more about recontouring the area to make it more aesthetically pleasing. It could be from mere grams to just a couple of pounds. The procedure shouldn't be perceived as a weight loss method.

After your surgery, you should follow a healthy diet that's well-balanced. There really is no special diet. Just eat wisely and continue exercising to maintain your results.

Michael Constantin Gartner, DO
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
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How Much Weight is Typically Lost After Male Breast Reductions?

Gynecomastia reduction surgery should not be viewed as a technique for weight reduction.  This surgery is intended to recontour the shape of the chest.  Good luck and be safe.

John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

John Nguyen, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss after gynecomastia surgery

Depending on the extent of your gynecomastia, little weight is lost with the procedure.  It's best to be near your ideal body weight going into surgery in order to get the best, most lasting results.  The diet that is best is the diet that you can maintain--something that's balanced and complete, and one which you can live with.  Fad diets are not useful except for short-term weight reduction, since they tend not to be sustainable in the long-term.


Richard Silverman, MD
Newton Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss after gynecomastia surgery

A very small amount of gram weight is removed in gynecomastia surgery and there would be a minimal, if any, weight loss. Since you are inquiring about diet post-operatively, I would be concerned as to whether you need to lose weight prior to undergoing the procedure as a significant weight loss after surgery may alter the result.

Robert L. Kraft, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Gynecomastia and Weight Loss

Not much weight loss will occur with gynecomastia surgery if any at all. It is best to be at or close to your ideal weight prior to surgery. Before and after surgery it is wise to eat a healthy diet consisting of protein, fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, and a good multiple vitamin. Go easy on alcohol and watch your portions. Try to maintain this along with a good exercise program and stay healthy for life.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Male Breast Reduction

There is no weight loss after this procedure.  It is not like the female breast reduction where lots of breast tissue is removed. This is really for contouring of the chest area.  The best thing to do is to be at your lowest, most stable weight and continue to be healthy and exercise after surgery as well (per your surgeon's recommendations). If you have surgery and then lose a lot of weight, it will probably change your results as well.

Tom J. Pousti, MD, FACS
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Male Breast Reduction Does Not Result In Significant Weight Loss

Unlike breast reduction in women, gynecomastia reduction in most men does not result in any appreciable weight loss. This is due to the relatively small amount of breast tissue removed compared to what is taken out in most women. Gynecomastia is an effective male chest contouring procedure that at most results in a pound or two of actual weight loss even in larger conditions.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Weight loss after male breast reduction

unfortunately, not much weight is lost during male breast reduction.    A very large female breast reduction is around 2 kg per breast.   Therefore, male breast reductions usually involve less than 300-400 grams of tissue removal.    

A well balanced diet is always recommended, such that you maintain a stable weight.   Large weight fluctuations after surgery will significantly alter your postop result, so try to do surgery at a weight you can realistically maintain longterm.

Paul S. Gill, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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