Gynecomastia – Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Plastic Surgeons Serving San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, Santa Clara & Nearby South Bay, California

shirtless man with toned chestMany men experience a condition called gynecomastia, or excessive breast tissue. It is a common condition and can be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness for many men.

If you feel reluctant to take off your shirt when at the beach or the pool or during romantic situations, the board-certified plastic surgeons at Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery can help you achieve the masculine appearance you desire with male breast reduction surgery.

To learn more about gynecomastia and your candidacy for male breast reduction surgery, please contact us today online or at 650-934-7020 to schedule a free consultation. We welcome patients from the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose and San Francisco, California.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Many times, gynecomastia begins during puberty. Fortunately, some men who develop the condition around this developmental time find that the condition resolves itself naturally as they enter adulthood and never need surgery. However, this is not the case for everyone, and many men live with excessive breast tissue into adulthood.

Other possible causes of gynecomastia include:

  • Liver disease
  • Graves' disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Estrogen-producing tumors
  • Dietary supplements
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Obesity
  • Hormone fluctuations

If you are experiencing one of the potential causes listed above, you should consult your doctor to ensure your condition isn’t the result of one of these issues. Treating one of these conditions or discontinuing the use of certain medications could cause your gynecomastia to diminish.

Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia surgery is safe and effective, and most men with excess breast tissue are good candidates for the procedure. Men with firm, elastic skin usually experience the best results. If you are overweight, it is best to get near your ideal weight before surgery through exercise and a healthy diet.

If you reach your target weight and are still unhappy with the appearance of your chest, you should schedule a free consultation at Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery to determine your candidacy. Generally speaking, in addition to being near your ideal weight, good male breast reduction candidates:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Don’t smoke, or are willing to quit before surgery and throughout the recovery process
  • Have realistic expectations for their results

The best way to find out if this procedure is right for you is to meet personally with one of our gynecomastia surgeons. Consultations are free and completely confidential. We will assess your physical condition and explain all of your options. You will never be pressured or rushed into making any decisions about your treatment. We will work to understand your goals and explain all of your options.

Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Liposuction is frequently used in most cases of gynecomastia surgery to remove stubborn pockets of fat from the male breast tissue. If excessive glandular tissue is also a cause of your condition, this tissue will be surgically removed during your treatment.

It is common to experience some mild bruising and swelling following your surgery. These effects will gradually subside during the initial weeks of your recovery. In order to achieve optimal results, you will be provided with detailed postoperative instructions, and wear a compression garment for the first few weeks after your procedure.

Every patient heals at his own pace, but most men are able to return to work in about a week after gynecomastia surgery.

Schedule Your Free Gynecomastia Consultation Today

If you live in the Silicon Valley or Bay Area, including Palo Alto, Mountain View, San Jose and San Francisco, and want to learn more about male breast reduction surgery, please contact Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery today by completing the form on this page or calling 650-934-7020 to schedule a free consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.