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Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia) Palo Alto

Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)Also known as gynecomastia surgery, male breast reduction is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men.

Who is a candidate?

Men who:

  • Have excessively large breasts.
  • Have excess or sagging tissue in the chest area after losing a large amount of weight.

Intended Result

  • A flatter chest with a more masculine contour.

Procedure Description

  • Excess breast tissue or fat can be removed with liposuction, excision, or a combination of both.
  • Excess skin can be removed.
  • The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia but can be done with sedation and local anesthesia.

Recuperation and Healing

  • You will go home several hours after surgery to be cared for by a friend or relative.
  • A compression vest or chest wrapping is usually indicated for a week or two after surgery to help reduce swelling.
  • Small tubes may be placed near the surgery site to drain off excess fluid. These will be removed later.

Other Options

Additional procedures that will enhance the result are liposuction of excess fat in the armpit area or contouring and flattening of the abdomen with liposuction and/or tummy tuck.

Insurance Guidelines

This cosmetic operation is occasionally covered by some, but not all, insurance companies. Pre-approval or denial is obtained from your insurance carrier before surgery.


The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.