You’ve heard all the derogatory terms, but while excess breast tissue in men is an easy target for jokes, it’s also an extremely common condition. The embarrassment men feel can have a negative effect on their lives. Many will avoid removing their shirts at the beach or wear layers of clothes to hide their bodies. Fortunately, in Los Angeles, male breast reduction is a simple, effective way to attain a more masculine-looking chest.
At the root of gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, is excess tissue and fat that can make the breasts appear larger. Male breast enlargement may be caused by loose skin, excess fat or breast tissue, or excess areolar tissue. It’s important to diagnose exactly what needs to be removed to achieve a slimmer, smoother chest. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I have years of experience that allows me to diagnose and treat gynecomastia with your individual anatomy and concerns in mind.
Educated at some of the most elite institutions in the country, Dr. David Stoker uses his highly advanced knowledge to ensure that each patient achieves beautiful, harmonious results — whether it's through a simple non-surgical procedure or a more advanced surgical transformation. Learn more about his unique credentials and his approach to plastic surgery.
He is an expert on breast reduction techniques and safety.
His work on breast reduction techniques and safety has been published in prestigious plastic surgery journals.
He is the author of chapters on body contouring surgery in major plastic surgery textbooks.
He has performed male breast reductions for patients on Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition and The Biggest Loser television shows.
He teaches courses on liposuction for his colleagues at annual meetings of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).
Male Breast Reduction Techniques
If you’re considering surgery as a solution, it’s important to understand the techniques that are available to you. I use several techniques for male breast reduction. Los Angeles men who have relatively good skin elasticity can often achieve a handsome result from liposuction. During liposuction, I place a small incision at the lower lateral crease of the breast. Then I use a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to loosen and remove excess fat.
Depending on your condition, I may recommend liposuction combined with breast tissue removal, or breast tissue removal alone. In extreme cases, such as following massive weight loss, skin removal may be necessary as well. Given all the options, it’s important to choose a surgeon who has performed many of these procedures and takes the time to examine you, understand your goals, and explain your options.
Candidates for Gynecomastia Surgery
Healthy men of any age are considered good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. The best candidates are those who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape to the body’s new contours. Many of my patients add liposuction of the midsection as a complementary procedure to eliminate love handles and maximize results.
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In Los Angeles, male breast reduction is often performed under a local anesthetic. After surgery, you will wear a snug-fitting support garment, like a vest, for about a week to minimize swelling and bruising. It’s natural to experience some discomfort, but it is easily managed with mild pain medication. Most of my patients ease back into their routines within a few days. Healing continues for several weeks, and you’ll immediately see improvements in your chest contour.
Possible but uncommon risks include infection, bleeding, and seromas (pockets of fluid). Each of these complications may be treated effectively with diligent postoperative care.
Male Breast Reduction FAQ
How much does male breast reduction (gynecomastia surgery) cost in Los Angeles, CA?
The cost for male breast reduction varies with the technique used and the specifics of the procedure. Patients receive a personalized price quote during their private consultation with Dr. Stoker. Patient financing is available to those who are qualified.
How can a man naturally reduce breast size?
In many cases, it is difficult or impossible for men to reduce their breast size with diet and exercise. The exact cause of excess breast tissue isn’t known; however, it affects a significant number of men and can be linked to excess weight, hormonal imbalances, and the use of steroids, marijuana, and certain other substances.
How long is gynecomastia surgery recovery?
Most patients return to nonstrenuous work within a few days with only mild swelling and soreness that fade gradually, although experiences vary with surgical technique and individual healing rates.
Does the fat come back after gynecomastia surgery?
Once the fat is removed from the chest, it will not grow back. Results are best maintained by keeping your weight stable, exercising consistently, and eating a sensible diet.
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