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Male Breast Reduction
UT Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons have exceptional experience in gynecomastia surgery – or male breast reduction – using new, minimally invasive techniques that allow for smaller incisions and the use of ultrasound technology.
As UT Southwestern, we apply leading-edge medical and surgical advancements and customize gynecomastia procedures based on a patient’s unique circumstances and body type, using excision surgery or liposuction.
Gynecomastia, or overdeveloped breasts, is not uncommon – 40 to 60 percent of men suffer from the condition. It can affect one or both sides of the chest. There is no distinct cause, but it can sometimes be linked to certain prescription drugs or medical problems.
Our team of plastic surgeons is internationally recognized for delivering outstanding clinical care and conducting groundbreaking research.
Treatments for Gynecomastia
Our surgeons can eliminate excess tissue and skin, if needed, to achieve a flatter, firmer chest. The results are permanent and can benefit men of all ages. Our plastic surgeons work with each patient and discuss the options.
If the primary reason for the gynecomastia is excessive glandular tissue, we generally remove the tissue during a surgical procedure, making an incision in an area that is almost unnoticeable. Our goal is to make the incision as small as possible. However, the size depends on the amount of tissue and skin that needs to be removed.
For men with excessive amounts of fatty tissue, ultrasound-assisted liposuction can be used. With liposuction, a small incision is created. Fat is then “liquefied” and suctioned from the chest area.
Surgery generally takes one to two hours. Patients typically wear a supportive vest for several weeks after surgery. Sometimes additional procedures are required in the future to address excess skin or to reposition the nipple.
This procedure is not an alternative to weight loss.