Male Breast Reduction

A male breast reduction is the most effective known treatment for gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts. This procedure removes excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a flatter, firmer and more masculine contour to the chest.

Due to genetics, use of certain medications, hormone imbalance, or other unspecified reasons, some men develop the appearance of enlarged breasts. It is estimated that up to 50% of men in the United States experience some degree of gynecomastia during their lifetime.

If you are interested in a male breast reduction, request a consultation online with Dr. Steven Varkony, or call our office today at (818) 907-9090 to schedule your complimentary consultation, and be on the way to the new you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a good candidate for a Male Breast Reduction?

The best male breast reduction patient is in good health, a non-smoker, and within thirty to forty pounds of their ideal body weight.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is enlargement of the gland tissue of the male breast.

How is the Male Breast Reduction performed?

Dr. Varkony uses either liposuction or surgical extraction technique for treating gynecomastia.

If your breasts are enlarged with excess fat, Dr. Varkony will do liposuction to remove the fat. This method involves injecting saline solution into the breast tissue, followed by insertion of a cannula through tiny incisions. The excess fat cells will then be suctioned out. Your skin elasticity and age are one of the factors that will determine if you are an ideal candidate for liposuction.

Dr Varkony may also recommend the extraction technique to remove excess glandular breast tissue, or extra skin to reduce breast size. This method is frequently used to reduce the size of the areola and correct deformity by repositioning the areola and tightening of the skin. Dr. Varkony will attempt to hide the incisions inside the wrinkle of your skin or around the edge of the areola.

Can additional procedures be done at the same time?

You can. Doing multiple procedures on the same day does not lengthen the recovery time and it allows the patient to accomplish many goals with one surgery.

What is the cost of a Male Breast Reduction?

The cost for a male breast reduction surgery depends on the length of the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Varkony will go over the estimated time the procedure will take, and you will meet with his patient care coordinator to go over fees.

Where is the procedure performed?

Procedures are performed in our fully certified out- patient surgical center, along with board-certified anesthesiologists, and certified registered nurses.

What type of anesthesia is used?

General anesthesia will be used, which means you will be completely asleep and pain-free during the entire case. During surgery, you will be closely monitored by one of our board-certified anesthesiologists.

How long does the procedure take?

Male breast reduction can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, but longer if additional procedures are added to the surgery.

How much time off should I take from work and exercising?

You should plan to take 3 to 4 days off from work (can vary depending on type of job), so swelling and bruising can resolve. Exercise should be avoided for about three weeks after surgery, but will be determined by Dr. Varkony throughout the healing process.

Is the Male Breast Reduction painful?

Not typically. Since the operation doesn’t involve any modification of the pectoral muscle, the recovery is usually quite quick.

Will I need someone to care for me after the procedure?

Yes. It is very important to have a family member, friend, or medical professional care for you during the first couple days following your procedure.

Do I need to see my own doctor before a Male Breast Reduction?

All patients require basic lab tests, medical clearance and history & physical from their primary care physician. If the patient is over the age of 45 we require an EKG along with the standard testing.

Will I need someone to care for me after the procedure?

Yes. It is very important to have a family member, friend, or medical professional care for you during the first couple days following your procedure.