Male Breast Reduction



When gynecomastia is caused by excess fat, liposuction alone may be used.


After liposuction, you'll have a flatter chest.


Excision is recommended when glandular tissue or loose skin needs removal.


Incisions vary depending on the specific conditions and Dr. Alfaro's preference.


A combined approach with both excision and liposuction may be necessary.


For a more natural chest contour, the areola can be reduced or the nipple can be repositioned.

Male breast reduction is a procedure that treats gynecomastia, a condition of excess fat and glandular tissue on a man's chest. It's a surgical option for men and adolescent boys who cannot resolve the condition with exercise or non-surgical medical interventions.

Here in Tucson, board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Armando Alfaro performs male breast reduction to reshape a man's chest when they present a somewhat feminine appearance. Through the removal of excess breast tissue and fat, Dr. Alfaro can create a chest that looks more masculine.

After male breast reduction surgery, patients often feel they are more comfortable taking their shirts off in public, like at the beach, and feel a diminished need to hide their chest under loose clothing.

What to Expect During Male Breast Reduction

What is it?

A procedure for men in which excess glandular tissue and fat are removed from the chest to correct gynecomastia and create a more masculine body shape.



Surgery time:

1-2 hours

Recovery time:

1-2 weeks

How Male Breast Reduction Works

For your male breast reduction procedure, Dr. Alfaro's anesthesiologist will likely administer a local anesthetic with sedation. This will help you sleep through the procedure.

To begin the procedure, Dr. Alfaro will make one of two incisions. An incision may be made in your armpit or around the nipple areola. Through this incision, Dr. Alfaro will use a scalpel to remove any excess breast tissue that is present on the chest.

At the same time, Dr. Alfaro may choose to remove localized fat deposits. To do so, Dr. Alfaro will use a thin tube called a cannula. This cannula is attached to a vacuum-like device that will suction out the fat, in a procedure called liposuction.

In cases of major tissue removal, Dr. Alfaro may find the removal of skin is also necessary for an ideal result.

Once he has removed the necessary amount of tissue from the chest, Dr. Alfaro will close the incisions with sutures and apply a surgical dressing. A compression garment will also be wrapped around your chest. This compression garment will need to be worn for a few weeks to promote the healing of the new shape of your chest.

As you leave Dr. Alfaro's practice, you will need a ride home and help around the house for a couple of days. Some swelling is possible during this time, but should subside within two weeks. If you experience discomfort, Dr. Alfaro may prescribe medication to help you manage it. Within two weeks after your surgery, you will return to Dr. Alfaro's practice to have your sutures removed.

Though Dr. Alfaro will likely ask that you are cautiously mobile within a day after surgery, you will not be able to exercise for a few weeks. It can take up to three months for you to be able to experience the effects of your male breast reduction. As long as you adhere to a healthy diet and exercise regimen, the results of the surgery should be long-lasting.

Male Breast Reduction FAQ

What is male breast reduction?

Also known as gynecomastia surgery, male breast reduction is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men.

What are the signs of gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is characterized by excess localized fat and excess glandular tissue on one or both breasts.

What causes gynecomastia?

The cause of gynecomastia is not known. The condition has been linked to drug use, impaired liver function, estrogen-containing medications, low testosterone, and other factors related to hormone imbalance.

Who's an ideal candidate for gynecomastia correction?

Men considering this procedure should be healthy, non-smokers who have reached a stable body weight and stable point of breast development. Male breast reduction is appropriate when symptoms of gynecomastia cannot be resolved through alternative medical treatments.

How long is recovery?

Recovery time varies. Most patients can plan to return to their normal routine after one week. Stitches may need to be removed in 1-2 weeks. Exercise will need to be postponed for at least 3 weeks. To appreciate the final outcome, you may need to wait 3 months for swelling to resolve.

What are the risks of male breast reduction?

Risks include scarring, bleeding (hematoma), blood clots, infection, poor healing, changes in nipple or breast sensation (may be temporary or permanent), risks of liposuction (if applicable), anesthesia risks, breast contour and shape irregularities, skin discoloration, damage to nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs, allergic reactions to materials, breast asymmetry, fat necrosis, fluid accumulation deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, pain, possibility of revision surgery.

Scheduling Your Male Breast Reduction in Tucson

If you are a man who struggles with a feminine-appearing or undefined chest, you may be interested in options for male breast reduction. You can call our practice to set up your consultation at (520) 323-9720. Email us in Tucson for more information on male breast reduction.