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Facts You Should Know Before Your Gynecomastia Surgery

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By Jerome Edelstein, MD

If you suffer from Gynecomastia, or “man boobs,” you are not alone. It is estimated that more than one third of the male population develop unwanted male breast tissue at some point. Although this condition is not hazardous to your health, it understandably causes discomfort and embarrassment and may even lead to anxiety or depression.

Luckily, there are a number of treatment options, including Gynecomastia surgery. If you are bothered by the appearance of enlarged breasts, the following facts should be taken into consideration before scheduling male breast reduction surgery.

Your Surgery Will Be Customized

Although the development of male breast tissue is extremely common, because every individual is unique, Gynecomastia procedures are customized to each patient’s individual needs. Options for treatment include Liposuction, Direct Excision, or a Combination of the two.

The Results Are Instantaneous

During Gynecomastia surgery, the undesirable breast tissue is removed, which leads to instant results. Although the chest needs to be bandaged initially to ensure a successful recovery and minimize any chance of fluid collecting, you will be able to notice a difference right away, as your chest will be visibly flatter.

Low Risk Of Recurrence

If you opt to undergo male breast reduction surgery, it is unlikely that you will develop excessive breast tissue again in the future. However, it is important to recognize that there is still a chance of recurrence. To minimize this risk, it is advisable to regulate your weight and avoid foods and medications that contain estrogen, including anabolic steroids.

Post-Operative Risks And Recovery

Like any surgical procedure, Gynecomastia poses the risk of infection and other potential complications. These will be clearly outlined to you during your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon. It is also important to be aware of the downtime required following surgery and the pain you may experience. You will be prescribed a pain medication to prevent discomfort.


Due to the incisions made during this surgical procedure, scarring is inevitable. While efforts will be made to ensure that scarring is as discrete as possible, you should expect that visible scarring is a possibility.


Since Gynecomastia surgery is categorized as an elective surgery, it may not be covered by your health insurance. The procedure itself costs an average of $5500. However, to ensure optimal results, it is important to select your surgeon based on their skill and experience, not the cost.If you are tired of feeling like you need to hide your overdeveloped breast tissue and would like to learn more about the treatment options available to you, please contact our clinic to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Edelstein or Dr. Jindal. We understand how devastating the development of Gynecomastia can be and are dedicated to providing natural results in a safe, comfortable manner.

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