Male Breast Reduction banner

Male Breast Reduction

Introduction To Male Breast Reduction

At William Lao, MD on the 32nd floor of a 5th Avenue suite in New York City, male breast reduction patients have found comfort for years in Dr. Lao’s expertise and plastic surgery specialty. Male breast reduction surgery, or gynecomastia resection, is a procedure that is opted for when men have overdeveloped or enlarged breasts. This condition is known as gynecomastia. Dr. William Lao is a top plastic surgeon specializing in male breast reduction in NYC and looks forward to meeting you and becoming part of your journey to a more self-confident YOU!

Confident man downtown talking on phone wearing a suit

What is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Men with gynecomastia may suffer from intense emotional discomfort and self-confidence issues. It often is a source of psychiatric stress and social embarrassment.

People with this condition often feel embarrassed to go to the beach, hot spring, the locker room, or any places where they have to take their shirts off. They also dislike the full-breasted look when they put on T-shirts during the summertime. In severe cases, they have the same problems as ladies with large breasts, such as shoulder and neck pain and rashes under the breast fold.

Most gynecomastia can be taken care of by a combination of liposuction and direct excision. The scar is usually well hidden and nearly invisible after it is completely healed. In larger breasted men, similar techniques to female breast reduction will be needed to completely reduce the breast size. Surgery is usually well-tolerated and people are usually satisfied with the results.

Who are the Best Candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

The best candidates for Male Breast Reduction Surgery are in overall good health, are not currently experiencing active diseases, or have serious, pre-existing medical conditions. You should have firm, elastic skin that can adapt to the new contours of your body. You should also maintain realistic expectations and keep a positive mentality for the outcome of your surgery.

Shirtless male with sculpted features

What are the Benefits of Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Many of Dr. Lao’s patients that are experiencing gynecomastia have seen the following benefits from male breast reduction surgery:

  • Boosted Confidence and Self-esteem

  • Improved posture

  • More comfortable Physical Activity

  • More Masculine Figure

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting male breast reduction surgery in New York City by Dr. William Lao is to schedule a consultation. During your one-on-one visit to our surgical suite located on the 32nd floor on 5th Avenue, you’ll be able to ask questions, get to know Dr. Lao, and better understand the surgery. Dr. Lao will provide you with his expert recommendations.

If you and your surgeon both feel that male breast reduction is the best surgery for your aesthetic needs, surgery will be booked and we’ll provide you with specific instructions you should closely follow prior to surgery.

Why does Gynecomastia occur?

Gynecomastia, or male breast, usually affects teenagers and elderly men, though it can affect men and boys of all age groups. It also has a higher incidence in the obese population. It can occur due to a number of reasons:

  • Weight gain
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Diseases
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Use of certain medications
  • Use of drugs like anabolic steroids

How can Gynecomastia be Treated?

In some cases, gynecomastia is temporary and will not need treatment. In others, corrective methods must be used depending on the cause of the issue.

Those who are experiencing gynecomastia as a result of medications or recreational drugs should cease usage in order to rectify the condition. Diet and exercise can also help, depending on the type of gynecomastia experienced.

When non-surgical treatment options have proven ineffective, male breast reduction is needed. It is recommended that teenagers or young adults undergo this surgical treatment only after their chest is fully developed. If they get it done while they are adolescents, they may have to undergo a secondary procedure as their chest continues to grow.

What to Expect on the Day of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male breast reduction surgery is usually performed in an outpatient facility, and general anesthesia is administered beforehand. The procedure takes about one to three hours to complete. There are a variety of techniques that Dr. Lao can use for breast reduction. When you consult with him before the surgery, the method best suited to your condition will be determined. This will be based on the tissue composition of your male breasts. In cases where the excess tissue is mostly fatty tissue, liposuction can be used for correction. This involves the insertion of a tool called a cannula. The cannula loosens the fat, which is then removed through the cannula with medical suction. In situations where the excess tissue is mostly glandular breast tissue, excision must be employed. This involves the removal of the tissue using a scalpel. Excess skin is often also removed during this process. This is performed using a scalpel. If the areolae need to be reduced or repositioned, this can be done as well. Most gynecomastia can be taken care of by a combination of liposuction and direct excision. In larger breasted men, similar techniques to female breast reduction will be needed to completely reduce the breast size. Incisions are made around the areolae to provide access for the removal of the excess glandular or fatty tissue. Additional incisions may be made if required. Once the excess tissue is removed, the incisions are closed with stitches and the remaining skin is tightened. The scar is usually well hidden and nearly invisible after it is completely healed. Surgery is typically well-tolerated and people are generally satisfied with the results.

Man in a gray suit against a gray wall
Man checking his phone at a train station platform

MALE BREAST REDUCTION SCHEDULE

Surgery

Time: 1-3 hours

Anesthesia

Recovery

Ambulate the night of surgery

Shower 2 days after surgery

3 to 5 days off work

Restriction

6 weeks from heavy lifting and swimming

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Recovery

A few days after going through the surgery, the patient usually feels some amount of pain and discomfort, which can be controlled with the help of prescription pain-control medication. Bruising and swelling are common after a surgical procedure, so wearing a pressure garment is usually recommended at least for two weeks. Patients can soon return to their regular physical activities and daily schedule, though physically taxing activities should be avoided for at least four weeks.

Why Choose Dr. Lao?

As a male plastic surgeon, Dr. Lao fully understands the male body. Not only is Dr. Lao an educated plastic surgeon with extensive training in male breast surgery, but he’s a double-board plastic surgeon and a proud member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Lao’s expertise has earned him NYC TopDoc status by the renowned aesthetic magazine, NewBeauty, where he often loans his expertise.

How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Surgery Cost in New York City?

The cost of can Male Breast Reduction Surgery Cost in New York City will vary, so please make an appointment with Dr. Lao in his Manhattan office to get the most accurate cost for your male breast reduction in NYC.

FAQs

Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery painful?

The surgery itself is typically non-painful or has very minimal pain (may vary from patient to patient). During your recovery, you may feel some soreness for the first few days, but this can be treated with either pain medication prescribed by Dr. Lao, over-the-counter pain medication, or by wearing compression garments.

How long until I see results?

Although you may begin to notice some results from your surgery almost immediately, most patients can fully notice their final results within 3 and 6 months following their procedure.

Can I combine Male Breast Reduction Surgery with other procedures?

Many of our patients elect to combine their breast reduction surgery with other procedures that help sculpt the chest and abdomen, which helps them get closer to their ideal physical appearance. Some patients also combine this procedure with Liposuction on their belly or torso for a more fine-tuned appearance.

What are the risks associated with Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Any time you undergo cosmetic surgery, there is always some potential risk. The risks associated with Male Breast Reduction Surgery are:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Contour Irregularities
  • Loose Breast Skin and Asymmetries
  • Loss of Nipple Skin
  • Numbness of the Nipples
  • Visible Scarring

Schedule Your Consultation

Our NYC gynecomastia patients feel that the surgery greatly benefits their lives, providing more self-confidence. Scheduling a male breast reduction consultation in New York City with Dr. William Lao is as simple as contacting our office for an appointment. To set up your informative consultation, get in touch today!

Real patient before facelift photo

Before

Real patient after facelift photo

After

before + afters

Real patients, real results! Check out our before and after photo gallery and peruse through different gallery options of surgical and non-surgical patients!

View of Manhattan, NYC outside of Dr. Lao Plastic Surgery

Out-of-town patients

Dr. Lao has provided surgery for patients from almost every continent in the world. With such a wide range, patients frequently ask about travel arrangements for surgery.

Real patients

Real Reviews

Patient Resources

We’re here to help, with a number of patient resources designed to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Read through the materials below, and don’t hesitate to reach out and set up your consultation to learn more about what we can do for you.

Latest press

May, 2, 2022

A Plastic Surgeon Breaks Down the Differences Between Fat Grafting and Implants

Whether you’re the kind of person who roams your house naked and free, or the type that doesn’t even like seeing your bare body in the mirror after a shower, you’ve probably noticed a slight...

Apr 8, 2022

What It Means When Your Left Breast Is Bigger Than Your Right

The world of breast augmentations can be a hard one to sift through if you don’t know the facts, and New York plastic surgeon William Lao, MD is breaking down what we need to know about fat grafting...

Call Email