Gynecomastia, or the development of enlarged or swollen breast tissue, can be embarrassing for men. Exercise and a healthy diet can help you look your best, but sometimes these can’t change the appearance of a man’s breast tissue. Dr. Kovanda can help remove unwanted tissue through a male breast reduction to restore confidence.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition in which men develop enlarged breast tissue, typically due to a hormonal imbalance. This can begin in adolescence, and in some cases subsides after a few months. However, if the breast tissue does not decrease, a male breast reduction is the best treatment option.

Gynecomastia may occur due to:

  • Metabolic disorders
  • Hormone imbalance (decreased testosterone or increased estrogen)
  • Puberty
  • Aging
  • Medication side-effects
  • Obesity

The Male Breast Reduction Procedure

There are a few ways that Dr. Kovanda may recommend performing your male breast reduction, depending on the amount of tissue present.

In some cases, liposuction to remove excess fat may be sufficient to address the appearance of male breasts. This can be performed under local anesthetic and sedation.

If more tissue is present, it may be necessary to make incisions on the chest. Dr. Kovanda will ensure that the incisions are small to best conceal scarring. Through these incisions, the excess fat, glandular tissue, and skin can be removed. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during this more extensive procedure.

Adding Pectoral Implants To Male Breast Reduction

Pectoral implants are used to create an athletic appearance in the chest, and in some cases are combined with male breast reduction depending on the patient’s aesthetic goals. There are several factors to consider in each individuals case regarding whether or not pectoral implants are advisable or necessary. Dr. Kovanda can help you determine whether pectoral implants would be beneficial in addition to a male breast reduction.

Is Male Breast Reduction Similar To Female Breast Reduction?

Men are often curious about how a male breast reduction compares to female breast reduction. The two procedures are actually quite similar in that they remove fat and glandular tissue from the chest, but differ in the final appearance after the surgery is complete.

Who Is A Candidate For Male Breast Reduction?

The best candidates for male breast reduction are men who cannot naturally reduce their amount of breast tissue through diet and exercise alone. They should be generally healthy and at a stable weight.

There are many factors that determine your candidacy for this procedure. Dr. Kovanda will discuss your medical history with you to determine if a male breast reduction is the best choice for you.

Schedule A Consultation

For more information about gynecomastia and your many options for male breast reduction, schedule a consultation. Call the team at our Minneapolis, MN office today at (612) 261-0141. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you achieve the best possible appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can guys develop breasts?

Gynecomastia is a condition in which breast tissue forms in guys, usually due to normal hormonal changes during puberty. Hormones are chemicals produced by your bodys glands.

Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery?

Gynecomastia often goes away without treatment in less than two years. Treatment may be necessary if gynecomastia doesnt improve on its own or if it causes significant pain, tenderness or embarrassment

Can gynecomastia grow back after surgery?

The short answer is yes, gynecomastia can come back after male breast reduction surgery. However, cases of gynecomastia recurrence are very uncommon.

Can thyroid problems cause gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia, an enlargement of the gland tissue in the male breast is caused by an imbalance of hormones.

Does gynecomastia come after surgery?

Generally, gynecomastia surgery affords patients with long lasting results, but in some cases, gynecomastia can return after male breast reduction surgery.

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss?

Occasionally, an overly large male chest can be worsened by being overweight or obese. While maintaining a healthy weight is desirable for both cosmetic and overall health benefits, most cases of true gynecomastia cannot be resolved with weight loss and exercise

Does gynecomastia surgery leave scars?

While most incision lines are concealed within natural contours, some may be visible and are a necessary result of male breast reduction surgery. All gynecomastia surgery scars are permanent, even though some scars may be concealed in the natural contours of the breast.

How can gynecomastia be prevented?

Most cases of gynecomastia cannot be prevented.

How long do you have to wear a compression garment after gynecomastia?

4 weeks

How long does it take to recover from male breast reduction?

4 weeks to completely heal

How long till swelling goes down after gynecomastia surgery?

72 hours

How many cup sizes can you go down with breast reduction?


When should I start massaging after gynecomastia surgery?

Wait until six to eight weeks after surgery before starting massage. Prior to that, it may actually cause swelling.

Can you get rid of gynecomastia without surgery?

Gynecomastia often goes away without treatment in less than two years. Treatment may be necessary if gynecomastia doesnt improve on its own or if it causes significant pain, tenderness or embarrassment

How do I know if I have gynecomastia?

Pain or tenderness, which may increase over time and swelling are just two possible telltale signs of gynecomastia

How do I know if I need a breast reduction?

Talk to your provider to see if you are a good fit

How do you shower after gynecomastia surgery?

Showering is allowed on the first day after your surgery. You should shower daily. You need to gently pat the incisions dry. Dont take a bath or soak the surgical incisions until your incisions are completely healed.

Is it worth getting a breast reduction?

Gynecomastia surgery typically has a relatively gentle recovery period. You may feel sore during the first three days of at-home rest, but pain is usually minimal.

What causes gynecomastia in males?

natural changes in hormone levels. Adults can help prevent gynecomastia by avoiding certain medicines, drugs, and lifestyle factors.

Is gynaecomastia surgery painful?

Gynecomastia surgery typically has a relatively gentle recovery period. You may feel sore during the first three days of at-home rest, but pain is usually minimal.

Does a breast reduction make you look thinner?

There is not much of a change to body appearance

Can you reduce breast size without surgery?

In some cases you might be able to.

Do you lose weight after breast reduction?


How can you tell the difference between gynecomastia and Pseudogynecomastia?

The main difference between pseudogynecomastia and gynecomastia is the type of tissue that causes the breasts to look enlarged and feminine.

What is the best treatment for gynecomastia?

Talk to your provider

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon at Kovanda Plastic Surgery | Website

Dr. Christopher Kovanda is a plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. He is a member of several medical professional societies including the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He has been honored with several awards including “Most Compassionate Doctor” on and has earned “Top Doctor” status on Finally, Dr. Kovanda is a Board-Certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Surgery-General and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

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