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 Edina, MN office today at (612) 261-0141. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you achieve the best possible appearance.

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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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