Male breast reduction surgery

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Duke plastic surgeons correct abnormally large breasts in men by removing excess tissue, skin, and fat, while flattening and enhancing the male chest contours. Research shows that breast reduction, also known as reduction mammoplasty, can have a positive psychological and emotional impact on your wellbeing. Many men report an improvement in their self image and self esteem.

When to consider gynecomastia surgery

At some point in your life, you may experience enlarged breast glands, a condition known as gynecomastia.  In newborns through the teenage years, gynecomastia may be related to a hormonal imbalance, and often goes away on its own.  When gynecomastia occurs in adults, it may be related to obesity, use of certain medications, hormonal imbalances, or cancer in the thyroid, pituitary or adrenal glands. In severe cases, the excess weight of glands and tissue can cause unsightly and uncomfortable sagging of the male breast area that can only be corrected by a surgical procedure.

You may consider gynecomastia surgery if you find your condition impacts your day-to-day activities. This may be the case if you avoid certain physical activities, if you have been treated unsuccessfully with hormonal medications, or if gynecomastia has negatively impacted your psychological or physical wellbeing. Depending on your individual condition, gynecomastia surgery can help you achieve significant relief from many physical and emotional discomforts, give you a new sense of freedom in your exercise and physical activities, and help you feel and look better with and without your clothes. Some men have called the procedure a life-changing event.

Choose Duke for your gynecomastia surgery because we offer:

  • Respected surgeons. Our plastic surgeons share their experience by teaching advanced breast surgical techniques to doctors across the country and around the world. Our combined skill and leadership means you work with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the U.S.
  • Size and shape matters. We work closely with you to understand your breast anatomy, skin elasticity and body type before recommending whether gynecomastia surgery will give you the results you seek.
  • Personalized treatment recommendation. Our plastic surgeons help you understand what is involved, and help you make a decision that is right for you. Many factors, including the underlying cause of your gynecomastia, are important considerations. We help you understand your options, and ensure the timing of your surgery is appropriate.


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