Duke plastic surgeons perform gynecomastia surgery to correct abnormally large breasts in men by removing excess tissue, skin, and fat, while flattening and enhancing the male chest contours. It may be a consideration for you 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 well-being. The 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.
Learn more about breast reduction, breast augmentation, tummy tucks, body contouring, and other procedures performed at the Duke Aesthetic Center at one of our informational seminars.
Consultation and Tests
Comprehensive Physical Exam
We conduct a thorough physical examination and medical history to determine the underlying cause of gynecomastia, and evaluate whether medication or surgery is the right approach for you. We discuss your reasons for pursuing gynecomastia surgery, and your desired breast size. To determine if you are a candidate for surgery, we review your family history, general health status, lifestyle habits such as smoking, previous operations, and any medications you may be taking. Your breasts will be measured and assessed for size and shape, and photographs may be taken for your medical record. Based on these findings, we recommend a course of treatment specific to you. We discuss the expected outcome, potential risks and complications, and your post-operation recovery.
May be necessary to evaluate hormone levels. Pre-surgical testing also requires several blood tests to test your liver and kidney function, and to determine if you have any infection, blood disorder, or anemia, that may have gone previously undetected.
High-quality, digital X-ray images may be recommended to detect any underlying breast abnormalities. Gynecomastia can increase your risk for male breast cancer.
Depending on your initial screening results, your doctor may recommend you undergo a biopsy, in which a small portion of tissue is extracted for examination under a microscope. Additional imaging, including CT and MRI, may also be recommended.
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Why Choose Duke
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.
Our plastic surgeons share their experience by teaching advanced breast surgical techniques to doctors across the country and around the world.
Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why we are once again recognized as the best hospital in North Carolina, and nationally ranked in 11 adult and 9 pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.