Male Breast Reduction: Gynecomastia Is More Common Than You Think

Male plastic surgery used to be somewhat taboo, but in recent years, the popularity of cosmetic surgery for men has grown dramatically, and it’s not as stigmatized as it used to be. More and more men are electing to undergo procedures to enhance the way they look and feel. Today, male breast reduction for gynecomastia is one of the most popular procedures among men who visit my practice.

How Common Is Gynecomastia?

Having excess breast tissue as a man can be damaging to one’s self-esteem, but men with this condition should be aware that they are not alone. As many as 1/3 of all men have some degree of gynecomastia, and in 2022, male breast reduction to correct gynecomastia was the top cosmetic surgery procedure for men, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

What Are the Benefits of Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia can often be hereditary, and a healthy lifestyle that includes extensive exercise can’t always reduce excess tissue in the male breast. That’s when male breast reduction surgery can help.

  • More sculpted physique: Male breast reduction surgery can reduce the appearance of enlarged or “man boobs,” leading to a more defined chest contour.
  • Boosted self-confidence: Many men who have this surgery experience increased self-esteem and confidence as they feel less self-conscious about their chest.
  • Reduced chafing: Enlarged male breasts can cause physical discomfort, including chafing. Gynecomastia surgery alleviates these issues.
  • Enhanced clothing options: After the procedure, individuals can feel more confident wearing more tailored, form-fitting shirts.

If you are uncomfortable or self-conscious about the appearance of your chest, or you find yourself avoiding certain activities because you don’t want to take your shirt off, male breast reduction may be an option to consider. 

Before & After Male Breast Reduction Case 445 View #1 View in Panama City & Pensacola, Florida
Before & After Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Is Male Breast Reduction Right for Me?

You should not let gynecomastia keep you from feeling confident about yourself. With the help of an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, you can restore a natural-looking and masculine appearance to your chest. Modern surgical techniques, including liposuction or surgical excision, allow for short surgery times, fast recovery, and barely-visible scars.

If you want to learn more about male breast reduction and gynecomastia in the Pensacola, FL, area or you think you may be a good candidate, request a consultation or call our office at (850) 654-1194.

This blog post was originally published in March 2018 and has been updated for 2024.

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