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Male breast enlargement (gynecomastia) is fairly common. Breasts may develop around the time of puberty and tend to diminish over time. If breast enlargement in a male persists for more than a few years, the cause needs to be determined. Endocrine (hormone) abnormalities and steroid or marijuana use may be the cause. Oftentimes, no abnormality is found. Male breast reduction in Minneapolis-St. Paul can be carried out using direct excision, liposuction, or a combination of both. Recurrence following reduction is rare.

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Cost of Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction: $8,700

This includes your surgical fee and all follow-up visits with Dr. Rocheford. This estimate also includes the facility fee and anesthesia costs. This is an estimate and may be different depending on your specific situation. It does not include the cost of your pre-operative physical, lab tests, or medications. Dr. Rocheford does charge $100 for consultations, and that fee is deducted from the price of your surgery or in-office procedure.

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Details Of Male Breast Reduction Surgery 

  • Surgery:  Surgery is done under general anesthesia at an outpatient facility or hospital. The surgery takes 2 hours and is an outpatient surgery. 
  • Discomfort:  Mild to Moderate. Anticipate 2 – 7 days of pain medication. 
  • Bruising and Swelling:  Improves in 7 – 10 days. 
  • Bandages:  Removed the day after surgery. 
  • Stitches:  Internal stitches dissolve. 
  • Work:  You may return to work in 3 – 7 days. 
  • Exercise:  May be resumed in 2 weeks. 
  • Final Result:  Following scar maturation, about 2 – 4 months. Results last 7 – 10 years.

Male breast reduction can be performed using liposuction alone if the amount of excess tissue is mild. If there is a more significant amount of skin or dense breast tissue, then skin and tissue will need to be removed. This is accomplished through an incision in the crease under the breast and around the areola. Following surgery, a compression vest will be worn to control the swelling. 

Candidates for Male Breast Reduction 

Ideal candidates for gynecomastia surgery are any male individual suffering from the increased breast tissue and fat in the chest leading to the appearance of large breasts. Any man seeking to reduce the size of their breasts and establish a more chiseled and flatter appearance is a candidate for male breast reduction. 

Male Breast Reduction Recovery 

Immediately following your procedure, you may feel some soreness that will last for a few days. You can take prescribed or over-the-counter medication to help manage the pain. Your bandages will be removed the day after surgery, but you will need to wait around 2 weeks to resume any exercise. Most patients return to work in around 3-7 days. 

Let Dr. Rocheford Help You 

Do you have questions about your procedure? Dr. Rocheford has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you. Some patients decide to combine their procedures with complementary treatments to enhance their results. Liposuction is a popular choice among male breast reduction patients in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Dr. Rocheford will develop a treatment plan customized to your needs.  

Schedule a Consultation 

If you’re ready to discuss your male breast reduction options, now is a great time to schedule your consultation with Dr. Heather Rocheford at our plastic surgery offices, serving the Twin Cities Metro area including St. Paul, Minneapolis, Woodbury, and beyond. Simply request a consultation online or call Rocheford Plastic Surgery at 651-739-1100 today to schedule your appointment. 

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Male Breast Reduction FAQ’s 

Can guys develop breasts? 

Yes, several factors, including weight gain, changes in hormone levels, and even certain medications can cause men to develop fatty or glandular tissue on their chest. 

Can gynecomastia be cured without surgery? 

Sometimes, especially in the case of young men going through puberty, gynecomastia will go away once the body’s hormone levels are back to normal. In other circumstances, the tissue can only be removed with surgery. 

Do you lose weight after breast reduction? 

Male breast reduction surgery is not a weight-loss procedure, although it can help some men resume a normal exercise routine if they stop due to the development of breast tissue. 

Does gynecomastia go away with weight loss? 

Male breast reduction can sometimes be achieved with weight loss, although if you are already at a healthy, stable weight, this may not be the case.

Patient Resources

Whether a new or returning patient, we have plenty of resources to either help you get started or learn more about the procedure process. From patient forms to blogs, we have all the resources you’ll need to prepare yourself for your appointment.

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