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Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction is an advanced treatment option designed to correct gynecomastia, a common condition that afflicts many men and often begins in adolescence. Gynecomastia results in breasts that appear enlarged or overly developed. The condition can be a source of embarrassment and low self-esteem. Oftentimes, patients suffering from gynecomastia feel uncomfortable wearing fitted clothing or removing their shirts at the pool or beach. Male breast reduction is a cosmetic procedure performed by Midland plastic surgeon Kevin Cook, MD, in his Midland, TX, office. It can reduce excess fat and/or tissue and give the chest a flatter, recontoured appearance.

Male Breast Reduction at Midland Plastic Surgery Center

What Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia treatment, is a procedure designed to correct the symptoms associated with gynecomastia. Techniques can vary depending on the particulars of the patient’s treatment plan, but liposuction and glandular tissue excision are the most common approaches. Only certain types of fatty tissue can be removed via liposuction, and Dr. Cook will review the best options for you during your initial consultation. Gynecomastia can be caused by genetic factors, recent weight loss, certain drugs and medications, a hormonal imbalance, or other issues. As part of the consultation, Dr. Cook will speak with you about the potential factors that may have led to the development of gynecomastia in your case.

Gynecomastia Vs. Pseudogynecomastia

While many people use the term gynecomastia as a catch-all for male breast enlargement, this condition specifically refers to excess glandular (breast) tissue in the male chest. Some individuals may also have fatty tissue in this area, or they may only have fatty tissue in this area. In those cases, the condition is known as pseudogynecomastia. The types of tissue present will determine which technique can provide the optimal outcome. Dr. Cook will evaluate your concerns and discuss your goals to arrive at the best possible treatment plan for your needs.

Male Breast Reduction Benefits

Male breast reduction can address the effects of gynecomastia with successful results. Benefits of male breast reduction include:

  • Removal of excess breast tissue

  • Elimination of excess fatty tissue

  • Improvement of chest definition and contours

  • Increased self-confidence


Dr. Cook can custom-tailor male breast reduction procedures, taking into account your unique needs and aesthetic concerns. During your initial, confidential consultation, Dr. Cook will examine your medical history, review surgical expectations, and determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure. These consultations are completely private, and Dr. Cook encourages you to ask any questions you may have. He will discuss all aspects of the procedure with you and carefully listen to your concerns so that you can make the best possible decisions about your body and your health.

Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Gynecomastia can be characterized by excess fat, skin, and/or glandular tissue. Your specific condition will allow Dr. Cook to determine the best technique for your needs. Male breast reduction surgery usually takes about one to two hours to complete. Typically, small incisions will be discreetly made in the armpit or around the areolas, and the excess fat or tissue will be removed. Liposuction may also be utilized to remove excess fat pockets. Dr. Cook is experienced with male breast reduction procedures and will work diligently to ensure that any residual scarring is barely noticeable.

Male Breast Reduction Recovery and Results

After male breast reduction surgery, you will likely experience some soreness, swelling, or bruising. Any post-operative discomfort can be managed with oral pain medication. Dr. Cook typically has patients wear a compression vest in the weeks following the surgery to facilitate healing. Patients are also advised to avoid heavy lifting or strenuous exercises for several weeks. Most patients can return to normal daily activities a few days after the procedure.

Male Breast Reduction Cost

Dr. Cook customizes each male breast reduction procedure to meet the unique needs and expectations of the patient. As a result, there is no set cost for the procedure. Many factors can impact the price of the surgery, including the volume of breast removed, anesthesia, hospital fees, and whether or not liposuction is used during the procedure. At the end of your initial consultation, Dr. Cook can provide you with an accurate quote for the cost of your breast reduction based upon your custom-tailored surgical plan. Some patients may benefit from our plastic surgery financing options, which can offer qualified patients low monthly payments with little to no interest. To learn more about how you can finance your male breast reduction with these options, please contact a member of our staff today.

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