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Gynecomastia & Male Breast Reduction in Phoenix, AZ

Men with enlarged breasts, also called "man boobs", can suffer from years of teasing, affecting them mentally and emotionally. Male breast reduction can give men the self-confidence they deserve to take back their life. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Larry C. Leverett serves patients in or around the Greater Phoenix area, such as Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert, who suffer from gynecomastia.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical condition in which males develop abnormal mammary glands or fatty breast tissue causing the breasts to appear large and feminine. Gynecomastia can affect men of any age but appears most often during puberty.

How Much Does Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia Cost?

The cost for male breast reduction varies depending on the extent of surgery. To help make male breast reduction more affordable to his patients, Dr. Leverett offers financing through CareCredit® and Prosper Healthcare Lending. Our office also accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash and cashier’s checks.

Benefits of Male Breast Reduction

Young boys can endure a lifetime of teasing because of overly large breasts. Male breast reduction surgery can give men their confidence back, allowing them to go shirtless without any worry. Other benefits of male breast reduction include:

  • Higher self-esteem
  • Eliminates discomfort in the back, chest, and shoulders
  • Clothes fit better
  • Creates a more masculine physique

Good Candidates for Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia

If you are self-conscious about your chest and have had no luck minimizing your breasts through diet and exercise, you may be a good candidate for male breast reduction.

What Happens During Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A combination of liposuction and tissue excision may be used to reduce breast size. A small incision is made either under the areola or under the arm to remove excess tissue and fat. Larger reductions require bigger incisions to allow for tissue removal.

Recovery after Male Breast Reduction

Most men feel sore and swollen after male breast reduction. They may even experience some bruising. You may need to wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and aid in proper healing. You should avoid strenuous activities for at least two to three weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is gynecomastia?
The gynecomastia procedure is performed with monitored anesthesia care, keeping patients safe and comfortable throughout the duration of the surgery. Any pain associated with gynecomastia surgery occurs during the recovery process, primarily within the first week or two of treatment. While some side effects can persist for several weeks, most painful symptoms should subdue after this initial recovery period. Typically, this pain will consist of tightness, swelling and discomfort in the chest. After your surgery, we’ll provide you with a prescription for pain medication as well as thorough recovery guidelines. By taking medication as advised and adhering to these recovery guidelines, patients can enjoy a more comfortable healing process and an accelerated recovery.
Do I need to lose weight before gynecomastia surgery?
It may not be necessary to lose weight before gynecomastia surgery, as in many cases, the symptoms of gynecomastia are caused by breast tissue and not fat. However, if you are experiencing gynecomastia symptoms in addition to excess fat in and around the chest, losing weight before your surgery can help improve your results. By losing weight naturally, the gynecomastia surgery will be more effective in helping patients achieve their desired cosmetic goals. During your consultation, Dr. Leverett will advise you on whether prior weight loss will be effective or even necessary.
What are some ways to get rid of my man boobs?
If you are struggling with man boobs, there are a few strategies to consider before pursuing gynecomastia surgery. First, we recommend trying diet and exercise to address extra breast tissue. By maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, patients can lose weight in and around the chest to enhance the contours of the body. Furthermore, building muscle in the chest can help enhance the contours of the chest and create a more masculine appearance. If these efforts fail to produce the results you desire, it’s possible that your feminine chest is caused by excess breast tissue, and not simply fat. In these cases, you may be suffering from gynecomastia. If gynecomastia is determined to be the cause of your puffy chest, gynecomastia surgery can be an effective solution.
If you suffer from gynecomastia, you are not alone. Male breast reduction can help you get rid of your man boobs and give you a flatter, toned chest. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Larry C. Leverett of Body By Leverett helps men in and around the Greater Phoenix area, such as Ahwatukee, Chandler, Glendale, Maricopa County, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Gilbert, obtain the chest they deserve. Contact our office today to find out more about male breast reduction and gynecomastia.