When is Male Breast Reduction Surgery Necessary?


Gynecomastia is a medical condition marked by excess glandular tissue or fat deposits in the chest. Creating the appearance of female breasts, the condition can limit clothing options, detract from your physical efforts, and result in embarrassment – and oftentimes personal effort to address the problem will fail to produce results.

Gynecomastia is common in adolescence as hormone fluctuations peak. In these cases, the condition will typically self-correct. Some effort, such as eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise, may be needed to ensure a complete reduction in these cases. Those same efforts may not help at all, however, when the condition occurs in adulthood.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia may be a result of weight gain, hormone fluctuations, or genetics. The condition may also be related to drug and alcohol use, certain medications, anabolic steroids, and the simple process of aging. Understanding its cause may help to ensure the correct treatment.

Treating gynecomastia may involve lifestyle changes, such as becoming more active, along with healthy dietary choices. Neither of these need be extreme. If you struggle with finding foods or activities you enjoy, consider working with a nutritionist and/or personal trainer who can assist. June is Men’s Health Month and a great time to take steps like these that can help improve your physical and emotional health.

Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction becomes necessary when personal efforts, such as lifestyle changes, have failed to produce desirable results. With this procedure, excess fat and glandular tissue is removed from the chest, helping to define the pectoral muscles and restore a masculine appearance to the upper body.

Commonly performed on its own, male breast reduction may be complementary to additional body contouring options, such as liposuction of the flanks, arm lift, and abdominoplasty. During your one-on-one consultation at our East Greenwich office, Dr. Doyle can help you determine which procedures are ideal for your needs.

Please call the Centre for Aesthetic + Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule your consultation today. Located in East Greenwich, our board-certified plastic surgeon welcomes men living throughout Rhode Island.


Recovery from male breast reduction may take up to six weeks. During this time, it is important that you continue to follow all of the pre and postoperative directions provided by our office to help prevent complications and unsatisfactory results. Keeping your incisions dry and clean, minimizing activities, and giving yourself time to rest will all help to speed the recovery process, helping you return to “normal” in the fastest and most comfortable manner possible.

Will There be Pain?

Some swelling, bruising, and discomfort can be expected in the first days following male breast reduction surgery. Compression garments, daily walks, and the use of certain medications can help to address these issues and assist in producing optimal comfort during these first few days.

Most men are able to resume working in non-strenuous occupations within five to seven days. If your job requires heavy lifting or other activities that could separate incisions or irritate the surgical area, you will need to wait until you are given the okay by Dr. Doyle to resume duties. During your follow-up visits, Dr. Doyle will assess your progress and help you determine when it is safe to begin more demanding work responsibilities.

Weight lifting and progressive exercises will need to be avoided for four to six weeks. This helps to prevent certain complications and allows the body plenty of time to heal before demands are placed on the muscles. With effort, you will be able to enhance your results through targeted exercises, but these will need to wait until you have fully recovered.

We Are Here to Help

If you are considering male breast reduction surgery, we encourage you to call our office at 401-336-3770 and schedule a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon. During this visit, Dr. Doyle will listen to your concerns, evaluate the cause and extent of your gynecomastia, and provide actionable solutions designed to help you reach your goals.

Located in East Greenwich, we welcome men from all surrounding communities at the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery. Get in touch today to learn more.

June is Fresh Fruits and Veggies Month – and a good time to take a look at your current diet to see where it might be improved for a healthier and more attractive physique. Diets high in whole foods, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables, offer several benefits, including weight management, heart health, and decreased risks for diseases and disorders that can impact every part of your body. They also help ready the body for both surgical and non-surgical body contouring procedures.

Being close to a healthy BMI is important for many body contouring treatments. If you are considering a procedure but need to shed a few extra pounds first, taking up a healthy diet in combination with a rigorous exercise regimen is among the most effective ways to reach your goals. Maintaining these healthy lifestyle choices after body contouring is also important to help ensure your results continue to impress for years to come.

Body Contouring at the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle offers a range of body contouring procedures that can be used to address stubborn fat deposits and loose skin on nearly any area of the body. Among our most popular options are:

  • Liposuction. This procedure can be used to remove fat deposits from the entire body, helping to tone and trim each treatment area
  • Tummy Tuck Surgery. Used to remove excess skin from the abdominal area, tummy tuck surgery can also be used to reattach separated abdominal muscles
  • Lift Surgery. Arm lift and thigh lift can be used to remove loose and sagging skin from the body, helping to produce a firm and toned physique
  • Male Breast Reduction. This procedure removes unwanted fat and glandular tissue from the chest to restore a masculine appearance

In addition to these procedures, we offer non-surgical body contouring options such as Kybella® for the elimination of excess fat underneath the chin and Ultherapy® to gently lift and tighten skin following weight loss. During your initial consultation, Dr. Doyle will listen carefully to your concerns, assess your problem areas, and help you choose the best options for your needs.

Contact Us Today to Learn More!

Please contact the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule a consultation at our East Greenwich office today. We welcome patients from Exeter, Coventry, and all surrounding Rhode Island communities.

Does Gynecomastia Self-Correct

Gynecomastia is the medical name for male breasts. Common in puberty when hormone fluctuations can lead to the development of excess glandular tissue, gynecomastia is often self-correcting. In fact, the National Institutes of Health reports that up to 95% of gynecomastia cases that occur during puberty regress naturally within one to three years.

Pubescent gynecomastia may self-correct. So too might cases brought about by drug use. Steroids, certain prescription medications, and a host of illicit drugs – including marijuana – are linked to gynecomastia. In these cases, modifying your lifestyle may be all it takes to address the issue.

Lifestyle modifications are often a part of those gynecomastia cases that do not self-correct as well. These cases, which may be brought about by medication or drug use, hormone fluctuations, genetics, lifestyle choices, and weight fluctuations often require surgical assistance as well. This is where male breast reduction comes in.

What is Male Breast Reduction?

Male breast reduction is one of the most reliable ways to address gynecomastia. With this procedure, liposuction is used to gently remove stubborn fat deposits from the chest. If excessive glandular tissue is present, it too can be surgically removed, helping to restore a toned, defined, and masculine look to the upper body.

Following male breast reduction surgery, it is important that steps are taken to maintain a steady weight. This will require smart dietary choices and a healthy exercise routine. It is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise weekly along with muscle training and stretching. Increasing the amount of time spent on exercise or the intensity of your workouts can help to enhance your male breast reduction results as well as sculpting and toning the abdomen and arms, helping to produce a much shapelier appearance.

Would You Like to Learn More?

If you are struggling with gynecomastia and would like to learn more about male breast reduction, please call the Centre for Aesthetic & Reconstructive Surgery at 401-336-3770 to schedule your initial consultation today. Located in East Greenwich, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrea Doyle welcomes men with gynecomastia from all surrounding areas of Rhode Island.

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