About Male Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery for males with Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue).  Males that think their breast are big and aren’t happy with them and want a more masculine look also undergo the surgery. The procedure results with a firmer and flatter chest with a more masculine contour. During the surgery excess breast tissue is removed and remaining tissues are sculpted to make a more masculine look.

Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Male breast reduction usually takes about 2 hours. The surgery is done using general anesthesia but if preferred by the surgeon, then local anesthesia can be used with sedation. The surgical technique used will depend on the amount and composition of excess breast tissue. The most common techniques used are

If an excision technique is used, the incision will be made either on the edge of the areola or in the armpit. The incisions will allow the surgeon to remove excess glandular tissue, fat and skin to sculpt the chest into a more masculine silhouette. If there is a significant amount of excess fat, then it will be removed with Liposuction. Once the breast tissue is removed the incisions will be closed with sutures.

Suitable Patients for a Male Breast Reduction

Breast reduction surgery is suitable for patients who are

  • Healthy and emotionally stable
  • At their ideal weight
  • Affected by Gynecomastia on one or on both breasts
  • Over the age of 18 – breasts have to be fully developed so patients are advised to wait after puberty

Before Male Breast Reduction

• Patients must quit smoking at least 2 weeks before the surgery

• Medication and herbal supplements must be quitted from 2 weeks before the surgery

• Alcohol must be avoided a week before the surgery

• Patients must not use make up, cream, lotion, hair gel, spray, powder or deodorant.

After Male Breast Reduction

• As the anesthesia wears off, the patient will feel tired, groggy or nauseous. Usually patients can return home the same day as the surgery but will need someone to assist them.

• Stitches will be removed after a week from the surgery.

• There will be some discomfort felt around the chest area.

• Patients must follow a balanced diet and keep hydrated.

• Smoking and alcohol must be avoided for at least 2 weeks after the surgery.

• Patients must start walking as soon as possible to reduce swelling.

• Sexual activity must be avoided for at least 1 to 2 weeks after the surgery.

• Bending and heavy lifting is restricted.

• Compression garment must be worn after the surgery until the surgeon advises.

Risks of Male Breast Reduction

Like every surgery male breast reduction has some mild risks as well such as

  • Scaring around the incision
  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness / loss of sensation


General anesthesia – variety of medications given to ensure unconsciousness, loss of control of reflexes. The patient is put to sleep to not feel any pain or discomfort.

Liposuction – cosmetic treatment done to improve the appearance of the body by removing the fat from the body using suction

Sutures – also called stitches, used to hold the tissues together

Incision – surgical cut made in the skin during surgery or treatment

Local anesthesia – induces absence of sensation to a specific part of the body

First day of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The patients will attend a consultation with the surgeon and will be advised about the procedure and their condition. The patient will then be taken through a couple of tests that are required before the surgery. If desired, patients can spend the day to rest and attend the hospital the next day.

Second day of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male breast reduction surgery will be performed. The surgery will be performed using general anesthesia. The surgery will take around 2 hours to perform. Once the surgery is over the patient will be taken to a private room where they will be staying for resting. The surgeon will perform a check up and if they are approved to be in a good, healthy condition and the surgery results are all successful; the patients are advised with post treatment care requirements and are ready to be discharged from hospital to their settlements.

Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth day of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Patients are advised to continue resting at their settlements. Patients are able to go on little tours around the city if they are feeling better and carry on taking their medications correctly.

Seventh day of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Patients will attend a post surgery appointment for a final check up and consultation. The bandages will be removed and the patient will be advised on further medication. If everything is right then the patient is ready to return to their destination.


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What is Male Breast Reduction?

Breast reduction is a cosmetic surgery for males with Gynecomastia (enlarged breast tissue). Males who think their breast are big and aren’t happy with them and want a more masculine look also undergo the surgery to improve the look of their breasts.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the swelling of the breast tissue in boys or men caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone.

How long does Male Breast Reduction surgery take?

The surgery usually takes about 2 hours and usually done with general anesthesia.

How long do I need to stay at hospital?

The surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis so the patient is sent home a few hours after the surgery.

How long do I need to stay in Turkey?

The recommended stay in Turkey for Male Breast Reduction is 7 days including consultation before the surgery and after the surgery.

When can I return to work?

Patient can return to work after a couple of days from the surgery but it is advised for patients to return to work after 1 week from the surgery.

Devices used in Male Breast Reduction

There are no special technical devices used in a Male Breast Reduction surgery.

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