Male Breast Surgery (gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia, or overdeveloped male breasts, can occur in men of any age as a result of hormonal changes, health conditions, or use of certain types of drugs. Male breast reduction surgery can help improve self-image and restore the ability to lead a confident, comfortable lifestyle.


Male breast reduction surgery reduces enlarged breasts using liposuction, or by cutting out excess glandular tissue. Usually performed as an outpatient procedure, gynecomastia surgery lasts an hour or more, under general or local anesthesia. The surgery is sometimes covered by medical insurance; the staff at Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery can help you navigate through this process. Just like any other surgical procedure, male breast reduction entails certain risks, inducing infection, fluid accumulation, injury, rippling, or bagginess of the skin, asymmetry, or pigmentation changes (which may become permanent if exposed to sun). You may also experience excessive scarring if tissue was cut away. Some cases may require a second procedure to remove additional tissue.


Male breast reduction patients can return to work within 3 to 7 days after surgery, but should avoid strenuous activity for 2 to 3 weeks. Swelling and bruising is normal, and may take 3 to 6 months to disappear completely. Other temporary side effects may include numbness, soreness, or burning sensations. Find out if you’re a candidate for gynecomastia surgery! Contact us to set up a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon.