Gynecomastia Surgery

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Newport Beach, Orange County & the Greater Los Angeles Area of California

If you have excessive male breast tissue, you are not alone. This is a common condition called gynecomastia, and it affects approximately 40-60% of American men. It’s normal to feel embarrassed by this condition, especially in situations where you would normally be shirtless, such as with a romantic partner, at the gym or by the beach. If you would like to eliminate the self-consciousness associated with gynecomastia, Dr. Richard Lee can help.

Dr. Lee can perform male breast reduction to restore a more appropriate breast size. For men with gynecomastia, this can be a life-changing procedure that will boost your confidence in many social situations. For this reason, male breast reduction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures requested by men.


You can find out whether you are a candidate for male breast reduction surgery and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Lee in person. Please call 949-548-9312 today to schedule your consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine and throughout Orange County, California.

Dr. Richard Lee is a board-certified plastic surgeon who understands what a sensitive issue gynecomastia can be for men. He is committed to providing you with compassionate care, and he has the skills and experience to deliver the beautiful, natural looking results you deserve.

What is Gynecomastia?

man with gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts)Gynecomastia is a condition that results in the development is enlarged male breast tissue. It commonly develops during puberty, and it often resolves on its own as you go through adolescence and enter adulthood. However, for some men, gynecomastia will persist into adulthood.

There are many potential causes of gynecomastia, including:

  • Hormonal imbalance (excess estrogen production or lack of testosterone production)
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Dietary supplements
  • Obesity
  • Consumption of certain prescription medications
  • Drug use, particularly heroin or marijuana
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver disease
  • Graves’ disease
  • Estrogen-producing tumors

Many men with gynecomastia struggle to achieve a more masculine physique through diet and exercise alone. If you have put in the hard work through your fitness efforts to improve the appearance of your chest area and still have excessive breast tissue, plastic surgery may be an ideal solution to address the condition.

Am I a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Most healthy men who experience gynecomastia are good candidates for male breast reduction surgery. In addition, ideal candidates:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Maintain a normal, healthy weight for their body type
  • Don’t smoke or are willing to quit prior to surgery and throughout recovery

If you are overweight, Dr. Lee May recommend that you change your diet and exercise regimen in order to achieve your target weight before you consider surgery. Often, this may help improve the condition.

You should also consult your doctor to make sure your condition is not being caused by the use of certain medications or one of the health conditions discussed above. In these situations, treating the health condition or discontinuing the use of certain medications may eliminate gynecomastia without the need for surgery.

Ultimately, the best way to truly determine if gynecomastia surgery is right for you is to speak with Dr. Lee in person. During your consultation, he will listen carefully to your goals and evaluate the condition of your breasts in order to recommend the ideal treatment plan for your unique needs.

Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure

Your gynecomastia surgery will be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Depending on your unique situation, Dr. Lee may recommend one of the following male breast reduction techniques:

  • Liposuction – If you have good skin tone and your condition mainly consists of excess fat, Dr. Lee can perform liposuction to remove the excess fat cells and restore a more masculine breast appearance.
  • Excision – If excess skin or thick glandular tissue is present, Dr. Lee may cut the tissue away. Excision is most commonly performed through the nipple or under the breast.
  • Combined approach – If you experience excess fat and thick glandular tissue, Dr. Lee can address both of these issues by using a technique that combines the liposuction and excision methods.
male breast reduction before and after photos

View our before and after gallery to see the results that can be achieved with male breast reduction surgery.

Recovery after Gynecomastia Surgery

It is common to experience some mild bruising and swelling after male breast reduction surgery. Dr. Lee will give you an elastic pressure garment to wear that will help reduce this swelling. In most cases, swelling should subside after about two weeks.

You may also experience some mild discomfort for a few days. This will subside as you begin to heal, and it can be managed with prescription pain medication.

Dr. Lee recommends that you begin walking around as soon as you feel up to it in order to facilitate blood flow and reduce the risk of clotting. You can generally resume most normal activities, including returning to work, after your first week of recovery. However, it’s important that you avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for about one month. Dr. Lee will closely monitor your recovery, and he’ll advise you as to when it is safe to start exercising again.

Contact our Newport Beach Plastic Surgeon

If you are interested in male breast reduction surgery, please contact Dr. Richard Lee using the form on this page or call 949-548-9312 today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange County and throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.