Gynecomastia Surgery

Plastic Surgeon & Medical Spa Serving Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana & Nearby Areas of Orange County, California

As a man, it can feel embarrassing to experience excess breast tissue. But you are not alone. Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breast tissue. Male breast reduction surgery is among the most popular plastic surgery procedures for men. 

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Lee understands what a sensitive issue this can be for men, and he has the knowledge, skill and experience necessary to ensure your results are attractive and natural-looking.

To learn more about male breast reduction surgery and your candidacy for the procedure, please contact Richard H. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery today by completing the form or calling 949-548-9312 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Dr. Lee helps men from across California, including Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles area.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a medical condition that affects nearly half of the male population. It is defined by the presence of male breast tissue which causes men to develop enlarged breasts, or “man boobs.”

Gynecomastia frequently develops during puberty. In these cases, the issue often resolves on its own as adolescent males enter adulthood, eliminating the need for treatment. However, there are certain factors that can cause gynecomastia to occur or persist into adulthood. Some of these causes can include:

  • Natural hormone changes 
  • Certain health conditions
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Dietary supplements
  • Obesity
  • Certain cancer treatments
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Certain illicit street drugs
  • Liver disease
  • Grave’s disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Estrogen-producing tumors

Many men with breasts struggle to achieve a more masculine physique by making changes to their diet and exercise routine. If you have done everything you can to improve the appearance of man boobs but still haven’t seen the results you want, male breast reduction surgery may be the ideal solution for you.

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Right for Me?

before and after gynecomastia surgery | Richard H. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery
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Most healthy men who experience gynecomastia symptoms are candidates for male breast reduction surgery. Ideal results are achieved by healthy men with firm, elastic skin. If you are overweight, Dr. Lee may recommend improving your diet and exercise regimen before considering surgery.

Generally speaking, you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery if you:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Don’t smoke or are willing to quit
  • Maintain a normal weight for your body type
  • Have good skin elasticity
  • Have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery

The only way to truly determine if gynecomastia surgery is right for you is to meet personally with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Lee. During your personal consultation, Dr. Lee will work to understand your unique goals and physicality. He will determine if you are a good candidate for gynecomastia treatment and explain your options and what to expect from the procedure.

Your Male Breast Reduction Procedure

While no two patients, conditions or treatment plans are identical, there are three common surgical approaches to male breast reduction, which are:

  • 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.
  • Liposuction: If your condition involves mostly fat with good skin tone, liposuction alone may be able to produce the desired outcome. During liposuction treatment, a small device called a cannula is used to break apart excess fat cells and remove them with suction.
  • Combined approach: In some cases, the best way to achieve optimal results is through a combined approach. By utilizing both the excision and liposuction techniques, Dr. Lee can effectively address both excess glandular tissue and excess fat.

Schedule Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery Consultation Today

To find out if you are a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery, please contact Richard H. Lee, MD Plastic Surgery online or at 949-548-9312 today to schedule your free consultation. Dr. Lee helps men from across California, including Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana, Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles area.