Male Breast Reduction - ISAPS

Male Breast Reduction

Reduces overly developed male breasts and nipples to provide a masculine chest appearance.


Male breast reduction surgery reduces overly developed male breasts and nipples using liposuction and/or by surgically removing excess glandular tissue.


Approximately one and one-half to three hours.


Either general anesthesia is used or intravenous sedation and local anesthesia are used.


This is an outpatient procedure.

Possible Side Effects

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness, soreness, and/or a burning sensation are possible.


Infection, fluid build-up, injury to the skin, rippling or looseness of the skin, asymmetry, pigmentation changes, excessive scarring if tissue was cut away, loss of nipple sensation, contour irregularities and in some instances the need for a second procedure to remove additional tissue is required.


The patient may go back to work after seven days. More strenuous activity may be resumed after two to three weeks. Most of the swelling and bruising will disappear after three to six months.


Permanent, although subsequent weight gain may cause the breast area to once again become larger.

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