Almost 65% of men will develop excess breast tissue during their adolescence, a condition known as gynecomastia that results in an appearance similar to a female breasts. Often caused by a hormonal imbalance, steroids or medications with estrogen, gynecomastia can affect a man's confidence and make them embarrassed when they remove their shirts. Male breast reduction surgery for gynecomastia at Dr. Robert J Paresi, Jr. MD in Chicago, performed by plastic surgeon Dr. Paresi, uses liposuction and other techniques to remove the excess breast tissue and restore the chest to a more masculine contour. It is important for men to be at a healthy, stable weight before having breast reduction surgery since the procedure removes excess breast tissue and not excess fat.
"Gynecomastia surgery - My gynecomastia was causing problems with my long distance biking so I shopped around and settled on Dr. Paresi mostly because he had the nicest staff. Everything went smooth and I appreciated him being patient with my questions. Would highly recommend him."- S. / RealSelf / Dec 10, 2019
"Dr. Robert J Paresi is what you want in a plastic surgeon, professional and very knowledgeable, He was very attentive to me and my needs, pre and post surgery. It was a true pleasure every time we met. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking plastic surgery, especially if it’s in the same type as my procedure (Gynecomastia). The staff is beyond friendly, I am very pleased with my experience at Inside look Md of Chicago."- L.P. / Google / Mar 28, 2019
"I can’t say enough about Dr Paresi and staff. I came to home for gynecomastia surgery(male breast reduction) I was a complex case as I was quite large. I was concerned about any scarring that would result from the procedure. Dr Parsi came up with a plan and I had the surgery. It was done with minimal scarring. In time I healed and had too much excess skin as it’s hard to tell how a body will react to such a surgery. I was disappointed with the result but when I came in for a follow up Dr Paresi was unhappy as well he told me I needed a second surgery. I understood and asked what the cost would be. His replied there is no extra cost that he wanted the best result for me and it would not cost a thing. I had the second surgery and the results were great. I’m so glad I chose him to do my procedure. When researching doctors it’s hard to completely confident about your choice I’m very glad I put my trust in him."- J.L. / Google / Jan 02, 2021
"Dr. Paresi was very caring and patient - If your looking for a great doctor, with an amazing staff, and supreme results then I highly recommend Dr. Paresi. I had been wanting to have gynecomastia surgery for years, and I made sure to take my time in finding the right doctor. Dr. Paresi was very caring, patient, and interested in the results that I wanted. At my consultation, I was not rushed and he made sure to answer ALL of my questions in detail. The day of my procedure, Dr. Paresi and his staff made me feel extremely comfortable. I was handled with the utmost care from everyone. I am so amazed with my results and how well I was able to heal, taking the instructions from Dr. Paresi and his staff. I can not thank Dr. Paresi and his staff enough for making this a great experience for me."- R. / RealSelf / Jun 15, 2021
"I am one month post op from my Gynecomastia procedure and I can’t be more happier. From my initial free consultation, to the procedure, and post op, Dr. Paresi and his staff have been so caring and kind. I struggled with Gynecomastia ever since puberty and I am glad that I finally got around to getting this removed. One of the main reason I choose Dr. Paresi over other surgeons was his experience and his wonderful stuff. I would recommend Dr. Paresi to anyone who struggles with this condition, and getting this done brings so much confidence into my life."- A. / Google / Jul 01, 2021
Breast reduction surgery for men is done through a special liposuction technique. Some men with milder cases of gynecomastia may only require liposuction to attain good results. This is performed to remove the fatty tissue residing under the skin. During this approach, a small incision is made around the areola (intra-areolar). This allows access for a suction device to move through the chest and remove fat and tissue. In severe gynecomastia cases, an en bloc resection of excessive breast tissue and tightening of loose skin may be necessary. This includes nipple grafting and may require a staged surgery.
All male breast reduction procedures are performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure at an accredited surgical facility. The surgery typically lasts about an hour. Following surgery, there will be some swelling,ll not. and a compression garment should be worn for 1-2 weeks. Most patients are able to resume normal work schedules within a few days, and incorporate exercise within 4 weeks. This surgery allows men to feel more confident when exposing their chest due to a firmer, flatter chest. In most cases, scarring is inconspicuous.
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Male Breast Reduction FAQs
Will This Help my Pecs?
Every man is born with some soft tissue covering his pectoralis muscles. When this breast tissue overgrows into larger breasts, the pecs are often hidden. Through male breast reduction surgery, the excessive tissue is removed so the natural contour and shape of the chest wall can be seen. Men who wish to tone and strengthen their chest muscles will have equal opportunity to do so. Strength training will help lead to optimal results once this tissue has been removed.
Is Liposuction Always Needed?
In most cases, yes. The soft tissue and fat that collects in excess will need to be removed using liposuction. There are many liposuction techniques to consider. Some are less invasive and can help the skin become tighter on the chest wall. These methods can be discussed during your consultation.
What About Scarring?
Incisions for this surgery are well concealed. They are usually placed around or near the areola and are typically small enough that scarring is minimized. Over time, the incision lines will fade and become almost nonexistent for most men.