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Male Breast Reduction for a Firm Chest

Healthy muscular young man. Isolated on white background. Men who are unable to reduce the size of their breasts through diet, exercise, or other non-surgical means may be good candidates for male breast reduction surgery at our Lafayette office. Dr. Louis Mes performs gynecomastia surgery to remove excess or overdeveloped breast tissue and create a smoother, more masculine look. To learn more about male breast reduction or schedule a consultation with Dr. Mes, contact our office today.

Who Is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction?

There are several causes of unwanted breast tissue in men, including:

  • Obesity , in which excess fat builds up in breast tissue and other areas of the body.
  • Changing hormone levels , which often occurs during puberty or after the age of 50 due to andropause, in which male hormone production decreases.
  • Hyperthyroidism , in which the thyroid produces an excess of certain hormones, causing breast tissue to swell.
  • A side effect of medications , such as antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and heart medications.
  • Liver cirrhosis , in which scar tissue builds up and prevents the proper flow of hormones throughout the body.
  • Kidney failure ; the hemodialysis used to treat this condition can disrupt hormone production.
  • Malnutrition . Starvation can interfere with hormone production and cause swelling.

To be a good candidate for male breast reduction, you should:

  • Have attempted to reduce the size of your breasts through proper exercise and nutrition or hormonal treatment.
  • Be in overall good health and capable of going under anesthesia.
  • Have stabilized breast tissue development.
  • Have realistic expectations for the results of your surgery.
  • Not be allergic to the anesthetic used during the procedure.
  • Have stopped smoking and taking NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) several weeks before your surgery.

The Procedure

Dr. Mes performs male breast reduction surgery under a combination of intravenous sedation and local anesthesia or general anesthesia. He will use one of two methods to reduce the size of your breasts.

If glandular tissue has developed due to hormonal imbalances, he will remove the tissue by making an incision around your areola and extracting tissue with a surgical instrument.

For patients with an accumulation of fat in their breasts, Dr. Mes may recommend liposuction. Using a saline solution and repetitive movement, he will fragment fat cells and suction them out of the breast.


Dr. Mes will prescribe antibiotics and painkillers to reduce the risk of infection and keep you comfortable. Typically, patients experience mild to moderate discomfort for several days following surgery. We recommend that you refrain from heavy lifting for one month.

Surgical Risks

Dr. Mes will discuss the risks and potential complications of male breast reduction with you at your initial consultation. These may include:

  • Bleeding and blood clotting
  • Asymmetrical or irregular breast shape
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Seroma
  • Consistent pain
  • Adverse or allergic reaction to anesthesia or surgical tools
  • Loss or change of sensation in breast, areola, and nipple tissue
  • Infection
  • Fat necrosis
  • Unflattering scarring
  • The potential need for revision procedures

Experience a Masculine Upper Body

Contact our office today to learn more about this procedure.