Male Breast Reduction

Enlarged male breasts, sometimes called “man boobs,” can be caused by a condition called gynecomastia. While medically harmless, the cosmetic effects of gynecomastia can directly impact a man’s self-image, causing him to be embarrassed about his appearance. Male breast reduction can sculpt the chest to create a more masculine, fitter-looking result.

Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Bob Basu frequently performs male breast reduction surgery for men in Houston and beyond. His careful attention to the human form and extensive experience performing plastic surgery for men make him a top choice in Texas for cosmetic procedures for the face and body.

Contact us online or call our office today at 713-799-2278 to schedule a consultation at Basu Plastic Surgery, conveniently located in two centers throughout Houston.

Why Consider Male Breast Reduction?

There are a number of reasons for men to consider male breast reduction:


Gynecomastia and pseudo-gynecomastia affect nearly 40 percent of men in the United States. True gynecomastia is caused by a hormonal imbalance that leads the male breasts to store a disproportionate amount of fatty tissue. Pseudo-gynecomastia is a cosmetic concern characterized by the body storing fat in the male chest.

The condition tends to peak during adolescence due to changes in hormonal activity that occur during puberty. The prevalence of enlarged male breasts peaks again in men between the ages of 50 and 80. Men who are overweight or have struggled with obesity are more likely to have enlarged male breasts. A history of cancer, liver disorders or the use of certain drugs (such as anabolic steroids, alcohol or estrogen medications) can also contribute to gynecomastia.

Chest Sculpting

Men who don’t suffer from true gynecomastia but would like to tone up their appearance can also benefit from male breast reduction, as the liposculpting procedure can enhance chest definition for a more contoured, improved look.

Whether you’re seeking a solution for gynecomastia or you simply want a more chiseled chest, male breast reduction can create a sculpted, masculine appearance, so you can feel more confident with your body.

How Much Does Male Breast Reduction Cost?

The exact costs of male breast reduction vary depending on the practice and whether you are combining male breast reduction with any other procedures. Your total costs will include facility and anesthesia fees, as well as your pre-op and post-op appointments.

At Basu Plastic Surgery, we offer frequent special promotions for a variety of cosmetic procedures. We also connect men and women with plastic surgery financing options to help make their procedure as affordable as possible.

Your Gynecomastia Treatment Options

Once you’ve made the decision to move forward with male breast reduction, you’ll have a few options to consider to achieve the best results.

For men who are significantly overweight, Dr. Basu may recommend adopting a weight loss program, including a healthy diet and exercise, before undergoing the procedure. In some cases, especially where the excess breast tissue is mostly fat, men may find that they do not need the procedure after reaching a healthy weight.

However, many men who lose weight continue to struggle with unwanted fat deposits in the chest and elsewhere. For these men, Dr. Basu can recommend a customized post-weight loss body contouring plan to reveal the slimmer figure underneath surface pockets of fat.

Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery

During your initial consultation, Dr. Basu will discuss each your cosmetic goals and concerns, helping you understand how the procedure can help. He will explain the details of surgery as well as any other treatments that may assist you in meeting your ideal outcome.

During the procedure, Dr. Basu removes any excess fat, skin or glandular tissue to create a more naturally masculine chest contour. He will accomplish this by performing liposuction, tissue excision or a combination of techniques depending on your individual needs. Some people require only liposuction using very small incisions, while others may need more extensive removal of skin and glandular tissue. Depending on the extent of surgery, Dr. Basu can perform your male breast reduction or chest sculpting procedure using general or local anesthesia.

Your Recovery & Results

Male Breast Reduction Before and After

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Following your surgery, some degree of swelling, bruising and discomfort is to be expected for the first days of your recovery. These symptoms can be managed with pain medication. Dr. Basu may ask you to wear a compression garment for the first few weeks following surgery to minimize swelling and help maintain the new chest contour. Scars from the incisions are usually placed discreetly and will fade over time.

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Schedule Your Consultation

To take the first step toward achieving your ideal physique with male breast reduction, contact us online or call our Houston office today at 713-799-2278.