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Gynecomastia is the disproportionate development of breast tissue on the male chest. While Breast Reduction for Women is well known, Breast Reduction for Men is quietly becoming the most frequently requested cosmetic plastic surgery procedure by men.

Male Plastic Surgery

The top five cosmetic plastic surgeries for men are Liposuction, Rhinoplasty, Blepharoplasty, Male Breast Reduction and Otoplasty. Over the last 15 years, the number of Gynecomastia Reductions performed has doubled. Between 2011 and 2012, the increase in Male Breast Reduction was 29%. As the availability, safety and effectiveness of Gynecomastia Reduction becomes more widely known, the procedure is expected to become even more popular.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is most often a temporary swelling of the breasts that occurs early in puberty. Two-thirds of cases will resolve in 1-2 years, but residual swelling is very common and can be embarrassing, even in clothing. Gynecomastia is most often benign, but sometimes it is a sign of another more serious medical condition. If you have gynecomastia, be certain to get checked by your family physician.

Male Breast Reduction Video Presentation

Last month, on KRON4’s Body Beautiful, I had the opportunity to discuss, among other things, Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction with host Janelle Marie. Details about the indications for, and the procedures related to, gynecomastia reduction are discussed and illustrated with several sets of gynecomastia before and after pictures. Body Beautiful is a live show, so anyone watching can call in and have their questions answered. The (415) number shown during the broadcast is only for the live show, but if you have Gynecomastia Reduction Questions, call my San Francisco Bay Area Plastic Surgery office directly at (925) 943-6353.

Gynecomastia Reduction as seen on TV

Gynecomastia Before and After Picture

The amount of Gynecomastia can range widely. Gynecomastia can present as a small mass located behind the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple) causing a puffy nipple, or a D-cup leading to wearing layers of clothing, no mater how hot the weather. The before and after picture below is somewhere in between, and responded quickly to a combination of liposuction and excision.

Male Breast Reduction can have a significant impact in a man life.

Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Reduction) can have a significant impact in a man life.

The above is just one of the Gynecomastia Before and After Pictures shown in the Male Breast Reduction Video embedded above. Many Before and After Pictures can be viewed by following the links in the More Breast Reduction information section at the end of this post.

More Plastic Surgery Videos

Many hours of Plastic Surgery Videos are available on the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Blog. Many are also viewable on our Plastic Surgery Videos Page.

Links to the rest of this Body Beautiful television program are available below:

More Breast Reduction information

More Gynecomastia Reduction Information is available on line on my main web site,, and my breast specialty site, Feel free to use the contact form on the left to get answers to your Male Breast Reduction Questions, or give us a call at (925) 943-6353.

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