Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male breast reduction is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in males commonly known as gynecomastia. Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is called Reduction Mammaplasty. This procedure reduces male breast size and flattens and enhances the natural male chest contours.

Gynecomastia is characterized by excessive fatty tissue in the breast region or excessive glandular tissue development. Gynecomastia may be present unilaterally or bilaterally (both breasts) and is common in men of all ages.

Gynecomastia can cause a great deal of embarrassment for men. Once a definable medical reason for the condition is ruled out, surgical techniques can be applied to remove the excess breast fullness. Dr. Fernau is aware of this very sensitive issue and promises to treat each patient with the respect that they deserve.

Who May Benefit from Male Breast Reduction

Men in relatively good physical condition, who are unhappy with the size and proportions of the breast tissue on their chest, are excellent candidates for a Male Breast Reduction procedure in Pittsburgh.

A gynecomastia-reduction procedure is often sought to address the following:

  • Excessive breast tissue or skin on the male chest region.
  • Males who are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too large.

Recovery Periods for Gynecomastia Surgery

Recovery times for male breast reduction vary from patient to patient. All patients receive pre-operative packets and post-operative care instructions for their surgical procedure. To improve your recovery period and minimize any post-operative complications, it is important to fully disclose your medical history with Dr. Fernau during your initial consultation. It is also important for you to discuss any use of medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, and recreational substances. Dr. Fernau may wish to also discuss your physical health and any personal expectations or concerns you may have prior to your procedure.

After male breast reduction surgery, patients can expect an initial post-surgical recovery period between 24 and 48 hours. You will also require a reduced-activity period of a few days. During recovery, you will likely experience soreness and swelling. It is normal for these conditions to last for a few weeks. By following Dr. Fernau’s post-operative care instructions, you can mitigate post-operative complications and speed up your healing process.

Note: As part of the recovery process, Dr. Fernau offers four weeks of complimentary post-operative laser treatments until the scars are invisible.

Special instructions related to your individual procedure, regarding rest, special garments, returning to your place of business (or normal daily activity), sports or other physical activities, and exposure to sunlight and outdoor elements will be provided to you by Dr. Fernau.

For your convenience, Dr. Fernau is available at any time and can even be reached after hours. Each patient is given his personal cell phone number for any questions.

Learn More About Male Breast Reduction

For more information about Male Breast Reduction and other cosmetic surgery procedures, we invite you to call us at (412) 446-0391 — Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm — to schedule an appointment. You may also use the Contact Form page.

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