Male breast development can occur in many different degrees, anything from a fully developed breast to enlargement beneath the nipple. Treatment is considered after all medical conditions that may be responsible are ruled out. Surgery consists of either liposuction, excision of breast tissue, or a combination of the two. Recovery is about 2 weeks.


FAQs on Gynecomastia Excision
If you are considering gynecomastia excision / male breast reduction you should be in good overall health, a non-smoker and be close to your ideal weight. Individuals who drink alcohol in excess and who use certain illicit drugs are usually not good candidates for this surgery as these substances can sometimes cause gynecomastia / enlarged breasts in men. A private consultation with Columbus, Ohio board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Houser is the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for gynecomastia excision.
Gynecomastia / male breast enlargement can be caused by hormonal changes, heredity, some diseases, and the use of certain drugs.
Yes. Although this condition is bothersome and difficult for many men to discuss, it is actually a fairly common condition affecting an estimated 40%-60% of men. In some cases only one breast may be affected, in other cases, both breasts are affected.

Gynecomastia excision surgeries are a common procedure for Dr. Houser. He is experienced and skilled in the latest male breast reduction techniques. Dr. Houser is also active in resident education in Columbus, both at Ohio State University in the plastic surgery program, as well as in the general surgery program at Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

This depends largely on the surgical method and amount of tissue being removed. In some cases, the desired results can be achieved through liposuction alone which leaves a smaller scar. In other patients, breast tissue must be surgically removed often through an incision on the edge of the areola and from the sides and bottom of the breast. Dr. Houser will discuss this with you in depth at your private consultation. You will also be able to view before and after photos at your consultation with Dr. Houser.
Once it has been determined by a Pediatrician that there is no underlying medical cause for the condition, then a young man and his family may consider surgery. There is not necessarily a certain age, more a maturity level before undergoing surgery. Parents need to be sure that the child wants to have the surgery and not pushing surgery because of a perceived imperfection. Many young boys that are bothered by their appearance may refrain from taking their shirts off in public, avoid certain sports, or wear baggy clothes to hide their chest. Subtle signs like this may allow parents to begin a conversation about the condition and gauge his interest in seeing a doctor about correction.
In most patients the results of gynecomastia excision (male breast reduction) are permanent. However, significant weight gain and certain medical conditions can cause gynecomastia to return.