Male Breast Reduction

Enlarged or puffy nipples and full breasts can be embarrassing to live with as a man, whether you’re wearing a shirt or going shirtless. While many men and adolescents suffer from these concerns—sometimes from a medical condition called gynecomastia—most don’t talk about it. Dr. George Pope is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who understands. He offers long-lasting relief through personalized male breast reduction procedures at Orlando Plastic Surgery Center.

What is gynecomastia?

The actual medical condition gynecomastia is usually caused by a hormone imbalance. It may resolve itself in some teens once puberty is complete. Often enlarged male breasts and areolas are a result of obesity, steroids, and certain medications.

What does male breast reduction do?

Dr. Pope performs male breast reduction to provide men and teenagers (who are at least 17) the following, life-changing benefits:

  • Creating firm, flat, masculine chest contours
  • Reducing enlarged or puffy areolas
  • Restoring confidence with or without a shirt

Because gynecomastia doesn’t always affect each breast equally, Dr. Pope can balance natural asymmetries during the surgery. Patients may also choose to address other areas such as “love handles” with liposuction during the same surgery.

Dr. George Pope

George Pope, MD, FACS

Dual Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Respected by patients and other physicians, Dr. Pope has been serving the Orlando area for over 30 years. Whether you're considering enhancement of your face, breasts, or body, he has the training, talent, and experience necessary to achieve the attractive results you want.

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How is male breast reduction performed?

Dr. Pope usually performs male breast reduction as an outpatient procedure in a private surgical center in the same building as his Orlando office. Anesthesia is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. He uses the following techniques:

  • Liposuction is used when the enlargement is mainly due to excess fatty tissue.
  • Surgical excision removes firm, fibrous glandular tissue from behind the areola, reduces enlarged areolas, and tightens lax skin. Incisions are usually placed around the edge of the areola and occasionally along the lower chest contour.
  • A combination of excision and liposuction.

With any plastic surgery, discretion is important; this is especially true with male breast reduction. Dr. Pope takes care to make incisions as small and as inconspicuous as possible to minimize scarring.

What is gynecomastia surgery recovery like?

In most cases, recovery is quite short after male breast reduction; however, each person and each surgery is unique. It is normal to develop swelling and bruising that lasts approximately 2 to 3 weeks. Patients are usually are back at work in just a couple of days. Complete recovery may take a month or more, but patients are usually able to resume many normal activities during this time. It’s especially important to avoid sun exposure to the chest for the first 12 months to avoid causing the scars to darken as they are healing.

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How long will it take to see my final results?

Chest contours typically settle into their final shape within 3 months as swelling dissipates. It takes approximately 6 months for the incisions to fade to white.

What’s my next step?

Are you ready to discover the difference 30 years of dedicated experience as a plastic surgeon can make in your care and results? Request a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. George Pope using our online form or call Orlando Plastic Surgery Center at (407) 857-6261 for an appointment.



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