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Gynecomastia is a condition characterized by overly large male breasts, and it affects 40 to 60 percent of men. Although not often talked about, gynecomastia can have negative emotional and physical impacts on a man. Several factors can cause enlarged breasts in men, such as hormonal changes, weight gain, disease, heredity, or the use of certain drugs (prescription as well as alcohol or marijuana). Many men who suffer from gynecomastia can alleviate their troubles with surgery. Gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction surgery, is one of the most requested procedures by men. Dr. Taranow is a board-certified plastic surgeon and experienced in performing gynecomastia surgery. He can help men who have overly large breasts achieve a more muscular and masculine appearance.

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What to Expect From the Procedure

Dr. Taranow will evaluate your chest contours to discuss the best options to help you achieve your goals.


  • Male breast reduction is performed under IV sedation or general anesthesia.
  • The procedure takes one to two hours to perform.
  • Liposuction can be performed as a standalone procedure if excess fat and some glandular tissue are the cause of enlarged male breasts.
  • Excision involving a customized incision pattern is used if skin, fat, and glandular tissue need to be removed.
    • Excision can also be used to reduce the areolas (darker area around the nipples).
  • Small armpit incisions are closed using a single suture, and a compression wrap is applied.
  • Patients can return home one hour following the procedure.
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Gynecomastia Surgery FAQs

A: Swelling, bruising, and numbness are normal following the procedure. The support garment should be worn for at least two weeks. Patients can return to work within one week. Strenuous activity should be avoided for the first few weeks.
A: Gynecomastia surgery results are meant to be permanent. However, patients should maintain a stable weight and avoid medications or certain drugs (such as steroids, excessive alcohol, or marijuana) to ensure lasting results.
A: There is mild to moderate pain associated with gynecomastia surgery, although it can be controlled using prescribed pain medications. Minor pain several days later is treated with Motrin®/Aleve®/Advil®.
A: As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved with gynecomastia surgery, such as:
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Changes in chest sensation
  • Chest asymmetry
  • Anesthesia risks
A: The cost of gynecomastia surgery will depend on the surgical technique employed and the extent of tissue removal needed. Dr. Taranow can provide you with a better idea of what your procedure will cost during your consultation.

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Dr. Taranow is amazing; he’s just such a great doctor. He’s patient, understanding, listens to your concerns, gives great advice and is always there when you need to talk. I highly recommend him to all my friends. I guarantee all of his work, I’m already planning another procedure in the near future. Overall he is the BEST!!

Lynn S.

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