Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia), Portland, OR

Men, Do Enlarged Breasts (Man Boobs) Have You Down?

Men, are you tired of the way you look in a T-Shirt? Are you catching flack at the gym? Is your wife giving you a hard time about borrowing her bra?

Now you can improve your looks and confidence with Male Breast Reduction surgery. Do not be embarrassed about your condition. It is estimated that 40-60% of the male population suffer from enlarged breasts and a Gynecomastia procedure is the answer to your condition.

Male Breast Enlargement (Man Boobs) can be caused by many things. Liver problems, hormonal imbalances, steroids, alcoholism or heavy marijuana use.

Male breast reduction surgery (gynecomastia ) is to remove the enlarged male breasts.

It may be unilateral or bilateral. It is usually benign and may spontaneously resolve itself. However, those that persist into adulthood may need further workup to rule out malignancy or other treatable cause. Thus, a consultation with endocrinologist may be necessary before pursuing surgery.

Depending on the degree of enlarged breast tissues, surgery for removal of breast tissues may either be liposuction alone, or liposuction combination with direct excision of breast tissues.

The recovery and outcome is highly satisfactory, giving back the male chest appearance, which may improve one’s confidence.

Schedule Your Male Breast Reduction/Gynecomastia Consultation With Dr. Vu Today By Calling 503.601.2910 or Toll Free 866.297.8522.

This is a procedure covered by CosmetAssure. Learn how Dr. Vu protects you from any potential financial burden from complications by visiting our Complications Assurance page.


Male Breast Reduction Surgery – A Quick Glance

Who Is A Male Breast Reduction Surgery Candidate?

If you are a man who has excessively large breasts.
If you have excess or sagging tissue in your chest area after losing a large amount of weight.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Intended Results

A flatter chest with a more masculine contour.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Procedure Description

Excess breast tissue or fat can be removed with liposuction, excision, or a combination of both. Excess skin can be excised. The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia but can be done with sedation and local anesthesia.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Recuperation And Healing

  • You will go home several hours after surgery to be cared for by a friend or relative.
  • A compression vest or chest wrapping is usually indicated for a week or two after surgery to help reduce swelling.
  • Sutures are usually removed within 7-10 days after surgery.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Other Options

Additional procedures that will enhance the result are liposuction of excess fat in axilla (armpit area) or contouring and flattening of abdomen with liposuction and /or tummy tuck.

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Insurance Guidelines

  • This operation is occasionally covered by some, but not all, insurance companies.
  • Pre- approval or denial is obtained from your insurance carrier before surgery.


  • The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation.
  • All surgical procedures have some degree of risk.
  • Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally.
  • Major complications are unusual.

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Male Breast Reduction Surgery Potential Risks

No surgeries are performed without risks. Dr. Vu’s goal is to perform the planned procedure, take extra precaution during surgery, and most important of all is to be safe and yet achieve utmost optimal outcomes. Following are some of the potential risks that are commonly discussed about regarding reduction of gynecomastia for male patients.

A. Contour Abnormalities

Although Dr. Vu will make every effort to give you a “perfect” result, the area of excess tissue removal may end up with a contour that is slightly too high or too low.

You may feel the “edge” around the areolar dissection. Massage and time (4-6 months) usually eliminate or reduce this problem, if it occurs.

B. Reduced sensation of nipple

Any surgery of the breast can lead to reduced nipple sensation. Reduced sensation is usually temporary, but may take months to resolve. In unusual cases, some permanent loss of sensation may occur.

C. Recurrence of breast enlargement

This is uncommon, but can occur. If this happens, you may require further surgery later.

D. Seroma

A collection of fluid under the skin occurs occasionally during the postoperative period. Aspiration of the fluid with a needle is frequently helpful. Secondary surgery is rarely necessary.

E. Hardness within breasts

Postoperative scarring within the breast tissue may cause areas of hardness. Occasionally, areas of hardness, when discovered later may cause worries about cancer. Mammography or even biopsy are occasionally indicated.

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Male Breast Reduction Postoperative Care

Special attentions are placed during your postoperative period. Dr. Vu’s goal is to make sure that you are comfortable after you leave the surgery center, and have proper instructions how to take care of yourself in order for you to have a pleasant surgical experience

A. Drains

If the breast tissue has been excised, Dr. Vu will usually leave a drain in place for 3-6 days. The drain evacuates the fluid that accumulates after surgery and enables you to heal faster. When the drain is first put in place, the bulb at the end of the tube will be compressed to create gentle suction. As the fluid collects
in the bulb, the bulb will expand.

B. Dressings

Empty the suction bulb whenever it fills halfway, by opening the plug at the top and pouring out the contents.


Squeeze the bulb to recompress it, and put the plug back into the hole at the top in order to maintain the vacuum. If the bulb fills rapidly after emptying it, or you need to empty it more than three times a day, please call us at 503-601-2910.

If an Ace wrap or bandage has been wrapped around your chest, it will usually be removed during your first postoperative visit.

C. Showering and bathing

You may shower or bathe (even with the drain in place) 24 hours after surgery. If you have a bandage, call 503-601-2910 and ask the nursing staff or Dr.Vu for directions.

D. Activities

Gentle activities of daily living for the first 10 days. No aerobic exercise for at least 3 weeks. You may take gentle walks after 10 days.

E. Sun exposure

Your scars will be sensitive to the sun for the first year or more. Avoid sun exposure or use sun screen with an SPF of at least 15.

F. Swelling and bruising

The operative area will be swollen and will usually have an area of black and blue. All swelling may not disappear for about 6 months.

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Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation With Dr. Vu Today By Calling 503.601.2910 or Toll Free 866.297.8522.

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