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Male Breast Reduction

Sometimes, for various reasons, the male breast becomes fatty and begins to sag. Instead of a healthy masculine look, the man is left with an unhealthy, out of shape, feminine look. This condition of enlarged male breasts is called gynecomastia.

The condition is no reason to feel shame as it becomes more prevalent as men age and there muscle density decreases. It can also be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease or a side effect of certain drugs.

Surgical/Procedure name: Gynecomastia
Common name: Breast Reduction for Men, Breast Liposuction for Men, Male Breast Reduction, Male Breast Liposuction

Price (THB)

Starting from 99,000 THB upwards depending on the chosen Surgeon and Hospital.

Discounted 2nd Procedures

Liposuction, Abdominoplasty

Time Required

Time in Hospital: 1 to 2 nights
Min time in Thailand: 7 nights

Insurance Available

Yes – Dr Chartchai, Dr Oumyos

Is Surgery The Right Choice For Me?

In cases of people who are overweight, often weight loss can alter the gynecomastic condition, but for many others it does not eliminate it. For these people surgery is the only known physical remedy. Today gynecomastia can be effectively eliminated so that a man no longer has to be embarrassed to remove his shirt. It is important however for men with gynecomastia first to consult a physician to rule out any underlying health concerns.

A man who feels self-conscious about his breast area may want them reduced. The benefits of male breast reduction surgery are both physical and psychological. When a man is rid of unattractive, sagging breasts, his more defined pectoralis muscles, previously hidden, show through like they should. Shirts fit much better, and can even be fitted or body-hugging.

This breast reduction is permanent but its results may be compromised in significantly overweight men. If you are overweight, you should try to get within 15-20 kg (30-40 lbs) of your ideal body weight.

The procedure

Treatment depends on what is causing the problem. Treatment options can be any of the following:

    • Excess Fat – This is found in almost every gynecomastia patient. Excess fat is centered around the nipple/areola but usually involves the entire chest, and can usually be removed with liposuction (best coupled with VASER Lipolysis) alone. You can expect the skin to shrink back after the fat is removed and a good result is obtained.
    • Excess Fat and Breast Tissue – All men have breast tissue, the same breast tissue as women but less of it. In gynecomastia, the excess breast tissue typically is located right under the nipple/areola and is enlarged. Liposuction alone usually will not adequately remove this tissue. It needs to be surgically cut out.
    • Excess Fat, Breast Tissue, and Skin – As above, after the fat and breast tissue are removed, the skin usually will shrink back and a flat result will be obtained. There are times when the skin does not shrink back and it needs to be excised.


You will probably be very sore for the first week. You may experience some numbness. Bruising is normal and will subside in 2-4 weeks. Breast asymmetry is normal for the first 6 weeks.

Some men with sedentary jobs go back to work after 3 days. Most return to work in about one week. If your job requires lifting or significant arm movements, you may have to wait up to 2 weeks before returning to work. It can take 3-12 months for skin contraction to be complete.

possible complications

The most common complication after male breast reduction is asymmetry or incomplete removal of breast tissue. While all breasts have some asymmetry, in men this is not as noticeable as it is in women. A male breast reduction can correct asymmetry but it is unreasonable to expect both breasts to be identical.

With liposuction alone, loss of nipple sensation is unusual but possible and returns in a few months. With a surgical procedure, nipple sensation rarely returns. Other complications that must be considered are the risks of infection, wound healing problems, fluid or blood collection, and contour irregularities.

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