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Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

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Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Up to half of all men will experience gynecomastia. This medical condition occurs when male breasts become enlarged. Gynecomastia surgery can achieve a flatter, more masculine chest that restores confidence. This procedure removes excess fat or breast tissue to reduce unwanted volume and produce a more sculpted shape. 

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the medical term for enlarged male breasts. The excess volume may come from fat, breast tissue, or both. Causes of gynecomastia include hormones, weight changes, medications, and several other factors. Gynecomastia often appears during puberty due to hormonal effects but can develop at any age. This condition can have a significant impact on your self-esteem. 

What is Gynecomastia Surgery or Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia surgery is also called male breast reduction. Dr. Tenley Lawton specializes in customizing your gynecomastia surgery to achieve your desired results. If you have excess fat in your enlarged breasts, she will often use liposuction to remove it. If you have excess breast tissue, she will use an excision-based approach. This technique also allows her to resize or reposition the areolas and nipples. Many gynecomastia surgeries use both liposuction and excision. 

Am I a Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

Most men affected by gynecomastia can benefit from male breast reduction. Good candidates for gynecomastia surgery meet these criteria:

  • No health problems that would affect healing
  • No smoking
  • Reasonable expectations
  • A positive attitude
  • Concrete, realistic goals

Good candidates for gynecomastia have excess breast volume that does not respond to other types of correction. For example, removing potential causes like medications may resolve the problem without surgery. In many cases, gynecomastia has no obvious cause and is only treatable with surgery. 


The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Lawton or one of our trusted providers at Tenley K Lawton M.D. in Neport Beach, CA. Simply fill out the form on this page and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your appointment.

What are the Benefits of Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia surgery improves the appearance of your chest, but this results in a range of other benefits. Some of the best reasons to have this procedure include the following:

Improved Self-Esteem

Men with gynecomastia often feel self-conscious and reluctant to enjoy life fully. Gynecomastia surgery lets you feel better about yourself. You will feel more confident and prepared to try things where you might have hesitated before.

More Freedom

If your gynecomastia holds you back from your favorite activities, surgery will let you enjoy them without limits. This procedure may suit you if you have hesitated to join an activity because of gynecomastia. 

More Options

A flatter, more masculine chest opens up a wider range of clothing options and activities. Choose tops that suit your style instead of hiding your male breasts. Get the confidence to go to the gym or start a new exercise routine. 

What is Recovery Like From Gynecomastia Surgery?

A compression garment will support and protect your chest immediately after surgery and for several days afterward. You will experience some bruising and swelling, although the extent depends on the type of surgery performed. Most people can return to work in one to two weeks. You can resume light exercise after four weeks and more strenuous activities after six weeks. 


*Individual Results May Vary


Dr. Lawton strives to provide the best experience for everyone who chooses her practice for their aesthetic needs. Read why our patients love their results & experience with Dr. Lawton and her team of expert providers.

Take the Next Step

Would you like to learn more about gynecomastia surgery? Simply fill out the form on this page or call Tenley K. Lawton, M.D. at (949) 640-0999 to schedule your consultation with Board-Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tenley Lawton. Proudly serving Newport Beach and the greater Orange County, CA, area.

*Individual Results May Vary.

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