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How Long Does Gynecomastia Last?

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How Long Does Gynecomastia Last?

Surgery for gynecomastia can be of greater importance in an area with bright sun and good times, such as Orange County. Dr. Lawton helps men restore their confidence to enjoy days on the beach through gynecomastia surgery, whether from hormones, weight fluctuations, or genetics. 

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is an overdevelopment of men’s breast tissue. While it is a benign condition, meaning it is not cancerous, many men want to find a way to reduce the unwanted tissue for a more masculine figure. 


How Long Does Gynecomastia Last?

Gynecomastia is often caused by hormonal changes in men, particularly during puberty. In most cases in pubescent men, the hormones rebalance, and the gynecomastia fades within a few years. 

Gynecomastia may also be caused by significant weight gain. In those cases, the condition fades after weight loss. Some may experience sagging skin after weight loss, and surgery can reduce the excess skin. 

Another cause of gynecomastia is medicines. The side effects of antidepressants, chemotherapy, antibiotics, or certain illegal drugs such as heroin could result in gynecomastia. In these cases, stopping the intake of the medications or drugs should reverse the gynecomastia. 

Lastly, liver disease, lung cancer, thyroid disorders, certain types of tumors, and kidney disease can cause gynecomastia. Treatment for these diseases may reduce or stop the symptoms of gynecomastia. 

What is Gynecomastia Surgery?

For those whose treatments and lifestyle changes do not reduce the development of the tissue, Dr. Lawton provides gynecomastia surgery or male breast reduction surgery. There are two types of procedures: liposuction-based and excision-based. In some cases, Dr. Lawton combines the two for the best results.

Liposuction-based gynecomastia surgery focuses on fatty tissue build-up within the breasts, while excision-based focuses on the glandular and skin tissue. In some cases, liposuction may require contouring through removing excess skin. 

The results of gynecomastia surgery are permanent outside of significant weight gain. During recovery, you will feel sore for a few days, but most recover after two to four weeks. You will need to wear a compression garment during recovery to reduce swelling and ensure a safe recovery.


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 Results Can I Expect from Male Breast Reduction?

Patients enjoy a more masculine physique with a flatter and more muscular chest. Dr. Lawton understands the importance of a sculpted male chest, especially in an area such as Newport Beach. The incisions are along the creases of your natural contours, hiding them in plain sight. The final results are noticeable after the swelling subsides. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Dr. Lawton performs gynecomastia for all ages whose condition cannot be treated through alternative medical treatments. Ideal candidates have a positive outlook with specific and realistic goals. If you wish to maintain your results for the long term, you will need to maintain a generally stable weight. 


*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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