Is a male breast reduction for gynecomastia the same as a female breast reduction (reduction mammaplasty)? How are they different?

A: Male breast reduction techniques are different from female

Breast reduction techniques are very different for a man compared to those for a woman. For a man, gynecomastia (excess breast tissue) is treated usually with a combination of liposuction and direct removal of breast tissue through an areolar incision. In some more severe cases, skin must be removed using additional incisions, depending on the amount of excess skin. The goal is to achieve a relatively flat chest contour.

For a woman, breast reduction techniques usually involve at least a “lollipop” type incision or an “anchor” incision to decrease the size of the breast. The goal is not flatness here, the goal is to have a nicely projecting but smaller breast. The type of incision depends a lot on the degree of excess skin, quality of the skin and nipple position.

Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon prior to planning any cosmetic breast surgery procedure