The term gynecomastia refers to benign enlargement of the male breast. This condition is one that can produce a feminine chest due to the increase of growing breast tissue. Many times, gynecomastia is related to an unknown hormonal problem. It may also be caused by certain medications, steroids, weight gain, marijuana use, or it can be hereditary. Men with this condition often feel embarrassed in situations where the chest is exposed such as at the beach, pool, or at the gym. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Phillip Dauwe performs surgical gynecomastia reduction for men who suffer from gynecomastia. This surgery has a high success rate and is one of the more common cosmetic treatments for men at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery in Dallas, TX.
Benefits Of Gynecomastia Surgery
A personalized gynecomastia surgery performed by Dr. Dauwe offers comfort and confidence with a number of benefits, including:
- Eliminating unwanted chest fat
- Defining and contouring the chest
- Achieving a more toned, masculine look
- Improving movement and mobility
- Creating dramatic, long-lasting results
- Offering more wardrobe options
- Boosting self-image and confidence
- Recovery is typically fast
"Dr. Dauwe and his staff are like a dream team! I legit leave wanting to be friends with his staff they are all so adorable. Seriously though, any type of surgery is so scary and they make the experience so comfortable. I felt like he listened to what I wanted and was honest with what was going to be realistic with my body type. I was referred by Dr.Dauwe by a few of my clients and am so thankful I chose him to do my procedure. If you’re in the Dallas area I wouldn’t recommend anyone else. Truly grateful to have had such an amazing experience! Thank you Dr. Dauwe for everything!"- T.C. / Google / Apr 30, 2019
"I can’t recommend Dr.Dauwe enough! I consulted with two other doctors but am so glad I chose his practice. Dr.Dauwe and his staff are all so professional and knowledgeable, and make me feel super comfortable every time I see them. I am one week post op and have been pain free and feel amazing. My results are even better than expected, couldn’t be happier!"- C.P. / Google / Apr 19, 2022
"Where do I begin? Seriously the BEST Dr and staff ever! 14 years ago I had a breast lift and augmentation at a different location. Immediately started having complications, resulting in multiple skin graphs and reconstruction. Also resulting in nerve damage. I’ve been SCARED to get this issue fixed. Until my best friends and several of their family members shared their experience with Dr Dauwe and his staff! AMAZING! So I gave them a shot, and let me tell you my experience with them and their entire staff was just as if not more amazing! Not only did they calm my fears and gave me my confidence back, you could not ask for a better staff and Doctor Who genuinely cares about your well-being and your needs. This has been some thing that has lowered my self-esteem for the past 14 years and I finally feel whole again! The surgery went perfect with Little pain and I was so worried about the healing process because of the last experience I had with another office. But so far I am doing beyond better than expected and they have been nothing but amazing! My husband and I were blown away with the surgery center and all the staff there just being over and abundantly caring not just being nice because it’s their job but genuinely caring about you! I simply cannot say enough! If you were looking for a cosmetic doctor for any reason I highly recommend Dr. Dauwe and his wonderful staff! Thank you again for giving me back my confidence!"- K.S. / Google / Apr 15, 2022
"I could not be happier with the results from my breast augmentation. Dr. Dauwe is not only an extremely talented surgeon, but he and his whole team are compassionate, patient, and beyond generous. They have truly given me the breast’s of my dreams!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 12/10 recommend Dauwe Plastic Surgery to anyone!!"- L.M. / Google / Apr 08, 2022
"One week post-op and feeling GREAT!! couldn't be happier!! First surgery and first time under anesthesia I was NERVOUS. I had my surgery on a Thursday and I was back to work by Monday. The pain was one of my big concerns and I only had "pain" the two days after surgery. I would say 3/10 wasn't bad at all. Consulted with 5 different doctors regarding breast augmentation. 1 made me feel horrible, 3 were ok, but Dr. Dauwe and his staff made me feel so comfortable. I had my consultation with him and immediately after, I scheduled my surgery. Dr. Dauwe not only picked the PERFECT size for me, but he really took the time to listen. He answered all my questions/concerns, and I instantly trusted him. Julie and the staff are absolutely amazing!! They are so professional and made the process so easy and smooth. I am so happy I chose Dr. Dauwe. He is so talented and his work is phenomenal. Dr. Dauwe, Julie, Sara and all the staff thank you so so much!!!"- D.C. / Google / Apr 01, 2022
Is Gynecomastia Right For Me?
Male breast reduction surgery is reserved for men with enlarged breast tissue that cannot be treated by stopping the causative medication or changing lifestyle habits. If you are embarrassed by the size and shape of your chest (but you're healthy and at a good weight), you could possibly benefit from male breast reduction surgery by Dr. Dauwe at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery. Adolescent teens may also attain positive results from gynecomastia treatment; however, an additional procedure may be needed later as an adult if excess breast tissue continues to develop. In your initial consultation with Dr. Dauwe, he will go over all the possible causes and educate you on all treatment considerations.
Power assisted liposuction is usually sufficient in male breast reduction surgery, but sometimes the tissue needs to removed through an incision below your nipple. If any loose skin needs to be removed, Dr. Dauwe will discuss this with you before the operation. This operation can be performed under general anesthesia (with you asleep) or under local anesthesia (with you awake, but numb).
After Gynecomastia Surgery
At the conclusion of your gynecomastia surgery, your chest will be supported with a compression garment to help control swelling, bleeding, and bruising. For cases where more than typical amount of tissue is removed, a small drainage tube may be used. The outcomes following this procedure are almost immediately visible, and most men are extremely excited with the cosmetic enhancement. Any incisions made during surgery take time to heal and any scars left behind are barely seen. With your new, masculine-appearing chest, you can expect Dr. Dauwe to encourage regular exercise and healthy lifestyle to enhance your results.
Gynecomastia Frequently Asked Questions
How much does male breast reduction cost?
Excessive male breast tissue (gynecomastia) is a medical problem that is best handled by an experienced surgeon. For this reason, Dr. Dauwe suggests you focus on how to get your best results rather than costs. To make male breast reduction surgery fit your budget, Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery takes several payment methods and we can also help you find no-interest financing.
What causes gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia develops in men when there is an imbalance in the hormones. In most cases, gynecomastia is connected to hormone imbalance caused by anabolic steroids. It may also be the result of using marijuana. Gynecomastia might also be triggered by some medical conditions (hyperthyroidism, hypogonadism, and testicular tumors), plus some medications (anti-virals, allergy medications, and anti-anxiety medications). Dr. Dauwe will perform a physical exam and order blood tests to work up the cause of your gynecomastia.
How can I tell if I have gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia occurs in men when there is an overgrowth of breast tissue, which can cause swelling, tenderness, and pain. Sometimes it is isolated to a small mass of tissue under the nipple. Some patients might have pseudogynecomastia or false gynecomastia, which is breast enlargement due to fat tissue. For this reason, Dr. Dauwe encourages patients to achieve a healthy weight before considering surgery.
Can gynecomastia be treated with exercise or pills?
Male breast reduction surgery is the most effective treatment for gynecomastia. Currently, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) hasn't approved any medications for the treatment of gynecomastia. However, stopping or changing some medications that can cause gynecomastia may have a positive effect. Healthy eating and exercise will reduce the fatty part of the breast, but it will not reduce the breast tissue.
Will this fix puffy or pointy nipples?
Puffy or pointy nipples or enlarged areolas may also be caused by gynecomastia isolated to just below the nipple. If you are concerned about this, be sure to tell Dr. Dauwe at your consultation. He performs an incision pattern and technique to remove only the excess tissue under your nipples to restore their flat contour and normal areolar size.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2 – 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 – 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- Week 2 & 6, Month 3, 6, & 12
- Procedure Recovery Location
Restore your Masculine Chest
If you are struggling with male breast enlargement (gynecomastia), we invite you to call our office and schedule a one-on-one private consultation with Dr. Dauwe to learn about our male breast reduction procedure at Phillip Dauwe, M.D. Plastic Surgery. Once you've had treatment for gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), you won't feel the need to hide your chest at the gym or the beach anymore. We have assisted many Dallas, TX men with their treatment and have enjoyed helping them reestablish their self-esteem.