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
"The BEST people work here! I initially was planning to see Dr. Dauwe for buccal removal but when he spoke with me he suggested filler instead. I can’t say enough times how thankful I am for that honest opinion, he could’ve taken my money (let’s be honest most would) but instead I got jawline, cheek and under eye filler with Tess and she did absolutely incredible! Everyone in the office is so kind and I’m so happy Dr. Dauwe pointed me in the right direction rather than going through with a procedure that he didn’t think would align with the results I wanted. I’m beyond grateful I chose to come to this office and love my results. Every single person is so warm and welcoming and they’re doing business the right way. I could not recommend Dr. Dauwe and the entire staff enough."- S.A. / Google / Sep 02, 2022
"My skin was so bad I sometimes did not want to leave my house. I had fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and no glow. I was ready to give up and felt there was nothing I could do UNTIL I met with Kylie! She recommended a Halo treatment stating it would really help. Although I was hesitant as to the results, I went ahead with the procedure. After just two weeks the change in my skin is absolutely amazing.. My fine lines and wrinkles are so much better and my dark spots have basically disappeared. Not only do I have a glow to my skin but now I am happy to get out and about. Kylie is so knowledgeable, kind and patient. She can answer any questions you may have whether it be a procedure or any type of skin care. When meeting with her you can truly tell that this is her passion. The skin regime she recommended to me is perfect. My skin will continue to improve over the next several months and I can’t tell you how pleased I am and thankful for Kylie. I 100% recommend Kylie."- S.P. / Google / Aug 19, 2022
"Dr Dauwe from start to finish made me feel so confident throughout the whole process. He really listens and hears what your concerns are. He was humble and kind. It’s tough figuring out who to really trust and I trust his work wholeheartedly. His staff couldn’t be more caring and help answer any questions big or small. So thankful for him and his team!!"- A.W. / Google / Aug 18, 2022
"Hard to really put into words the impact my surgery has had on my life, but I will say that Dr. Dauwe and his whole staff has made this experience what I would call life changing. Dr. Dauwe has a calm, humble, demeanor, and I had been following him on IG based on a friend who mentioned he did her breast aug a few years back. When I met with his team in January they were already booked out almost 6 months for a mommy makeover. That’s a good thing! You want to find someone who is booked. Not only did I love his conservative nature and perspective in what I was looking to have done, but he spent way more time with me answering my questions than what you typically find in the healthcare space. I’ve been in healthcare working with physicians for almost 20 years, so it is saying something when a physician has no problem answering all the myriad questions you have when you are going to have a big procedure done. They also made what could be an awkward feeling, feel very normal. He has great eye contact, and his office manager Julie is great at her job and been in the industry a long time. But I have to say, what comforted and confirmed for me the most was his office staff and their friendliness, willingness to help, and their knowledge about my procedure and the process. Sara in particular is a gem of a human. I thought for my pre-op she was just being nice answering all my questions and giving me suggestions, and then when I saw her for my post op I realized: MAN! She’s not just a front desk person, she’s like THE pre and post op professional! I had called on day 3 after my surgery and she was amazing to work with on my meds. She was so patient both before and after my surgery – and it makes you feel like you are their only patient, though it looks to be a busy practice, you don’t feel that way. It’s not a mill, this is not the kind of place that doesn’t care for you and want to answer all your questions. They are truly genuine, I really felt that from Sara, Julie, Bre, and Dr. Dauwe. I haven’t seen Tess but I’m sure I will at some point, I’ve heard great things. This is a rock star team and if you’re on the fence or haven’t scheduled a consult and really walked out feeling very confident in the team – come and get one here – he will tell you his professional opinion. I have another colleague who came here before me and had a consult and he honestly told her to wait until a certain time – so he’s not doing this for volume – he really wants to do the right thing for you. But truly Sara is awesome and I can’t say enough good things about her – you are in good hands with this practice. Thank you, Dr. Dauwe and team."- H.S. / Google / Aug 11, 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.