Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia is a condition where the breast tissue in men enlarges on one or both sides. It can be transient (such as in puberty) or can be permanent. In cases where it does not resolve, it can be due to obesity, medications (such as steroids), hormonal imbalances or can be genetic. Some basic medical tests such as a blood test and ultrasound will be done to evaluate the cause make sure the breast tissue is normal .

Under the age of 18, correction of gynecomastia is covered by the RAMQ. Over the age of 18, a special authorization can be requested but will not always be accepted by the RAMQ.

Good candidates for this procedure are patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Healthy weight
  • No taking steroids
  • No significant medical problems
  • Non smokers
  • Not on blood thinners

Poor candidates for this procedure include patients with the following risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Significant medical problems
  • Taking blood thinners
  • Significant weight loss (skin excess but not gland, see body contouring)

Correction is done using liposuction of the breast as well removal of the excess breast gland through an incision under the nipple. Patients can go home the day of surgery and recovery is usually 2-3 weeks. A compression garment on the chest is worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery.

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