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Male Breast Reduction / Gynecomastia Surgery in Northern Virginia and DC

Up to 60 percent of adolescent and adult men suffer from gynecomastia, a condition in which excess breast tissue grows in the chest area. This condition can make men feel uncomfortable in their bodies and struggle with feelings of embarrassment and low self-confidence. Male breast reduction can help men suffering from gynecomastia achieve a more masculine, contoured chest. Through the removal of excess glandular tissue, skin, and/or fat, gynecomastia can be eliminated to provide men with a firmer and tighter chest with a quick and easy to recover from procedure. Dr. Barlow is the leading expert in plastic surgery for men in the greater Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia has been linked to the following:
  • Hormonal imbalances, especially during puberty and andropause
  • Testosterone deficiency
  • Steroid use
  • The use of certain medications
  • Medical conditions
  • Poor liver function
  • Weight gain


The best candidates for male breast reduction are healthy and have no major medical conditions. Candidates should also be non-smokers with realistic expectations about the results. Before undergoing gynecomastia surgery, patients will need to go over their situation with their primary care physician to determine that there is no ongoing medical condition or behavior causing their gynecomastia, such as taking certain medications or medical conditions. Hormone therapy may help resolve gynecomastia for some men, and for others, a weight-loss plan may be the best treatment method. All potential causes of gynecomastia should be investigated before men pursue male breast reduction surgery.


Your male breast reduction procedure will be performed under general anesthesia and will last approximately one-two hours. Dr. Barlow will perform the procedure by making an incision around the areolas and removing excess glandular tissue. In cases where gynecomastia is characterized by excess fat, liposuction alone may be used.


Recovery after male breast reduction will require approximately one week of rest before normal activities can be resumed. Patients should wait to resume higher levels of exercise and activity for about three weeks. The incision scars will blend with the edges of the areolas and will fade as time goes by.


The results of male breast reduction are immediately noticeable and will be permanent as long as patients remain in good health and at a stable weight. Patients should also avoid the use of steroids and medications that may cause gynecomastia so that they can continue to enjoy their results for many years. Male breast reduction can improve the shape and contour of your chest. Schedule your consultation for male breast reduction surgery today with Dr. Haven Barlow. Call Annapolis at 410-224-2395 or Tyson’s Corner at 703-448-3800 or fill out our online contact form today and we will help you book your appointment.

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