4 Tips to Prepare for Male Breast Reduction Surgery

Male breast enlargement, also known as gynecomastia, is a condition causing an increase in breast gland tissue in boys or men. It is not always clear what leads to gynecomastia.  Causes may include a genetic predisposition, weight gain, transient hormone inbalances, marijuana overuse, and other causes.   Gynecomastia can affect one or both breasts, sometimes unevenly, sometimes causing pain and tenderness, and often causing embarrassment.

Regardless of the underlying causes, the condition discourages men from wearing their favorite clothing items – such as T-shirts and golf shirts – participating in their favorite activities, working out at the gym, or spending time on the beach or pool.


Dr. Bresnick has seen many patients over the years who have been very adversely affected psychologically because of this condition.  Some common examples would include: a teenage young man who does not want to go to the beach or the pool with his friends and becomes insecure about his appearance, or………  a young man who does not want to wear a fitted shirt because his breast area appears too full, or……a young man who wears multiple layers of clothing or even applies tape to the chest to hide breast prominence…….these are some real-life examples which Dr. Bresnick has seen quite often.

Gynecomastia may be a temporary condition for boys passing through puberty, but for some, the condition never resolves and gets worse. For many men over 50 years of age, gynecomastia may develop as well and become chronic and life-long. Gynecomastia repair, also known as male breast reduction, can remove unwanted breast tissue and restore a more masculine and defined condition.

When planning for male breast reduction surgery, careful preparation during your consultation with board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Bresnick will go a long way toward safely accomplishing your desired results.

Being well-prepared not only will help you feel more confident, but will also increase your chances of a smooth surgery and a short, trouble-free recovery. These are perhaps the most critical tips you should follow before getting gynecomastia surgery.

1. Choose the Right Surgeon

While preparing for your gynecomastia surgery, your first essential step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon with the following characteristics.

  • Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
  • Has in-depth knowledge of the underlying causes of gynecomastia.
  • Has performed numerous male breast reduction procedures using the techniques needed for your procedure.
  • Can show you before-and-after pictures of previous male breast reduction patients.

Dr. Bresnick has an extensive understanding and broad experience in reducing breast tissue in men and recontouring the chest area to promote a more masculine appearance.

2. Change Your Lifestyle

Even though many of your lifestyle choices may not have caused your gynecomastia, you must still follow the guidelines outlined below before your surgery. Establishing a healthy lifestyle in advance of your procedure will ensure optimal results.

  • Maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid taking steroids or hormonal supplements.
  • Avoid smoking tobacco or marijuana products.

3. Prepare for Your Recovery

The most challenging aspect of your gynecomastia surgery will be after your procedure, when you return home to start the recovery process. Plan some time away from work and other commitments and spend at least four to five days resting. Enlist friends and family to help you with any household chores.

4. Get Ready for Your Breast Reduction Surgery

Are you ready to address your gynecomastia and start living with renewed self-confidence with a leaner, more sculpted look? Be sure to visit our male breast surgery gallery and schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Bresnick.

As one of the most sought-after and extensively trained board-certified plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area with substantial expertise in breast surgery, Dr. Bresnick has established a reputation for his compassionate approach and superior artistry. Call us at (818) 981-3333 or contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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