Male Breast Reduction

Male breast reduction, a procedure known as gynecomastia, is the surgical correction of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. This condition affects approximately 50% of the male population and is much more common than most people realize. Age does not seem to be a factor and enlarged breasts, which can affect a single breast of both breasts, can be found in every age group. Certain medical conditions such as impaired liver function or cancer have been known to cause gynecomastia.  It is also believed that consistent use of drugs such as medications containing estrogen, or anabolic steroids, marijuana and alcohol can contribute to enlarged breasts in men. However, it is most commonly believed that a large percentage of cases derive from conditions such as hormonal changes or hereditary conditions.  As well, a large percentage of cases derive from unknown sources.


Enlarged breasts can cause many men to avoid intimacy or certain physical activities because they feel very uncomfortable and are often embarrassed. Many men chose to hide the condition rather than undergo the scrutiny that occurs when it is made public. Men who elect to undergo breast reduction surgery would be well advised to talk to a plastic surgeon who can provide wisdom and insight into the ramifications of the surgical procedure as well as to help determine if it is right for you.

The men who most commonly benefit from gynecomastia surgery generally fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • You are of fairly normal weight and in generally good physical condition

  • Your breast development has stabilized

  • You are emotionally troubled by the fact that your breast(s) are too large

  • You maintain realistic expectations.


Dr. Jeffrey Smith is Board Certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery. He has had the privilege of serving patients from the Greater Boston, Massachusetts and New England areas ever since he opened his private practice in the year 2000. For a free, no obligation consultation, please call the medical office of Dr. Jeffrey Smith today at 978-256-7697. You will be glad you did.