Male Breast Reduction

In Ottawa

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Male Breast Reduction


You’ve heard the colloquial term “man boobs”, referring to excess tissue that can make a male chest look overly prominent and disproportionate, and can even cause a feminized appearance to the male chest. This has a medical term – Gynecomastia – and there is a surgical option for men who are bothered by how gynecomastia makes them feel. In many cases, the cause of gynecomastia is not known, but it is said to be linked to hormone changes. Gynecomastia can also be a side effect of certain medicines. The good news is that there is a surgical procedure to reduce the appearance of gynecomastia, known as Male Breast Reduction surgery.

If you are considering Male Breast Reduction in Ottawa, ON, come and see the team at Ottawa Plastic Surgery, led by award-winning plastic surgeons Dr. Silverman, Boyd, Frank, and Cormier. The Ottawa Plastic Surgery team understands the importance of safe, medical care and will take care of you. Find out how our providers can help make you look and feel your best.

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What is Male Breast Reduction?

Gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction) removes excess breast tissue. About 20,000 people get this surgery every year. The procedure may include liposuction, excision (using larger incisions), or a combination of both. People choose to have this procedure to improve self-confidence, enhance their appearance, and reduce discomfort that can result from larger breasts. In severe cases of gynecomastia, the weight of excess breast tissue may cause the breasts to sag and stretch the areola (the dark skin surrounding the nipple). In these cases, the position and size of the areola can be surgically improved and excess skin may be reduced. Plastic surgery to correct gynecomastia is technically called reduction mammaplasty.

What are the benefits of Male Breast Reduction?

Patients who come to Ottawa Plastic Surgery for a Male Breast Reduction can attest to the following benefits: 

  • Confidence in how you look
  • Contouring the body to look more masculine
  • Confidence in wearing certain types of clothing
  • Reduction in excess breast tissue that causes pain
  • Confidence to participate in physical activities as well as intimacy

Who are the best candidates for Male Breast Reduction?

The following are attributes that can determine whether you are a good candidate for Male Breast Reduction:

  • Men whose condition cannot be corrected through alternative medical treatments
  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
  • Nonsmokers and non-drug users
  • Men with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for improving the physical symptoms of gynecomastia
  • Men who are physically healthy and of relatively normal weight
  • Men who have realistic expectations
  • Men whose breast development has stabilized
  • Men who are bothered by the feeling that their breasts are too large

Adolescents may benefit from surgery, although secondary procedures may be needed in the future should breast development continue.


First steps of a Male Breast Reduction

What’s the first step?

The first step to restoring your masculine body contour and taking care of the Gynecomastia issue in Ottawa is to schedule a consultation. During this session, our surgeons will explain what Male Breast Reduction involves, assess your desired outcomes, and determine whether you are the right candidate for this procedure. Your consultation session is also your opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you have. 

During this consultation, we will examine you, measure your breast tissue, and take photos to show your progress post-surgery. Upon completion of the assessment, your surgical plan will be created and our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your procedure date.

Before your Male Breast Reduction surgery in Ottawa, we will give you a list of instructions to help prepare you for the procedure. This may include fasting for a certain period of time or avoiding certain medications such as blood thinners.

What to expect on the day of Male Breast Reduction surgery

When you arrive at our practice on the day of your surgery, your plastic surgeon will walk you through the procedure, explaining his techniques and methods based on the plan you discussed during your consultation. After this, an Anesthesiologist will administer a type of anesthesia. 

Next, your surgeon will use one of the following (or both) techniques tailored to address your specific type of gynecomastia. 

  1. The first technique option is liposuction. In cases where gynecomastia is primarily the result of excess fatty tissue, liposuction techniques alone may be used. This requires the insertion of a cannula, a thin hollow tube, through several small incisions. The cannula is moved back and forth in a controlled motion to loosen the excess fat, which is then removed from the body by vacuum suction.
  2. The second technique option is excision. Excision techniques are recommended where glandular breast tissue or excess skin must be removed to correct gynecomastia. Excision also is necessary if the areola is reduced or the nipple will be repositioned to a more natural male contour.
  3. The third technique option is a combination of both liposuction and excision. Depending on your specific concerns, your plastic surgeon will discuss and recommend the right technique for you. 

Once the surgery is complete, the final step is to close the incision. From there, you will be taken into a recovery room as the anesthesia wears off, and a member of our surgical team will explain what your post-surgery recovery period will look like.

Male Breast Reduction recovery

An Ottawa Male Breast Reduction is generally performed in one surgical appointment, where patients return home the same day. During your recovery period, dressings or bandages will be applied to your incisions and an elastic bandage or support garment may be used to minimize swelling and support your new chest contour as it heals after surgery. A small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect.

Our surgical team will go over a schedule of instructions that explain how to care for the wound site, change bandages, and which pain medicines are safe to take to aid in your healing. You will be advised to avoid strenuous physical activity for a certain period of time, to prevent swelling, or re-opening of your incision wound. Following these instructions are essential to the success of your surgery.

Male Breast Reduction Cost

How much does Male Breast Reduction surgery cost in Ottawa?

The cost of Male Breast Reduction in Ottawa will vary based on the following factors: 

  • Amount of excess tissue being removed
  • Which techniques or combination of techniques are needed to address the issue
  • Anticipated time needed in surgery based on individual assessment

During your consultation with one of our surgeons, they will discuss the specifics of your surgery and after creating your procedure plan, our Patient Coordinator will provide you with the total price you can expect to pay for gynecomastia surgery. We offer financing for all our patients. Talk to us about scheduling a consultation for your Male Breast Reduction surgery.

Why Choose Ottawa Plastic Surgery?

By putting your trust in the expert team of plastic surgeons at Ottawa Plastic Surgery, you can rest assured that you will receive world-class service and results that make you look and feel your best. Led by the award-winning team of Dr. Silverman, Dr. Boyd, Dr. Frank, and Dr. Cormier, we are driven by excellence in cosmetic enhancement. We are proud to be the only clinic in Ottawa with an exclusive focus on aesthetic surgeries.

Since founding the practice in 1999, Dr. Silverman has performed over 8,000 cosmetic surgical procedures and brings all of that experience to the table for each and every surgery. He is passionate about making patients feel comfortable, confident, and understood, and provides personalized and attentive care from consultation to post-op. His attention to detail and dedication to his patients and his craft have set him apart as the premier aesthetic plastic surgeon in the Ottawa region and beyond.


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The range of benefits from gynecomastia surgery are each very impactful in a patient’s life. If you have been struggling with the way gynecomastia has affected your self-esteem and your body physically, it may be time to schedule a consultation for Male Breast Reduction in Ottawa with one of our providers, you can call our practice directly or contact us via the patient portal on our website, and share your details so our staff can guide you through the process.

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