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Gynecomastia


Los Angeles & Pasadena California

Gynecomastia, a condition caused by excess breast tissue in men, is more common that you might think. Dr. Martin O’Toole regularly performs gynecomastia surgery, also known as male breast reduction, on patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Hollywood. When performed by a highly trained surgeon, male breast reduction can be a very rewarding procedure, helping you gain a newfound sense of confidence and improved self-image.

Gynecomastia – A Common Condition

Gynecomastia is present in men of all ages and is usually due to a decrease in testosterone. Enlarged breasts may be the result of genetics, excess weight, certain medications, drug or alcohol use, use of steroids and certain health conditions like hyperthyroidism. Hormonal changes as part of the aging process can cause excess breast tissue to develop in men approaching middle age. For patients who’ve recently lost a lot of weight, male breast reduction is a very effective method to improve your appearance and create a more toned upper body.

How Male Breast Reduction is Performed

Male breast reduction surgery is most frequently performed using our advanced liposuction techniques such as power-assisted liposuction (PAL) or laser- assisted liposuction (SmartLipo™). During the gynecomastia procedure, Dr. O’Toole removes excess skin and fatty tissue. After the ideal size and shape is achieved, the nipple is repositioned to an ideal location. The exact techniques chosen for surgery depend on your individual degree of correction needed. Most of our post-bariatric patients are extremely happy with their results.

For an idea of the results that are possible with gynecomastia surgery, please view our before and after images.

Male Breast Reduction Recovery

Rest and relaxation are the recommended course of action after surgery, and you will return to our office for a follow-up appointment within a few days. All male breast reduction patients will need to wear a compression garment to minimize swelling and bruising, usually recommended for four to six weeks. You are encouraged to avoid strenuous physical activity for about three to five weeks, although you may return to work in three to five days if your job does not require excessive physical activity.


Please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule your gynecomastia consultation with Dr. Martin O’Toole. We serve patients in Los Angeles, Covina, Arcadia, and Hollywood, California.

Male Breast Reduction Candidates

If you are embarrassed or uncomfortable with excess tissue in your chest, you may be the ideal male breast reduction candidate. During your free initial consultation, board-certified Pasadena plastic surgeon Dr. Martin O’Toole will carefully assess your areas of concern, discuss treatment options, and help you determine if male breast reduction is right for your specific needs.

To schedule your free male breast reduction consultation, please contact Pasadena Cosmetic Surgery online or by calling (626) 671-1756 today. We welcome patients from Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Arcadia, and all surrounding areas of California.

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia – the condition in which excessive breast tissue produces a feminine look on male chests – may be caused by natural hormone changes in the body. This is why the condition is more common among adolescent boys than adult men. However, in younger people, the condition typically self-corrects.

Additional causes of male breasts include:

  • Weight gain and obesity
  • Certain medications
  • Steroids
  • Alcohol
  • Street drugs and marijuana
  • Certain health conditions

These causes may need to be addressed prior to your male breast reduction procedure. Dr. O’Toole will discuss steps you can take before surgery to help ensure positive and lasting results.

Good Candidates

Ideal male breast reduction candidates should be:

  • Nonsmokers
  • In generally good physical health
  • Close to their goal weight
  • Willing to follow pre and postoperative instructions
  • Prepared for a surgical procedure and brief recovery period

In addition, good candidates for male breast reduction should be prepared to adopt a healthy lifestyle that will help prevent a reoccurrence of gynecomastia. Once removed, fat cannot come back. New fat, however, can accumulate when proper care is not taken of the body. This can be discussed in greater detail during your initial consultation with Dr. O’Toole.


If you are considering male breast reduction in the Los Angeles area, please call (626) 671-1756 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. O’toole today.

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