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Who does gynecomastia affect?

Gynecomastia can happen to any man at any stage of life. Gynecomastia is common in pubescent boys. It usually corrects itself later on in puberty, but for some individuals, it never goes away.

Many men also develop gynecomastia later in life. Up to 65 percent of middle-aged and older men are affected by an excess of breast tissue.

What causes a man to develop gynecomastia?

There are many reasons a man might develop gynecomastia. For some men, it is a result of taking certain medications. Life changes, such as weight gain or aging, can also cause men to form excess breast tissue.

Additionally, gynecomastia can be genetic. Whatever reason there may be for a man’s gynecomastia, the results and effects can be detrimental to his confidence.

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Gynecomastia surgery

Gynecomastia can be corrected with surgery to remove the excess breast tissue on a man’s chest and give his chest a more masculine appearance. If you experience genetic gynecomastia, surgery is the only effective option to correct male breasts.

Gynecomastia surgery removes the excess glandular tissue and fat and tightens the area, creating a pectoral area that is defined and taut.

What is the procedure like?

After having a thorough consultation with Dr. Tseng to discuss your aesthetic goals, he will design a custom surgical plan for you. Gynecomastic surgery is performed with general anesthesia. The procedure varies depending on your specific needs to correct your gynecomastia.

For some patients, all that is required is liposuction to remove excess fat and tighten the chest. For others, an excision technique is used if they have an abundance of glandular tissue in addition to fat. Often, both the excision technique and liposuction are used to create ideal results.

Before & After

Will my gynecomastia surgery be obvious?

When you receive gynecomastia surgery, the incisions are made in discrete areas to create minimal visible scarring. Depending on your unique needs, the incision site may vary. Typically, after you have healed, people will only be able to notice your new sculpted, masculine chest.

Benefits of gynecomastia surgery

Gynecomastia surgery can eliminate the undesired soft, feminine look that male breasts bring. Benefits of surgically correcting gynecomastia include:

  • A defined, more masculine chest shape
  • Reduced areola size
  • Discrete incisions and minimal visible scarring
  • Improved confidence
  • Freedom to be shirtless or wear fitted shirts that were previously avoided due to insecurity


After you receive gynecomastia surgery, your chest will need to be supported by a compression garment. Early on in the healing process, it is possible that you will have drainage tubes to remove any build-up of fluid in the area. Some swelling and bruising are common within the first two weeks after your procedure. It is essential that you avoid any vigorous exercise or high-energy activities for six weeks so you can heal. You must not place any stress on the incisions throughout the recovery period.

Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

If you are a man who is troubled by excess breast tissue on your chest and you desire a more defined, masculine physique, then you may be a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery. You may not be a good candidate if you fit any of the following criteria:

  • You are overweight and have not attempted to address your male breasts through diet or exercise.
  • You take anabolic steroids.
  • You excessively partake in using substances such as alcohol and marijuana.

 A consultation with Dr. Tseng is the best way to know if gynecomastia surgery is the right solution to your male breast concerns. During your consultation, he will ask about your medical history and learn more about you and your specific needs regarding male breast reduction.

Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
Mark H. Tseng, M.D.

Why choose Dr. Mark Tseng for your gynecomastia surgery?

Dr. Tseng is a top-quality plastic surgeon who has established himself on a foundation of honesty, integrity, and the creation of exceptional, masterful results for his patients. He has nearly two decades of experience, making him one of the most seasoned plastic surgeons in the Kirkland area. Dr. Tseng will listen to your unique concerns regarding your chest and work with you to create a treatment plan to get you the defined physique you desire. His expertise and artistry will surpass your expectations.

Mark H. Tseng, M.D.
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