Gynecomastia Surgery at a Glance

Type of anesthesia:
Recovery time:
1 week off work (non-strenuous jobs)
Time in surgery:
1-2 hours
When you go home:
Day of operation
Often Combined With:

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your experience may vary.

Gynecomastia Surgery in San Antonio, TX

What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Dr. Ablavsky is seeing an increase in the number of men and adolescent males choosing to get surgery at his San Antonio, Texas, practice to reduce excess breast tissue in their chests—a condition called gynecomastia. This condition may cause you to feel self-conscious about being shirtless or prevent you from wearing fitted shirts. Male breast reduction surgery creates a more masculine chest and gives you the confidence to participate in activities you may shy away from if you feel you have “man boobs.”

Is Gynecomastia Surgery Right for You?

Gynecomastia is a common condition that affects an estimated 40% to 60% of men or adolescent males. It can cause embarrassment and diminish your self-confidence. Male breast reduction surgery has a very high satisfaction rate because it often leads to an enhanced quality of life. Good candidates are males who are self-conscious about their enlarged breasts—which can be caused by overdeveloped breast tissue (gynecomastia) or fatty deposits (pseudogynecomastia). Pseudogynecomastia can also affect males who lost significant weight and present with sagging breasts. Patients should be at a stable weight before scheduling the surgery.

The use of certain recreational or prescription drugs can cause hormonal imbalances linked to gynecomastia. The condition could recur after surgery if you continue to use them, so be sure to discuss all drugs with your surgeon.

Gynecomastia Surgery
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Before & After Gynecomastia Surgery Case 7 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #7

This patient wanted to reduce the size of his breasts to look more masculine. Dr. Ablavsky performed male breast reduction, or gynecomastia surgery, to remove the excess tissue from his breasts using small incisions to perform liposuction.  Read More
Before & After Male Tummy Tuck Case 192 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #192

This patient lost 150lbs after bariatric surgery. He was bothered by the excess skin on his chest and abdomen. Dr. Ablavsky performed a male breast reduction (mastectomy + free nipple graft) and a male tummy tuck.  
Before & After Gynecomastia Surgery Case 70 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #70

This patient was bothered by gynecomastia - a fullness of his chest at the nipple areola region. Dr. Ablavsky performed liposuction of the chest and direct excision of the gynecomastia to provide a flatter chest with a natural appearing contour.   Read More
Before & After Gynecomastia Surgery Case 140 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #140

This patient was bothered by the fullnes of his chest. Dr. Ablavsky performed direct excision of gynecomastia and liposuction of the chest for a flatter, natural appearing chest contour. 
Before & After Gynecomastia Surgery Case 6 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #6

This man wanted to reduce the size of his breasts and to have a more masculine-looking chest. Dr. Ablavsky performed gynecomastia surgery, or male breast reduction surgery, removing excess breast tissue via liposuction and excision, to give him a more masculine chest.  Read More
Before & After Gynecomastia Surgery Case 177 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #177

This patient was bothered by the fullness of his chest (gynecomastia). Dr. Ablavsky performed removal of gynecomastia and liposuction of the chest.  

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

How Is Gynecomastia Surgery Performed?

Dr. Ablavsky chooses the optimal technique for chest contouring and gynecomastia surgery on an individual basis.  The cause of the underlying condition, the degree of excess skin, and the fat and nipple position are just some of the factors that play a role in choosing a technique with good aesthetic results.

If excessively dense glandular breast tissue is causing gynecomastia, Dr. Ablavsky will excise the tissue. The specific incision location varies depending on a patient’s condition, but Dr. Ablavsky’s goal is to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible. He also may recommend combining liposuction with excision to create natural-looking contours.

When excess fatty tissue makes the male breast full, liposuction, may be the most effective treatment. In these cases, Dr. Ablavsky inserts a thin tube, called a cannula, through a small incision and suctions fat from the area. A good candidate for liposuction should also have skin that retains most of its elasticity, so it will “snap back” to accommodate the chest’s new contours.

In some cases, such as when a patient has excess skin or the nipples droop below the breast fold, Dr. Ablavsky excises skin and uses a technique called a free nipple graft to reposition the nipples to a better location so they appear natural.

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What Happens During Male Breast Reduction Recovery?

Recovery depends on the procedure performed and the individual’s activity levels. Most patients recover fairly quickly after gynecomastia surgery, returning to non-strenuous work or school within a week. Patients wear compression garments to help reduce swelling during the recovery process. Dr. Ablavsky will provide detailed post-op instructions.

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How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?

The cost of gynecomastia and male breast contouring surgery depends on the technique used and if excess breast tissue is present on one or both sides of the chest.

Request Your Consultation

If you’re looking for a gynecomastia surgeon in the San Antonio area, request a consultation with Dr. Ablavsky using the online form, or call our practice at (210) 942-6672 to schedule an appointment.

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