Male Gynecomastia

The Newport Beach Cosmetic Surgeon

If you’re dealing with unwanted breast tissue that’s affecting your self-esteem, we understand. At Dr. Thomas Barnes’ practice in Newport Beach, California, we specialize in diagnosing and treating gynecomastia, offering solutions tailored to each individual’s situation. Our experienced team, led by Dr. Barnes, is here to support you through every step of the process, from initial evaluation to treatment. We invite you to reach out to us—either by calling our welcoming staff or using our online scheduling tool—to book your consultation. Let us help you regain confidence and comfort in your appearance.

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia occurs when males develop an enlargement of breast tissue. It’s not uncommon and can affect individuals at different stages of life. 

This condition can lead to a swollen or puffy appearance of the breasts, resembling female breasts to some extent. While it doesn’t usually pose a significant health risk, it can cause psychological distress and self-consciousness.

What causes gynecomastia?

Causes of gynecomastia are varied and can include:

  • Puberty – hormonal fluctuations during adolescence
  • Aging – decreased testosterone production with age
  • Medications – certain drugs like steroids, anti-anxiety meds, and antidepressants
  • Medical conditions affecting hormone production (e.g., thyroid, kidney, liver issues)
  • Lifestyle factors – obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and drug use
  • Genetics – predisposition due to family history

A hormonal imbalance between estrogen (female hormone) and testosterone (male hormone) levels can also contribute to this condition. 

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Who can develop gynecomastia?

Adolescents going through puberty, older men experiencing age-related hormonal changes, and individuals taking medications that influence hormones are more prone to developing gynecomastia. It’s essential to consult Dr. Barnes for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate guidance.

How is gynecomastia treated?

Treatment for gynecomastia depends on the cause and the extent of breast tissue enlargement. In cases where the condition is linked to medications, Dr. Barnes may recommend that you stop using those medications, which might lead to improvements over time. 

Hormonal imbalances can sometimes be corrected with medication or hormone therapy. If excess fatty tissue is the primary issue, lifestyle changes like exercise and a balanced diet might help. 

In cases where the excess breast tissue is persistent and causing emotional distress, Dr. Barnes might consider surgical intervention. 

Surgical treatment typically involves two main techniques:


Liposuction removes excess fat through a small incision when the breast enlargement is primarily due to fatty tissue, which Dr. Barnes can perform for both males and females.


A mastectomy involves the removal of a significant amount of glandular tissue to eliminate the excess tissue, providing a flatter and more masculine chest contour.

Though gynecomastia isn’t life-threatening, it can make you feel self-conscious and affect your self-esteem. 

If you have gynecomastia, book a consultation today with Dr. Barnes. The friendly staff can book an appointment for you by phone, or you can use the convenient online scheduling tool when you’re ready.

Male Gynecomastia Cosmetic Surgery Facts

Procedure: Targets unwanted breast tissue in men, enhancing chest contours and confidence. Suitable for any adult man struggling with gynecomastia.
Length: 1 to 3 hours
Anesthesia: Dr. Barnes performs all of his procedures safely & comfortably under awake local anesthesia, with oral sedation, and with the added comfort of ProNox (laughing gas) available. Twilight or general anesthesia can be arranged in our accredited surgery center for an additional cost.
Average Cost: $6,000-$8,000

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Outpatient: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary swelling, bruising, discomfort, and potential for temporary numbness.
Risks: Risks include bleeding, infection, asymmetry, changes in nipple or breast sensation, and possible need for revision surgery.
Recovery: Return to work: 1 week. Avoid strenuous activities: 3-6 weeks. Compression garment: 2 weeks. Full recovery: several months for final results.
Results: Permanent, with the caveat that significant weight gain, steroid use, or certain medical conditions could alter the outcome.