Breast Formation in Men – Tips and Guide

Breast formation is also called Gynecomastia. This occurs regularly and can be experienced as embarrassing or disturbing. Many men with breast formation find their upper body too feminine and feel insecure about this. During puberty and middle age, the mammary gland can become larger, causing breast formation. Often this disappears by itself. When breast formation is a normal reaction of the body, but does not disappear by itself, a cosmetic procedure can offer a solution. Breast reduction is usually performed (removal of glandular tissue), sometimes in combination with liposculpture (removal of adipose tissue).

However, sometimes breast formation in men is a sign of a disease, such as a liver or kidney disease or a tumor in the breast or testicle. If it is suspected that there is a deviation, the intervention may be reimbursed by your health insurer through a referral on medical grounds.


The removal of breast formation in men is usually performed under general anesthesia. After the treatment you can generally go home the next day. The plastic surgeon first marks where the incisions are made, usually under the nipple. Depending on the procedure, excess fatty tissue (liposculpture) and glandular tissue will be removed. Sometimes a nipple correction is needed. The incisions are then stitched. Usually two thin tubes (drains) are also applied to drain the wound fluid. These tubes are removed when almost no more wound fluid comes out. Finally, you will receive a support bandage or corset to support your chest.

After a Gynecomastia Treatment

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The final result of the treatment is only visible when you have fully recovered. This can take a few months. Immediately after treatment your breasts may be sensitive and feel tense. This becomes less after a few days. You must rest in the first week after the treatment, after which you may carry out light work again. After a week you will return for an inspection appointment. Then the stitches are also removed. In the months following the procedure you will slowly regain the normal feeling in your nipples. How long this takes varies per person.

For a good and quick recovery it is important that there is no tension on your chest in the first weeks after the treatment. For the first six weeks after the treatment you must therefore wear a corset that provides good support day and night. You must bear in mind that you are not allowed to exercise or lift heavily during the first six weeks.

Over time, the scars will take on the color of your skin and become less visible. For a good recovery it is important that you do not expose the scars to the sun for a year.

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