Dr. Craig Oser Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgeon Pittsburgh


Male Breast Reduction

Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement) is a very common condition in men. It can result in terrible embarrassment, teasing, and social trauma. Many will try to hide it with thick shirts, avoid bare chest activities, and withdraw from public exposure.

In other cases such as post-bariatric patients, who have gone through a significant weight loss or professional body-builders who have gained significant muscle mass, this procedure returns the breast to a size proportional to the body, resulting in a more pleasing, natural shape.

Dr. Oser will make an incision under your breasts or around the areola (the dark skin around the nipple). Liposuction is usually the treatment of choice to remove these excess localized fat deposits. Persistent excess glandular tissue, fat and skin can be surgically removed from around the areola and from the bottom and sides of the breasts to create a new, smaller breast contour if liposuction is not indicated. Swelling and bruising are normal and will subside over the next few weeks. You will need to wear an elastic bandage or pressure garment as your breasts heal. Scarring is usually minimal and will fade with time. You should avoid direct sun exposure for six months.


A cosmetic consultation is an important step in the process of considering aesthetic surgery. Dr. Oser and his staff are committed to helping you become well informed about the actual process of preparing for a breast reduction. Male breast reduction is a very private matter. Feel free to ask any questions and to let us know how we can help you throughout the process.

Other services may be recommended in combination with this service to be sure that you have an optimal surgical result and a wonderful surgical experience.


Schedule an appointment at your convenience.

Before your Procedure

Three weeks prior to and three weeks after your surgery, try to limit your alcohol and tobacco intake. Two weeks prior to and two weeks after your surgery, do not take medication that may thin your blood such as aspirin or Ibuprofen products.

The Evening Before Your Procedure

The evening prior to your surgery, please refrain from eating or drinking anything including water. Please do not smoke and check with Dr. Oser regarding any medication that you are taking regularly.

The Day of Your Procedure

Please refrain from wearing makeup, contact lenses, hairpins, jewelry, body lotion or perfume. Wear comfortable clothing. If you develop a cold, sore throat, fever or any symptoms of illness before your surgery, notify the office.

Please prepare to have a responsible adult available to provide transportation after your procedure and have arrangements made for any necessary assistance you may require for the following 24 hours. If you are a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany you.


Before your procedure, Dr. Oser will answer any questions that may have arisen since the initial consultation and you will have an opportunity to meet any additional staff members involved. Dr. Oser and his staff will do everything to make you feel as comfortable as possible and will be available to address any concerns that you may have.


Just as everyone is an individual, everyone recovers differently. Avoiding strenuous activity and sleeping on your back is recommended for one to two weeks following surgery. Most patients are back to work within two weeks.

A couple days after your surgery, Dr. Oser will follow up with you to see how you' are healing, answer any questions and, if necessary, prescribe medication.