An illustration of a good candidate for male breast reduction, or gynecomastia, surgery.

An illustration of a good candidate for male breast reduction, or gynecomastia, surgery.

Gynecomastia, the medical term for breasts that appear enlarged in men, is a very common condition that can often cause extreme self-consciousness. Male breast reduction surgery from Dr. Zuckerman can not only reduce excess fat and tissue from the breasts, but it can also go a long way restoring one’s self-esteem. With male breast reduction procedures, Dr. Zuckerman can eliminate the excess and renew the appearance of your chest. He offers discreet, confidential treatment for men who would like to correct this condition. Dr. Zuckerman has studied and trained at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world including Brown University and NYU. He will work with you to ensure the safest, most effective treatment possible, and an outcome that meets, and perhaps exceeds, your expectations.

To schedule a consultation for male breast reduction surgery at Dr. Zuckerman's Manhattan or Westchester offices, please contact the practice today.

The Surgery

Gynecomastia affects 40 to 60 percent of men and typically begins in adolescence. The condition is characterized by excess skin, fat, and sometimes glandular tissue, in the breasts, giving them an enlarged appearance. Gynecomastia can lead to a severe lack of self-esteem, and in some cases deep depression and psychological problems. Although the exact cause of gynecomastia is unknown, possible causes of the condition include:

  • Obesity
  • Natural aging
  • Some prescription medications and medications containing estrogen
  • Anabolic steroid use
  • Use of herbal testosterone additives
  • Klinefelter Sydrome
  • Gilbert’s Syndrome
  • Puberty
  • Testicular hormone production irregularities
  • Problems with liver function

Gynecomastia is not something a person just has to learn to live with. It can be treated with male breast reduction surgery that can provide a re-contoured, more toned-looking chest area and a significant boost to self-confidence.

Patients who qualify for male breast reduction surgery are often those who are not considered obese. Patients who are overweight are often advised to try traditional weight loss methods before having a breast reduction procedure. Male breast reduction surgery is also not for men who drink excessive amounts of alcohol or who smoke marijuana, as both have been linked to gynecomastia.

Dr. Zuckerman will meet with you in a private consultation to discuss all aspects of male breast reduction surgery. At this initial consultation, you are encouraged to ask questions and address your concerns, and he will work with you to determine your candidacy and see if male breast reduction can meet your ultimate goals.

Male Breast Reduction Procedure


During male breast reduction surgery, Dr. Zuckerman will make small incisions hidden in the armpit or around the areola (the dark-pigmented area surrounding the nipple). Excess skin, fat, and/or glandular tissue will be removed, and liposuction may also be employed to suction out extra fat. The length of the procedure will depend on the extent of your condition; however, male breast reduction procedures are typically performed as an outpatient under general anesthesia and typically take one to two hours to complete.

Male breast reduction surgery can be performed at Dr. Zuckerman's state-of-the-art operating rooms in midtown Manhattan, accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF). The operatories are fully equipped and certified to offer the highest standard of care.


Patients can expect to experience some swelling and discomfort after surgery, but this should dissipate fairly quickly. Male breast reduction surgery patients can typically resume their normal daily routines within the first few days after the procedure.


Dr. Zuckerman is highly experienced and skilled with male breast reduction surgery and will take every precaution to ensure a safe surgical and recovery process that minimizes any potential risks. The entire process of surgery – including pre-operative, surgical, and post-operative recovery details – will be discussed with you during your initial consultation.

Before & After Results

View more Before & After results from Dr. Zuckerman on the Before & After page of his website.

Ready for your consultation?

Are you ready for your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? During your consultation, Dr. Zuckerman can address any concerns or questions that you may have about the surgery. He will also discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office via the request form or call any of his four physical office locations. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York to have surgery.