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Gynecomastia Surgery

In Philadelphia And New Jersey

Men suffering from gynecomastia have varying severity of enlarged breasts or “man boobs”. Dr. Lo personalizes his surgical technique to your individual situation removing the “man boobs” to give you the best look possible.

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Adrian Lo, MD, FACS, FRCS (C), a leading Philadelphia gynecomastia surgeon, understands that having a normal looking, muscular chest is important to many men.

Did you know that?

  • About 40 to 60 percent of men suffer from enlarged breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia, or sometimes referred to as “man boobs”.
  • You can eat healthy, exercise regularly and still not get the chest profile that you want with the “man boobs” still remaining.
  • There is no “magic pill” or medication that can get rid of your gynecomastia.

If this sounds familiar, you will benefit from gynecomastia plastic surgery with Dr. Lo.

Learn About Gynecomastia Surgery

  • Gynecomastia means female breast in Greek and is used to described enlarged breasts in males.
  • True gynecomastia is defined as an enlarged breast, or gland tissue. Many factors can play a role in the development of gynecomastia, such as hormone imbalance, genetics, medications, alcohol abuse and the use of steroids. Often, adolescents develop excess breast tissue during puberty that never goes away.
  • Pseudogynecomastia is when men develop gynecomastia because of an increase in fat as opposed to gland tissue in the breast area. This can occur due to significant weight gain, weight fluctuations over time or hereditary factors.

What Are The Advantages Of Gynecomastia Surgery?

Permanent removal of your gynecomastia or man boobs as conservative treatment with diet, exercise, medication and pills do not work.

Hidden scars around the nipple, areola and armpit that heal almost invisible.

Painless recovery requiring little or no pain medication.

Removes risk of breast cancer.

Am I A Candidate For Gynecomastia Surgery?

During your gynecomastia surgery consultation, Dr. Lo will evaluate your unique anatomy, aesthetic goals and develop a customized gynecomastia treatment plan that is best for you.

You May Be A Candidate For Gynecomastia Surgery If:

  • You are not happy with the appearance of your chest caused by enlarged breasts or man boobs.
  • You can feel firm gland tissue behind your nipple or areola.
  • You have puffy nipples or areolas.
  • Diet and exercise have not improved the appearance of your chest.  Most often, diet and exercise do not help.
  • You wish to improve the look of your chest.

You May Not Be A Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery If:

  • Most men are candidates for gynecomastia surgery. If you have severe health problems or medical conditions, then Dr. Lo may ask for a medical evaluation to be done to assess your suitability for gynecomastia surgery.

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What Are The Surgical Options To Treat Gynecomastia?

Depending on the cause and complexity of your gynecomastia, Dr. Lo will use different gynecomastia surgical techniques for your surgery to give you a normal-looking masculine chest.

Advanced Liposuction For Gynecomastia

If your man boobs consist of mainly fat, then the following advanced liposuction techniques may be used to remove the fat through an armpit cut.

  • Tumescent liposuction: Before performing liposuction, Dr. Lo injects tumescent fluid into the area to be treated. Tumescent fluid is a sterile solution made of saline (sterile saltwater solution), a local anesthetic called lidocaine and a vasoconstrictor called epinephrine. This solution is used to minimize bleeding, bruising, swelling and pain.
  • Ultrasonic liposuction: This liposuction technique uses ultrasonic waves to “melt’ the fat before it is suctioned out. Dr. Lo will use this method to give you more extensive sculpting or contouring through the chest area.
  • Power-assisted liposuction (PAL): Additionally, Dr. Lo uses power-assisted liposuction (PAL) which is another liposuction technique that uses an oscillating cannula to remove fibrous fat in the chest area to achieve maximum contouring of the chest region.

Advanced Liposuction For Gynecomastia

Subcutaneous Mastectomy For Gynecomastia

Operation Room If your man boobs consist of mainly glands, Dr. Lo will perform subcutaneous mastectomy which is the surgical procedure that removes gland tissue. Dr. Lo calls this “cutting out the glands”. With subcutaneous mastectomy, Dr. Lo makes a cut or incision in the lower part of the areola, the area around the nipple, through which he removes the gland tissue. The scar will be hidden in the edge of the pigmented areola and will be nearly invisible. If you have puffy nipples, this will also be corrected at this time. Additionally, advanced liposuction may also be performed with gland removal to shape and contour your chest to give the best look possible.

Above image shows armpit incision used for liposuction and nipple/areolar incision used for gland removal.

Above image shows armpit incision used for liposuction and nipple/areolar incision used for gland removal.

Male Breast Reduction For Gynecomastia

If your man boobs are severe and they are a B, C or D cup breast size, Dr. Lo may recommend male breast reduction surgery. Male breast reduction procedure uses two incisions on each chest for your gynecomastia surgery. The procedure consists of a circumferential cut around the nipple/areola to make it smaller and reposition it higher on your chest in a more normal position. There will also be an incision or cut in the lower part of your chest from side to side in the inframammary crease. Through these incisions, the excess breast tissue and skin are removed allowing shaping and contouring of your chest.

Above image shows incisions used for the male breast reduction procedure.

Above image shows incisions used for the male breast reduction procedure.

The Dr. Lo Advantage

No Pain Protocol for Gynecomastia Surgery:  Dr. Lo has developed a multi-step plan to minimize your pain and discomfort promoting a fast recovery. Most of his gynecomastia patients take no pain medication after surgery or if needed, acetaminophen or an anti-inflammatory may be recommended.

Fast Recovery:  Chest work outs can be resumed in 2 weeks as Dr. Lo encourages you to begin to shape the chest.  There is no restriction on abdominal exercises and lower body workouts.

Gynecomastia Specialist: Dr. Adrian Lo is a board-certified top plastic surgeon with over 25 years of experience and has been recognized nationally for his gynecomastia surgery expertise.

Gynecomastia Surgery FAQs



Gynecomastia surgery will give you the normal looking chest that you desire. If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Lo and his practice, contact Dr. Lo by calling (215) 829-6900 or by filling out our online contact form. Dr. Lo offers cosmetic plastic surgery for patients in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, including the cities of Philadelphia, Marlton, Cherry Hill, and Mount Laurel.


Philadelphia Cosmetic Surgery

301 South 8th Street, Suite 3H,
Philadelphia PA 19106

New Jersey Cosmetic Surgery

990 Route 73 North
Marlton, NJ 08053

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