Sculpting a more masculine chest is possible with a male breast reduction, also called gynecomastia surgery. At our West Des Moines, IA, plastic surgery practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Carlisle performs this procedure to help men who are self-conscious about feminine-looking breasts.

What Is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the technical term for enlarged male breasts. The condition can cause significant embarrassment and often cannot be improved with diet and exercise alone. While gynecomastia often develops during puberty, most men grow out of it by their twenties, but some still deal with enlarged breasts further into adulthood.

Gynecomastia is not commonly talked about, so men are usually unaware of their options. Diet and exercise can help achieve a healthier physique, but true gynecomastia cannot be corrected by a healthy lifestyle alone and often requires surgery.

How Is Male Breast Reduction Performed?

While you are under general anesthesia, Dr. Carlisle performs liposuction to remove excess fat tissue from the breast area. He also removes excess skin, reduces the areola if needed, and tightens the area to create a flatter, more masculine-looking chest.

Meet Our Providers

At Koch & Carlisle, we have assembled a team of three highly skilled, board-certified plastic surgeons—two for the face and one for the breast and body. The result: exceptional plastic surgery results from head to toe for the West Des Moines, IA, area.

How Much Does a Male Breast Reduction Cost in Des Moines, IA?

The price of gynecomastia surgery at our West Des Moines plastic surgery practice starts at $5,000 and varies from person to person, depending on the technique used and other factors. As part of the consultation process, we will provide you with a personalized quote detailing your expected costs.

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What Is Male Breast Reduction Recovery Like?

Most people return to work within about a week after gynecomastia surgery. It’s normal to experience some swelling and soreness during the first week or so. After 4 to 6 weeks, you’ll likely be ready to resume more strenuous exercise.

What Do Male Breast Reduction Scars Look Like?

Most gynecomastia is corrected through a small, well-concealed incision along the border of the areola, but some require a larger scar if there is excessive droop to the skin. We offer scar reduction therapies to help your scars appear as inconspicuous as possible.

Your Consultation

If you would like to learn more about gynecomastia surgery, please call (515) 277-5555 or request a consultation online. Our West Des Moines office welcomes men interested in male breast reduction from Ankeny, Urbandale, and the Davenport area.

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