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What is Gynecomastia?

Surgery for Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is excess breast tissue in men, which causes the chest to be rounder or softer than a typical male chest or nipples that appear puffy. It is most commonly a result of hormonal imbalance during puberty, during which excess tissue developed and never subsided. While a large percentage of men have gynecomastia, it can be a source of self-consciousness and even embarrassment. As this tissue is not simply fat, it cannot be resolved with diet and exercise, often causing men to feel discouraged in their efforts to achieve a more masculine-looking chest Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Brandon Richland offers gynecomastia surgery to help patients realize their best results and best life possible. He strives to deliver the best gynecomastia surgery Newport Beach has to offer. Schedule your consultation to design your personalized treatment plan and take the first step toward resolving your gynecomastia.

Newport Beach gynecomastia surgery provider Dr. Brandon Richland

Is Gynecomastia Surgery
Right for You?

Exploring Your Candidacy

If you feel as though your breasts are overly round, soft, or large, or you have a hard lump under the areola, you are likely a candidate for gynecomastia surgery. In order to undergo surgery, you should be generally healthy, a non-smoker, and have no underlying health conditions that may impair healing. You should also have reasonable expectations for your treatment. While candidates’ breast development needs to be stable, adolescents may also be eligible for surgery. Gynecomastia can have a profound impact on self-esteem, especially in teenagers. It is not uncommon for teens and young adults to undergo gynecomastia surgery to curtail bullying and self-consciousness.

Benefits of
Gynecomastia Surgery

Regain self-esteem

Surgery for gynecomastia offers a number of benefits, offering a significantly better quality of life for patients with this condition by:

  • Allowing clothes to fit better
  • Achieving a more masculine physique
  • Enhancing confidence and self-esteem
  • Improving enjoyment of physical activities
  • Being able to wear tighter fitting t-shirts or workout gear

Your Gynecomastia Surgery Procedure

What’s Involved

Depending on your specific needs, your surgery may include liposuction, skin excision, or both. For liposuction alone, Dr. Richland will make several tiny incisions to access the excess tissue.

If skin excision is needed, there are several techniques Dr. Richland may use, depending on the amount of skin that needs to be removed. During the planning phase of your treatment, he will provide you with all of your procedure details.

While some treatment plans may necessitate general anesthesia, gynecomastia surgery can, in some cases, be performed using local anesthesia. Depending on the nature of your gynecomastia, you may be a candidate for our in-office treatment that allows you to remain fully awake throughout your entire procedure.

If you are a candidate for liposuction for gynecomastia and have minimal skin laxity, Dr. Richland may use Renuvion to tighten your skin once the excess breast tissue is removed. Renuvion is a minimally invasive treatment that uses thermal energy and cold plasma to significantly tighten skin without damaging other tissues. Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Richland will apply a dressing and possibly a supportive compression garment to help your chest contours to develop optimally. Some patients also require a drain that will be removed in one to two weeks.

Gynecomastia Surgery
Consultation Process


Dr. Richland’s dedication to excellence inspires his exceptionally thorough consultation process. To create your ideal treatment plan, he will consider your concerns, condition, medical needs, lifestyle, and expectations for your procedure. According to his assessment, he will present you with your best options, and, together, you will create your detailed treatment plan.

Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery

You can expect to stay home from work for about one week, in most cases. While you may feel sore for the first few days after your surgery, recovery is relatively mild compared to other surgeries. However, our Newport Beach gynecomastia surgery patients will need to take it easy and avoid strenuous workouts for several weeks to allow their body to heal.

Gynecomastia Surgery Results

The reduction in breast tissue volume will be immediately apparent, though your results will continue to improve as your swelling subsides and your incisions heal. You will have a good idea of what your final results will look like in around three months. However, it may take up to six months for your breasts' contours and incisions to achieve their final state.

Newport Beach Gynecomastia surgery model facing the sun

Schedule Your Consultation for Gynecomastia Surgery with Dr. Richland

Begin Your Journey Toward A More Masculine Appearance

If you are ready to begin your treatment process and leave gynecomastia behind, please contact our office to schedule your consultation in Newport Beach or Huntington Beach. Gynecomastia surgery offers the most effective solution for men seeking a more masculine-looking chest.

Gynecomastia Surgery FAQs

There is no precise testing to diagnose gynecomastia. In general, if you feel a hard lump under the nipple or areola or if you have larger breasts than you think you should, you are likely affected by gynecomastia. Dr. Richland will examine you and confirm your condition during your consultation.

The results from gynecomastia surgery are generally permanent. Once the tissue is removed, it should not return if your weight remains stable and any inciting factors are not reintroduced.

You can expect your surgery to take one to two hours.

Depending on the details of your treatment, your procedure may require general anesthesia or if a smaller area can be done under local anesthesia in the office.

You will be able to begin your at-home recovery immediately after your surgery. You will need to arrange for a close friend or family member to drive you home and watch you for the first 24 hours.

Discover the difference Dr. Richland’s expertise can make in your life.

The journey to your ideal look and life should be one of excitement and assuredness. With Dr. Brandon Richland, you can expect nothing short of excellence from your initial consultation to the moment you realize your final results. Take the first step to realizing your aesthetic goals by scheduling a consultation in Newport Beach, Fountain Valley or Huntington Beach. Please complete this form to request an in-person consultation or click here for a Virtual Consultation.

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