Gynecomastia or enlargement of the male breasts is a common condition that affects men of all ages and sizes. It is caused by hormone changes, heredity, disease or some drugs. Often it begins during puberty and continues into early adulthood. In older men it is often an effect of gravity and body weight.

This condition is more of a social stigma than a medical problem. Most men feel compelled to remove their shirts on social occasions at some point whether at the pool or at a barbecue or even living communally at college. Even wearing tight t-shirts can reveal this condition. This can cause significant social anxiety in men who are trying to hide their chest. Men may also try to avoid intimacy to prevent anyone from seeing their chest. Other men resort to baggy clothing like sweatshirts.

Gynecomastia is treated through surgery to remove excess tissue and skin if necessary. In certain cases if the cause of gynecomastia is fat, liposuction alone can be used. In other cases it is necessary to remove glandular tissue. It may also be necessary to reposition or reduce the areola and nipple area and remove excess skin. Dr. Eichenberg will make incision marks that are concealed within the contours of the skin.

After surgery, men will be sent home bandaged with detailed instructions for care. A special compression garment may be used to control swelling. Medications to prevent infection and pain relievers may be prescribed.

For most men, the results of male breast reduction surgery are permanent. However, if certain prescription drugs or steroid use caused the enlarged tissue, unless those drugs are eliminated, the gynecomastia may return. Remaining at a stable weight is also necessary.

Gynecomastia surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at our state of the art facility in Murietta. You can achieve a flatter chest with a more masculine contour. Give yourself the confidence to go to the beach, park or gym with no embarrassment.

Dr. Eichenberg, a board certified, Temecula and Murrieta gynecomastia plastic surgeon can help you achieve your goals with male breast reduction surgery. To learn more and see actual before and after photos of male patients visit us at

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