Gynecomastia is a little known condition that affects a small portion of the male population. In layman’s term, gynecomastia is an increase in the breast tissue of a male. The result of this condition is that the man’s breast grows larger, often resembling a female breast in size and shape.

Gynecomastia can be either a genetic condition or a result of specific drugs. For most men this condition is temporary, but for a rare few it can be permanent. Men who are affected by the condition offer suffer embarrassment due to cultural stigma and expectations. This mbarrassment can lead to depression and even suicidaltendencies.

While most patients at the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre are female, the clinic also provide breast reduction surgery specifically for men suffering from gynecomastia. Male patients receive the same level of care and confidentiality as female patients, in order to ensure that they receive the best possible treatment available in Toronto and that they feel better about themselves after the surgery.

Surgical Procedure

Male breast reduction focuses on removing both fatty and glandular breast tissue, as necessary, in order to create a flatter and smaller chest contour. When necessary, Dr. Chivers will also remove excess skin and adjust the height of the areola to create a more aesthetically pleasing look. Every patient gets a custom procedure that fulfills their specific needs and wants.


Candidates for male breast reduction men who are in generally good health and are suffering one or more of the following symptoms of gynecomastia:

  • Excess amounts of breast tissue
  • Sagging or hanging breast tissue / nipples
  • Excess skin around the chest
  • Exceptionally sensitive breast tissue or nipples
  • Solid mounds of breast tissue

If you are a patient exhibiting any of these or similar symptoms, you are likely a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery.
Dr. Chivers will make a final determination of your candidacy and what surgical procedures you require during the initial consultation. It is important to note that patients that are suffering gynecomastia due to drug interactions may not be eligible for surgery until the drug is no longer being used or may only be eligible for limited surgical assistance.


The full recovery process for male breast reduction surgery usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks. For the first 7 to 10 days, you will experience moderate pain and should avoid strenuous activities. After that time period, you should be able to return to work and engage in lightly strenuous activities. Also, due to swelling, you are likely to actually see an increase in the size of your chest during this time. This is common and temporary. By the end of the recovery process, you should be able to return to all normal activities and have a chest shape that is more commonly associated with the male physique.


Before performing surgery on gynecomastia patients at the
Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre in Toronto, Dr. Chivers
requires all patients to have an initial consultation.
This consultation is important both to determine precisely
what surgical procedures you need and to fully
answer any questions you may have.

If you are suffering from gynecomastia and would like to
reduce the size of your breast tissue, contact us today
to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Chivers is
waiting to give you the chest shape that
makes you feel best about yourself.

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