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Gynecomastia Surgery

Eliminate the stress of gynecomastia and reclaim your confidence. Opt for male breast reduction surgery with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva in Newport Beach, CA. Achieve a flatter, more masculine chest through the removal of excess tissue and elevate your self-esteem.

The Benefits of Gynecomastia Treatment

Do you feel confined by your gynecomastia? Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva in Newport Beach, CA, offers surgical options that can help you regain confidence and a masculine physique. Say goodbye to baggy shirts and social anxiety. Unleash a new, self-assured you with our proven surgery for gynecomastia.

Transform Your Chest, Transform Your Life

If you’re a man with gynecomastia (aka male breasts) and the idea of going to the beach without wearing a shirt or tank top to cover your chest makes you anxious, there’s good news. Surgery for gynecomastia is an effective solution for men who have enlarged breast tissue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva of LEA Plastic Surgery performs male breast reduction surgery in Newport Beach to help men in Orange County, Southern California, and beyond feel more confident in their everyday lives and improve their body image.

Men are typically embarrassed by gynecomastia and often seek male breast reduction in Newport Beach to have the excess breast tissue removed.

Symptoms of this condition include swollen breast tissue and tenderness in the chest area. Gynecomastia is triggered when the individual has a lower amount of testosterone than estrogen. Factors related to male breast growth include:

  • Hormone fluctuations in infancy and during puberty (this is normal and often goes away on its own)
  • Medications such as anti-androgens, anabolic steroids, anti-anxiety medication, antibiotics, and more
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Health issues such as hypogonadism, tumors, hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, and cirrhosis

Individuals at the highest risk for gynecomastia include adolescents, men between 50 and 80, those who use anabolic steroids for athletic performance, and men with health conditions such as kidney disease, thyroid disease, cirrhosis, or an active tumor.

Conditions that cause similar symptoms of gynecomastia include fatty breast tissue (pseudo-gynecomastia), breast cancer, and mastitis.

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the excessive development of breast tissue in boys and men. Male breast enlargement is typically caused by an imbalance between the levels of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. Identifying the type of gynecomastia you have may be essential for effective treatment. Although it most often affects both breasts, it can occasionally affect just one.

Breasts in men are not a serious medical problem. However, for a man to have a sagging or enlarged chest can cause emotional distress, which can affect his mental health. Thus, this condition can be difficult to live with.

About Gynecomastia Treatment

Male breasts sometimes go away on their own over time, but doctors often recommend surgical treatment for gynecomastia in Newport Beach and Orange County for those who want to achieve a flat, masculine chest. Surgical options often involve liposuction or the excision of glandular breast tissue.

Liposuction is used when the breast tissue is mostly excess fat and not breast gland tissue. Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva most often performs male breast reduction surgery endoscopically. This method uses small incisions, is less invasive, and has a shorter recovery process than a traditional mastectomy.

Gynecomastia is a condition that occurs in boys and men

Am I a Good Candidate for Male Breast Reduction? 

Any man can experience gynecomastia regardless of their size or weight. However, men with excessive breast tissue may be ideal candidates for male breast reduction if they are at their ideal weight or a healthy weight. Men in Newport Beach or Orange County looking for gynecomastia treatment should be in good health, at a stable weight, at least 16 years of age, and have realistic expectations and a positive outlook for what surgery can accomplish.

The Consultation for Male Breast Reduction 

Men interested in male breast reduction surgery should schedule a consultation with a reputable and board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss their goals and treatment options.

If you want to find out if this surgery is right for you, Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva can help you through this process. The first step is to schedule a gynecomastia consultation at her Newport Beach office. Patients come to Dr. Ho Taghva from all over the country—and even internationally.

During this initial meeting, be prepared to discuss your goals for surgery as well as any current medical conditions, medications, and previous surgeries. Dr. Ho Taghva will evaluate any risk factors and may request diagnostic testing to determine the cause of the gynecomastia, if necessary.

She will examine your chest, take photographs, and discuss your options for surgery. The surgeon will explain any risks involved with gynecomastia correction in Orange County and go over the type of anesthesia needed.

Patients are always encouraged to speak up and share feelings, thoughts, doubts, and fears about surgery. Dr. Ho Taghva is known for her ability to relate to her patients, and this relationship is key to a successful outcome.

Preparing for Gynecomastia Surgery

In preparation for male breast reduction, Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva may recommend lab tests. She may ask a primary care doctor or an endocrinologist to provide an evaluation. She may need to adjust or eliminate certain medications you are taking altogether before surgery.

You should stop smoking well in advance of the surgery, as continuing to use nicotine products can impair the healing process. You should also avoid any anti-inflammatories since these medications can increase bleeding.

Before the procedure, arrange for someone to drive you to and from your surgical appointment. Even though male breast reduction is performed on an outpatient basis, some patients prefer to have someone stay with them overnight following the surgery.

Hormonal Imbalances: The Primary Reason

At the core of gynecomastia is a hormonal imbalance between estrogen and testosterone. While estrogen, the female hormone, promotes breast tissue growth, testosterone, the male hormone, inhibits it. In gynecomastia, this delicate balance is disrupted, often leading to breast tissue development. Common causes of this imbalance include:

Genetic Factors and Lifestyle Influences

In addition to hormonal imbalances, genetics and lifestyle choices play a significant role in the development of gynecomastia. Men with a family history of the condition may be more predisposed. Moreover, factors like obesity, which increases estrogen production, and the use of substances like alcohol and recreational drugs, can exacerbate the condition.

Differentiating Gynecomastia from Other Conditions

It’s important to distinguish true gynecomastia, which involves glandular breast tissue, from pseudogynecomastia, characterized by fat deposits without glandular proliferation. A thorough medical evaluation, often including imaging tests like ultrasound or mammography, is essential for an accurate diagnosis.

Gynecomastia Before-and-After Pictures

The Male Breast Reduction Procedure

We perform facelifts in Newport Beach on an outpatient basis at our Orange County surgery center. Our beautiful surgical facility, GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, is located right next door to LEA Plastic Surgery. You do not need to visit a hospital, as our state-of-the-art outpatient ambulatory surgery center is accredited with Medicare and offers the highest level of safety and comfort.

Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva performs gynecomastia surgery in Newport Beach at the GALEA Center for Advanced Surgery, a Medicare-accredited surgery center (the highest level of accreditation for outpatient ambulatory surgery centers). GALEA is next door to the LEA Plastic Surgery office.

The doctor will perform the procedure on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. She will have determined beforehand whether you need liposuction or tissue excision. Often, she uses both methods to remove excess tissue and glandular breast tissue.

If liposuction is necessary, the surgeon will insert a cannula (a hollow suction tube) through several small incisions. She will move this tool back and forth to loosen the excess fat before suctioning it out.

Excision is a technique that Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva can use to remove glandular tissue or excess skin. She will make a small incision, often either around the areola or under the breast. This incision is larger than needed for liposuction, and its placement depends on your preferences and the specific condition of the breast tissue. Individuals who have undergone significant weight loss may also need to have excess skin removed.

Combining liposuction and excision is very common. In these cases, the surgeon will first use liposuction to remove the fat and then use excision to reduce the breast size.

Recovery from Gynecomastia Surgery

Before surgery, Dr. Ho Taghva will go over the medications you’ll need to take post-operatively, if and when she will remove your stitches, and when you can resume normal activities. She will also schedule a follow-up appointment. Following the surgeon’s instructions closely will help ensure the most successful outcome.

Immediately after surgery, the doctor will apply a dressing and bandage to the incisions. You will need to wear a support garment to keep any swelling down and to support the new chest contours. You must avoid strenuous activities, especially if they involve the pectoral muscles.

Dr. Ho Taghva may place a thin tube under your skin to drain excess fluid and blood. In that case, she will provide specific instructions for aftercare, drains, and medications.

The recovery period depends on the details of your surgery. Typically, the recovery time for this type of surgery is anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks. However, patients can usually return to work about two to three days following the procedure. This downtime is needed for the healing process.

You can resume mild to light exercise about one week after surgery and full activity in the lower body after about 2 weeks. You can resume upper-body or chest area workouts after about 4 weeks. You should wear a compression garment for approximately 2–4 weeks.

Gynecomastia surgery is generally a safe procedure with minimal risks

Initial Consultation: Personalized Care Starts Here

Embarking on your gynecomastia surgery journey begins with a comprehensive consultation. Our approach is patient-centric, ensuring that each individual’s unique needs and concerns are addressed. During this initial meeting, you can expect:

  • Thorough Medical Evaluation: We assess your medical history, current health status, and any medications to ensure you’re a suitable candidate for surgery.
  • Discussion of Goals and Expectations: Understanding your desired outcomes is crucial. We’ll discuss your aesthetic goals and set realistic expectations for the surgery’s results.
  • Detailed Explanation of the Procedure: We provide an in-depth overview of the surgical process, including techniques we use and what you can expect during the operation.

Preparing for Surgery: Steps for Optimal Outcomes

Preparation is key to a successful gynecomastia surgery. To ensure the best possible results, we recommend:

  • Physical Preparation: Achieving a stable weight and maintaining good health is essential. We may advise specific dietary or lifestyle changes.
  • Medication Management: Some medications may need to be adjusted or stopped temporarily. We’ll guide you through this process.
  • Arranging Post-Surgery Care: Plan for someone to drive you home after your surgery and assist you for the first few days of your recovery.

The Day of Surgery: What to Expect 

On the day of your surgery, our team will be ready to provide you with the highest level of care. The procedure typically involves:

  • Anesthesia: We use the most appropriate anesthesia for your comfort and safety.
  • Surgical Technique: Depending on your specific case, we may use liposuction, excision, or a combination of both to achieve the best results.
  • Duration: The surgery usually takes a few hours, after which you will rest in our recovery area before going home.

The Cost of Male Breast Reduction Surgery

The cost of male breast reduction in Newport Beach, CA, depends on the specific treatment plan and the techniques needed for your unique case. To determine the exact cost, you will need to schedule a consultation with Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva at LEA Plastic Surgery. During this meeting, the doctor will evaluate your chest and discuss your goals before creating a customized treatment plan that fits within your budget.

It is important to note that although many plastic surgery procedures are eligible for health insurance coverage, gynecomastia correction is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and is not usually covered by insurance companies. However, since all forms of payment are accepted at LEA Plastic Surgery, there are several financing options available for patients who do not have medical insurance coverage.

To learn more about the costs of male breast reduction or to inquire about financing options, please contact the team at LEA Plastic Surgery today to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Ho Taghva!

Gynecomastia Surgery Risks and Safety

Gynecomastia surgery is a very safe procedure with minimal risks. However, as with all surgical procedures, there are some potential risks that should be discussed with Dr. Ho Taghva. The most common risks associated with gynecomastia surgery include infection, excessive bleeding, and scarring. In rare cases, there can be a reaction to the anesthesia or an adverse reaction to the medications prescribed for pain or healing.

Dr. Ho Taghva will review the potential risks and safety measures prior to the procedure to minimize any complications. It is also important to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions carefully. This includes avoiding strenuous activity and refraining from smoking for at least 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after having gynecomastia surgery.

In addition, proper care of your incisions is essential to prevent infection and speed up the healing process. Dr. Ho Taghva will provide detailed instructions regarding aftercare, which should be followed closely for best results.

“I love doctor Ho! She is the best! She did my eyes ~ and my fat transfer ~ after the surgery she follows me every week ~ she always give me good advice!~ I am loving my new face now~ thanks and millions of thanks for her! ”


“I was born with left eye ptosis and always had one eye monolid and the other has double crease. It is very difficult for me to do makeup everyday. It bothered me very long time. Now I have even double eyelid and am happy with it. Thank you Dr. Taghva who has amazing skills for the beauty which brings happiness for women.”


Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva
Dr. Goretti Ho Taghva

Frequently Asked Questions About Gynecomastia Surgery

Is gynecomastia surgery safe?

When performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, gynecomastia surgery is generally very safe. However, all surgeries involve risks such as bleeding, infection, and anesthesia complications.

Are there any side effects of male breast reduction?

Sometimes surgery can leave visible scars or pigment changes. Slightly uneven nipples or breasts are a possible side effect, and in these cases, the patient may require a second male breast reduction procedure. However, choosing an experienced gynecomastia surgeon in Newport Beach to perform male breast reduction surgery can greatly reduce the chances of developing these unwanted side effects.

What causes gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia, or breast enlargement, is caused by several factors. The main reason breasts develop in males is due to hormonal imbalances of estrogen and testosterone. Excess estrogen can make breast tissue grow, whereas testosterone stops growth. If this delicate balance is thrown off, male breasts can develop.

Can breast tissue grow back after gynecomastia surgery?

Yes, however, recurrence of glandular breast tissue is rare. Fatty tissue may return after male breast reduction if the patient gains weight gain. In this case, the patient may need another course of liposuction in the future. This is why it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle after surgery.

How do I choose the right surgeon to perform my male breast reduction?

Selecting the right gynecomastia surgeon is crucial to ensure you achieve the best results possible. It is important to choose a surgeon who is board-certified and has a strong reputation for completing this type of cosmetic procedure with a high success rate. Do the research, look at before and after photos, and check the qualifications of the Orange County plastic surgeons you are considering.

What gynecomastia surgery office is near me?

If you live near Newport Beach, CA, LEA Plastic Surgery offers gynecomastia surgery among its services, and is conveniently located at 20360 SW Birch Street Suite 180 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Call 949-945-2168 today or submit the form below. We look forward to helping you reach your cosmetic surgery goals.

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