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Gynecomastia in Wellesley, MA, at Wellesley Plastic Surgery

No matter how much you diet and exercise, nothing seems to help reduce the size of your chest. You may feel acutely self-conscious when changing clothes at the gym, the pool, or during intimate moments – or, you might even be embarrassed about how your chest looks, even when you are fully dressed.

If these scenarios sound all too familiar to you, you may be among the many men with gynecomastia, a medical condition that causes men to develop excess breast tissue.

To learn more about gynecomastia and the most appropriate treatments for your situation, please call (617) 237-6061 or fill out our online form to arrange your consultation.

What Causes Gynecomastia?

A wide range of factors can enlarge male breasts, including genetics, obesity, a hormonal imbalance, aging, and taking specific prescription medications. The most common signs of gynecomastia include swelling and tenderness in the breast tissue. Though this condition doesn’t usually signify a medical problem, gynecomastia can adversely affect your body image and self-confidence. 


Patients seeking male breast reduction surgery have no reason to feel embarrassed. Estimates suggest up to 60% of men develop gynecomastia at some point in their lives, so surgically removing excess tissue and fat will allow you to reclaim your self-esteem.

Proven Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery

The procedure will vary depending on what is being done to the patient’s nose. If Dr. Shektman is reducing the size of the nose, he may need to remove bone or cartilage. Dr. Shektman may also need to use cartilage from the septum to adjust the size and shape of the tip of the nose. Be sure to talk to Dr. Shektman about what he will be doing during the procedure, so you know what to expect.

There are two types of rhinoplasty procedures: open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. During an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon will make incisions along the strip of tissue that divides the two nostrils. In a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are made in a concealed area inside the nose. Different approaches are used for different goals.

Consider these reasons to seek gynecomastia surgery from a qualified plastic surgeon like Dr. Shektman.

  • Improved quality of life: Men can develop insecurities when their enlarged breast tissue remains despite all their efforts. Shaping a firmer, flatter chest can provide a nearly instant confidence boost for men who have dealt with gynecomastia for years. Male breast reduction surgery allows Dr. Shektman’s patients to buy more form-fitting clothing and confidently go bare-chested at the pool or beach.
  • Less body dysmorphia: Many men with gynecomastia feel like their shape doesn’t align with their gender identity. Male breast reduction removes excess fatty tissue, letting men be proud of their flatter chest and more sculpted physique.
  • More comfort when working out: Breasts tend to make physical activity uncomfortable. High-impact exercises like running can be painful and embarrassing if your chest jiggles. While women can buy sports bras to secure their breasts and prevent pain during their workouts, men do not have the same options. Reducing your chest size will make it easier to do regular physical activity, which will help inspire you to stay fit and maintain your surgically reshaped contours.
  • Better posture: Having an enlarged chest can worsen your posture by causing you to round your shoulders and upper back. Over time, this can lead to chronic back pain and a weakened core. Even if your breasts are not heavy enough to pull your upper body forward, you might still hunch your back in hopes of hiding your chest. With a smaller chest, men can stand up tall and straight, exuding confidence and masculinity.

Why Choose Dr. Shektman?

Dr. Shektman is one of the best gynecomastia surgeons in Wellesley. His practice has been a fixture in Massachusetts for three decades, built on a foundation of patient relationships and outstanding results.

Dr. Shektman’s Wellesley gynecomastia surgery offers unparalleled levels of patient safety and care, from your initial consultation through post-surgical follow-up appointments.

Care and Compassion

Dr. Arthur Shektman is a board-certified plastic surgeon, and is recognized as an expert in the field of cosmetic surgery. With over 20+ years of experience and nearly 3,500+ happy patients.

At Wellesley Cosmetic Surgery, our mission has always been to improve our patients’ lives through the use of cutting-edge, innovative plastic surgery techniques in a safe and secure environment.

Gynecomastia FAQs

Some gynecomastia cases resolve themselves over time and don’t require medical intervention. Male breast reduction surgery can address any issues that persist despite your best efforts to diet and exercise.

Most gynecomastia cases occur during puberty, and symptoms disappear from six months to two years.

Many food products stimulate estrogen production and potentially suppress testosterone production. In varying degrees, and when consumed in excess, foods such as soy, dairy, beer, deep-fried food, and shrimp can cause hormonal imbalances. 

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