Gynecomastia at the Clinique de la Croix d’Or

of the session

30 Min


48 hours

resumption of
physical activity under

1 week

     of the session

from 5’000 CH



Corrective surgery for gynecomastia is intended for men with overdeveloped mammary glands and excess pectoral fat. Gynecomastia can affect only one breast or both at the same time. There are many causes of gynecomastia. It is sometimes seen fleetingly in adolescence. In its persistent form in adults, the condition can be the result of severe weight loss, disease, tumors, or due to the use of certain medications. It can also be hereditary.

Male breast reduction can only be performed after a complete examination of the patient. Verifying the nature and origin of the condition is essential. Extensive diagnostic tests are performed to assess and discover the causes, ensure that disease is not the trigger, and to detect any underlying conditions. If and when the etiological tests are conclusive and it is established that no disease causes the gynecomastia, the corrective surgery project can be put in place.

A breast ultrasound may be prescribed to assess the patient’s condition and determine eligibility for partial insurance coverage.

The operation removes the excess fat and glandular tissue to restore a more masculine appearance to the chest.

Two types of gynecomastia are common in men: tuberous gynecomastia and that after weight loss or gain. In the first case, the patient has two small, deformed breasts. The procedure removes glandular tissue and redistributes the skin around the areola, the dark area around the nipple. The incision is made in the areola so that the final scar is inconspicuous. In the other case, after extreme weight variation, fat and skin on the breasts may be excessive and unattractive. The excess skin and fat are removed from the pectoral muscle. The scar is almost invisible and will disappear after a few months. The appearance of the upper body is harmonious and natural.

the procedure

Before the operation, several preparatory visits are to be expected.  A complete etiological assessment will be performed.  Consulting an endocrinologist may also be necessary, as well as a routine appointment with the anesthesiologist.  The operation is performed under local or general anesthesia.

Depending on the results of these consultations, the surgeon establishes a complete plan for the corrective surgery.  He will explain the course of operation as well as the location of the incision, and all the postoperative consequences.

Depending on the type of gynecomastia, the surgeon performs the operation under local anesthesia, performing the aspiration of the excess fat deposits and/or the removal of the mammary glands.  If necessary, excess skin can also be removed.

The surgery lasts from twenty minutes to two hours, depending on the corrections to be made to the patient’s chest.  In exceptional cases, the surgery is performed on the day of entry to the clinic.  The patient is not hospitalized and is able to go home at the end of the operation.

after the operation

Bruising and swelling are common after the operation.  They disappear in a few weeks, gradually and slowly.

If no glandular tissue is removed during the operation, post-operative pain is minimal– there is only soreness or aching.  Otherwise, pain relief treatment is recommended for the first 24 hours.  A compression bandage is applied and is replaced by a less restrictive bandage on the second day.  Wearing a compression vest for a few days is generally recommended to help with skin retraction and healing.

Exercise is off-limits for a month, and sun exposure is to be avoided for six months.  The patient can generally return to work after ten days.

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