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What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a common medical condition that causes the abnormal development of male breasts. With male breast reduction, men who are struggling with gynecomastia can enjoy a more masculine-looking chest and end the embarrassment associated with “man boobs.” Quite commonly, men with gynecomastia present with complaints of “puffy nipples” that are made worse by warm temperature.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who has helped thousands of men with gynecomastia improve the appearance of their chests. In addition to his Chicago gynecomastia treatment, Dr. Placik offers a number of body contouring procedures for both men and women in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on male breast reduction, including prices.

Dr. Otto Placik is a top rated gynecomastia surgeon.

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Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


Men or adolescent boys with overdeveloped breasts often endure emotional and psychological trauma as a result. Teen boys with gynecomastia can experience difficulty functioning socially and develop low self-esteem. For adult men, it’s not uncommon for this condition to affect intimate relationships and contribute to a poor body image. Gynecomastia may be caused by a hormonal imbalance, and although the symptoms sometimes improve over time, medical intervention may be needed. After male breast reduction surgery, men who are suffering from the effects of gynecomastia often enjoy a fuller life with a renewed sense of self-confidence.

How surgery for gynecomastia will be performed depends primarily on what type of tissue is causing the breasts to become enlarged. When actual breast tissue is present in excess, surgical removal of the glandular tissue is necessary. However, liposuction can often be effective when excess fat is the main culprit of the enlarged breasts. Either surgical approach (or a combination of both) allows Dr. Placik to sculpt the surrounding chest area and restore stronger, more chiseled lines. Some men also elect to have liposuction performed on the stomach or flanks at the same time to create a more toned, athletic appearance throughout their entire upper body.

Male Breast Reduction

Male Breast Reduction
Patient Not a Model

The following diagram illustrates several male breast reduction surgery approaches:

Male breast reduction surgery is performed under general anesthesia and typically doesn’t require a hospital stay. If surgical excision of breast issue is necessary, Dr. Placik will make every effort to keep incisions small and inconspicuous in order to leave minimal scarring. Incisions may be required in the areola, around the edge of the nipple or possibly in the underarm area. If gynecomastia can be treated with liposuction alone, then the incisions are so small that they may not even require stitches.

After surgery, you should expect swelling, bruising and some degree of discomfort. A compression garment may be required in the weeks following surgery to help control swelling and prevent fluid accumulation. Most men return to work and daily activities within a few days, but the final results may not be seen until healing is complete, which can take approximately three months. More strenuous activities and exercise should be avoided for at least 4 to 6 weeks after your procedure.


Male Breast Reduction FAQ

Am I a good candidate?

The best candidates for male breast reduction have excess fatty tissue in their breasts that won’t respond to diet and exercise. Men should be in good overall physical and mental health and have realistic expectations for the results of surgery. Men with firm skin with good elasticity enjoy the best outcome because their skin conforms well to the chest muscles after reduction.

Will losing weight eliminate my overdeveloped breasts?

Men who are overweight should try to lose weight before having surgery because the breasts will sometimes shrink when body fat is reduced. However, men with true gynecomastia (where breast enlargement is due to excess glandular tissue, not just fatty deposits) may find that their breasts will be mostly unaffected by weight loss and medical intervention is the only solution.

Can a breast reduction be performed on teenage boys?

Adolescent boys are the demographic most likely to develop gynecomastia, and hormone imbalances are usually to blame. The good news is that, for about 75 percent of boys with puberty-related gynecomastia, the symptoms will improve over time without the need for surgery as the body naturally restores hormone levels to normal. However, for teenagers who endure persistent gynecomastia, male breast reduction for teens can be performed at Dr. Placik’s discretion and with parental consent.

How much does male breast reduction cost?

The cost of male breast reduction will vary based on the complexity of your procedure and which surgical methods are used. In addition to Dr. Placik’s surgical fee, the cost of surgery will also cover the fee for the surgical center and the anesthesiologist. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What are the risks?

Just as with any surgical procedure, there are some possible risks related to male breast reduction. Some complications that could occur include breast asymmetry, blood clots, infection, changes in nipple sensation, infection or a poor anesthesia reaction. However, for most men, the benefits associated with improving the appearance of the chest typically outweigh the potential risks.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about Chicago male breast reduction, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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