Is it possible for man boobs to come back after surgery?

Is gynecomastia surgery permanent, or is it possible for man boobs to actually come back? That would suck to go under the knife and spend all that money, just to have your boobs pop back up again! Has that ever happened to a guy?


M, 36, California

Thank you for the question and in over thirty years of practice it has never occurred but it is technique dependent so be certain to see a surgeon with years of experience

Dr Corbin

Short answer is that anything is possible and no surgeon can provide a guarantee against possible recurrence.  On the other hand, having done thousands of male breast reductions, I have yet to have one patient in whom the breast tissue has recurred.  Certainly, if you gain a lot of weight after surgery, some of that fat will be seen on the chest.  Also, if you take anabolic steroids or any other medication that has a side effect of gynecomastia after surgery, then recurrence is possible.

Bottom line, though, is that anyone who goes through surgery for their gynecomastia is not inclined to take any chances on ruining the results.  In fact, quite the opposite is true.  I have observed that removing the excess tissue provides enhanced self esteem for my patients and they then go out and build their chest with additional muscle.

For further information, consult my website which is specific to the topic:

Go for it!

Elliot W. Jacobs, MD, FACS

New York City

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