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Considering gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia (sometimes known as “man boobs”) is becoming increasingly common among American men. It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. males experience some degree of chest swelling from gynecomastia. The condition is caused by a hormonal imbalance – and both the physical and the psychological impact can be devastating to a man’s self-confidence.

Gynecomastia that doesn’t resolve on its own within a year’s time most likely requires surgical correction. Men afflicted with gynecomastia don’t have to suffer in silence – or covered up under layers of clothing. Dr. Jason Roostaeian can restore a more masculine appearance to the chest through virtually-undetectable gynecomastia surgery.


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Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

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Men who have experienced any of the following conditions for more than one year may be optimal candidates for surgical gynecomastia intervention:


  • Swelling of the chest that’s resistant to diet and exercise
  • Hard (sometimes painful) nodules in the chest
  • Asymmetry of the chest
  • Negative impact on social interaction or self esteem as a result of the above

If you are experiencing any of these conditions, we’re here to help. Call our office at 310-825-8827 or book a consultation online to take the first step toward feeling like yourself again.

Natural looking gynecomastia results

Dr. Roostaeian specializes in creating the most stunningly natural looking plastic surgery, which means that when you choose him as your gynecomastia surgeon, you will experience a result that looks as though you may have been born with it. Dr. Jason carefully considers your aesthetic goals and vision in order to provide you with the best most natural looking result possible.

Many men are understandably concerned about the possibility of scarring after gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Jason is very meticulous in the placement of any necessary incisions. Typically, the incisions for gynecomastia correction are very small – a matter of millimeters – and become virtually undetectable in time.

To learn more about gynecomastia and to view a case study, read Dr. Jason’s blog, What is Gynecomastia?

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UCLA gynecomastia consultation

Coming in for a consultation with Dr. Roostaeian is the best way to determine whether gynecomastia surgery is right for you.

During your meeting, you’ll have the chance to explain your concerns and ask as many questions as you need, without being rushed or feeling obligated to book a procedure. Dr. Roostaeian prefers to listen and get to know patients first, which helps him guide you to a solution that works best for you. Together, you’ll discuss the look you’re trying to achieve, and you’ll be able to view standardized before and after photos of Dr. Jason’s previous results that are similar to your aesthetic goals.

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All consultation fees may be credited to any subsequent service performed by Dr. Jason. To book a consultation, please complete the form and we will contact you within two business days.

Alternatively, you may call 310.825.8827 to speak with Lili to make an appointment.

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      Everything you need to know about gynecomastia surgery


      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


      During your consultation, Dr. Roostaeian will listen to your goals, answer any questions, and help you determine the best treatment plan for you. If you decide to reserve a date for your gynecomastia surgery, Dr. Jason’s surgery coordinator, Lili, will also schedule you a pre-op appointment to take place about a week or two prior to your surgery.

      As with any surgical procedure, you must be physically and mentally fit for gynecomastia surgery. To ensure patient safety, Dr. Jason only operates on patients who do not smoke, who have achieved a healthy weight range, and who have received anesthesia clearance by their primary physician.

      Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?

      If you are experiencing any of the following, you may be an ideal candidate for gynecomastia surgery:

      • Swelling of the chest that’s resistant to diet and exercise
      • Hard (sometimes painful) nodules in the chest
      • Asymmetry of the chest
      • Negative impact on social interaction or self esteem as a result of the above

      In addition, Dr. Jason will only perform gynecomastia surgery on patients who meet the following criteria:

      • Are in good health
      • Do not smoke
      • Are able to avoid any blood-thinning medications for several weeks
      • Have been cleared for surgery by a primary care physician
      • Have reasonable expectations and aesthetic goals
      How common is gynecomastia?

      Gynecomastia is very common in the U.S. It’s estimated that the condition affects somewhere between 50-65% of American men to some degree.

      Sometimes (particularly in adolescent males), gynecomastia resolves on its own. Persistent gynecomastia, however, likely requires surgery to correct the condition.

      More men than ever are seeking treatment for gynecomastia – reclaiming their self confidence through a relatively minor procedure. Contact Dr. Jason’s office at 310-825-8827 or book a consultation online to see if gynecomastia surgery is right for you.

      How do I find the best gynecomastia surgeon?

      When searching for the best gynecomastia surgeon to perform your surgery, Dr. Roostaeian advises you to consider several key factors:

      1. Credentials and Certifications: Research your prospective gynecomastia surgeon online – not just on their website, but on industry credentialing sites such as www.surgery.org, which lists board certified plastic surgeons. Do not choose a cosmetic surgeon who is a member of the ABCS – they do not receive the extensive training and oversight that plastic surgeons do. Look for plastic/cosmetic surgeons like Dr. Roostaeian, who are ABPS and ASAPS members.
      2. Before and After Photos: The doctor you choose to perform your gynecomastia surgery should be happy to show you an extensive array of standardized before and after photographs. Scrutinize them carefully, making sure the lighting is consistent and the various views are shown with detail. View enough gynecomastia surgery pictures to determine whether or not the work is of high quality, with an aesthetic that matches your personal goals. Dr. Jason strives to provide patients with the highest quality of standardized gynecomastia photographs so you can feel confident in your choice. Click here to view Dr. Jason’s gallery of before and after gynecomastia photos. [LINK]
      3. Office and Surgery Facility: Before choosing an aesthetic surgeon to perform your gynecomastia surgery, closely evaluate the office staff, as well as the surgery facility. All of the staff should be helpful and friendly, and pleased to provide you with detailed information about their operating rooms and equipment. Dr. Jason and his staff are proud to be affiliated with UCLA, world renowned for state-of-the-art surgical facilities and patient care. Click to learn more about our top-ranked hospital.[LINK]
      4. Personal Connection: Seeing eye to eye with your gynecomastia surgeon is just as important as assessing their operating skills. Plastic surgery is a very personal endeavor, and Dr. Jason strongly believes in creating a connection with all of his patients prior to heading into the OR. 


      Click to read Dr. Jason’s blog post How to Find the Best Plastic Surgeon.

      How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?

      Gynecomastia surgery costs vary considerably from patient to patient. The exact cost of gynecomastia surgery will depend on the complexity of your procedure, and whether or not you plan to combine your surgery with other procedures. You will receive a written quote following your consultation.

      Can I combine gynecomastia surgery with other procedures?

      Yes, gynecomastia surgery can be combined with other procedures of the face or body, however the total length of anesthesia should generally not exceed 6-8 hours for elective procedures. Take advantage of your consultation time to discuss with Dr. Jason any questions or concerns you might have. Together, you can decide whether additional procedures may help meet your aesthetic goals.

      Should I lose weight before gynecomastia surgery?

      Dr. Jason advises that in order to achieve the best possible result in body contouring it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This should be started before surgery so that you can keep it going after surgery. Although you will have to take a break from exercise for a few weeks during your recovery, it important to maintain a well-balanced diet. Many of Dr. Jason’s patients are more motivated by their new body shape following surgery and want to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

      It’s important to note, however, that gynecomastia is not strictly extra fat in the chest. Rather, it’s an excess of breast tissue (often combined with fat) caused by a hormonal imbalance. No amount of diet and exercise can reverse true gynecomastia.

      How do I prepare for gynecomastia surgery?

      When preparing for a gynecomastia procedure, follow all instructions issued by Dr. Roostaeian, his office, and the staff at the UCLA Surgery Center. These guidelines include, but are not limited to:

      • No food or drink prior to surgery
      • Shower/cleanse the area prior to coming in for surgery
      • Avoid certain drugs and supplements before and after surgery
      • Arrange transportation
      • Ensure you will have help around the house for the first few days
      • Obtain prescription and non-prescription medications ahead of time, including pain meds
      • Choose to wear loose, comfortable clothing
      • Plan out sleeping and resting arrangements (Which side of the bed is easiest to navigate to/from? Do I have enough pillows to make sleep/rest comfortable?)
      • Have frequently used items handy – you won’t be able to lift or strain right away
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      When you arrive for your gynecomastia surgery, the UCLA Surgery Center nurses will prepare you for your operation. Dr. Roostaeian will stop in to answer any remaining questions you may have, and to make surgical markings for the OR.

      Once you have received the anesthesia and are comfortably sleeping, Dr. Jason will perform your gynecomastia correction as discussed during your previous meetings.

      Dr. Jason will explain to you during your consultation that sometimes, a surgical plan may need to be slightly amended depending upon what is revealed in the operating room. He will make adjustments as needed in order to achieve the results that you’ve agreed upon. 

      Will I have local or general anesthesia during my gynecomastia surgery?

      Typically, Dr. Roostaeian performs gynecomastia surgery using general anesthesia. During your pre-operative appointment, Dr. Jason will review your options and help you decide on an whether to use local vs general anesthesia to best suit your needs.

      What happens during gynecomastia surgery?

      A gynecomastia  procedure with Dr. Roostaeian generally lasts approximately 1-2 hours. Dr. Jason will typically create very small (several mm) incisions concealed within the natural skin folds of your chest. He will insert a cannula and use liposuction to remove any excess fat in the area.

      If you also have excess breast tissue, Dr. Jason may need to create an additional incision to excise it. He is extremely meticulous about placing and closing these incisions to ensure that they remain as camouflaged as possible.

      After surgery, you will be placed in a compression garment to control swelling. You will wake up in the recovery room under the care of UCLA’s world-class nursing staff.

      Is gynecomastia surgery an outpatient procedure?

      Gynecomastia surgery, when performed alone, is an outpatient procedure.  Once you are cleared by Dr. Jason and the nurses at the UCLA Surgery Center (usually about 2-3 hours after waking), you can return home with your designated caregiver.

      If you choose to combine your gynecomastia surgery with other procedures, Dr. Roostaeian may advise that you stay overnight. UCLA is the only facility in Southern California that has world-class aftercare provided by registered nurses on site.

      How long does gynecomastia surgery take?

      Although each case is unique, gynecomastia surgery generally takes about 1-2 hours. Prior to your surgery, Dr. Jason will let you know the approximate duration.

      Gynecomastia surgery recovery

      Prior to your gynecomastia procedure, Dr. Roostaeian will go over what you can expect after your surgery and answer any questions you may have. Before being discharged from the UCLA Surgery Center, you will receive detailed post-op instructions from the staff, as well as information about your follow-up appointment with Dr. Jason. If at any time you have a question or concern after your surgery, our staff is available to assist you. Dr. Jason cares deeply about providing the highest standard of care for his patients, and will closely monitor your healing process.

      As with any surgical procedure, recovery from gynecomastia surgery proceeds in stages. While everyone’s healing process is different, you may expect the immediate recovery period to take about one to two weeks, followed by an activity restriction. Full healing and results will be apparent around the 3-4 month mark, while your scars and swelling will continue to improve for 6 months to one year.


      When will I see my final gynecomastia surgery results?

      You’ll see the final results of your gynecomastia surgery after about six weeks, when all swelling has subsided. For gynecomastia surgery scars to fully mature, however, it takes at least 6 months to a year. Over this time you will see your scars become barely visible, they will lighten in color and become softer to the touch.

      How long does it take to heal after gynecomastia surgery?

      After a gynecomastia procedure with Dr. Jason Roostaeian, the majority of the swelling will likely subside within a week while some mild swelling may persist for a few more weeks. Within one week after surgery you will visit Dr. Jason as a follow up so he can check on your healing and answer any questions.

      Patients who require only liposuction during their gynecomastia surgery can expect their incisions to heal and become virtually invisible within about three months following their procedure.

      Your incisions will be healed and you can return to most activities by 6 weeks. Full activities such as strenuous workouts, running, etc. is best to wait until 3 months, when your scars have achieved full strength. Over the next 6 months to one year, you will see your scars become barely visible, they will lighten in color and become softer to the touch.

      When can I exercise or work out after gynecomastia surgery?

      For the first 2 weeks following gynecomastia surgery with Dr. Roostaeian, you want to avoid straining (lifting anything more than 5 lbs), or getting your heart rate/blood pressure up as this can lead to bleeding. After 2-3 weeks you should avoid mechanical forces that will stress or put tension on your healing incisions for 3 months. This means you should avoid high impact activities that lead to excessive movement of your body, such a running.  Listen to what your body is telling you at all times, for instance stop the workout if you experience any new discomfort. Remember, getting plenty of rest and reducing your overall activity will give you time to heal and speed up your recovery.

      What does a gynecomastia surgery scar look like?

      Please visit Dr. Jason’s male cosmetic surgery gallery to view examples of gynecomastia scars.

      What is gynecomastia surgery recovery like?

      Dr. Jason will perform your gynecomastia procedure  at UCLA’s state of the art outpatient surgery center that provides an unparalleled level of safety. US News has ranked the UCLA Medical Center among the top 5 hospitals in the country for more than 20 years.  Following your procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will be monitored  by UCLA’s excellent nurses for 2-3 hours until you are cleared to return home.

      You can take a shower after 2 days but baths, swimming, or soaking of your incisions should be avoided for 4 weeks.

      Some patients require prescription narcotics for a day or so after surgery, but many find the pain quite manageable with over the counter pain medications. You can drive if you’re not taking prescription narcotics and most feel up for it 1-2 weeks after surgery. You can return to work within 1-2 weeks as long as it doesn’t require any significant physical activity or lifting.

      When can I return to work after my gynecomastia surgery?

      It really depends on what you do for work. If you have a desk job you can typically return to work after 2 weeks. If your profession is more physically demanding, Dr. Jason recommends waiting at least 3 weeks before returning to work. Remember, you do not want to strain or lift anything that weighs more than five pounds for the first 2 weeks after surgery.

      How long do the results of a gynecomastia surgery last?

      Patients who maintain a healthy lifestyle will enjoy the result of their gynecomastia procedure for decades. Significant increases in weight, however, may affect the appearance of the chest.

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