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Gynecomastia Houston, TX

Dr. Christopher Balinger performs gynecomastia surgery in Houston , TX for men who suffer from abnormal breast enlargement. Over half of men experience male breast enlargement at one point or the other in their life. This condition – which may be caused by hormonal imbalance, medication, or hereditary factors – leads to excess tissue in the chest that resembles female breasts. Many men who have gynecomastia may have a self-image or suffer from reduced self-esteem. Thanks to modern science, it can be treated by male breast reduction surgery

They may be embarrassed to get their shirt off at the pool or the beach. During gynecomastia plastic surgery, plastic surgeons remove this excess tissue to reveal a firm and masculine chest appearance.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers male breast reduction procedures to patients in Houston, Conroe, and Texas surrounding communities. The surgeon understands that your best self is connected to your self-confidence. Working with a team of experienced clinicians, Dr. Chris goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. The surgeon uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of side effects such as scarring.

Who is a Candidate for Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

Gynecomastia is a cosmetic procedure that reduces the size of the male breasts, giving men a flatter and firmer chest contour. You may be an ideal candidate for this procedure if: 

  • You are in good physical and emotional health 
  • You have excess breast tissue that does not respond to exercise, dieting, and alternative medical treatments
  • You are a non-smoker and non-drug user 
  • You are close to your ideal body weight
  • You are bothered by the fact that your breasts are too large 
  • You have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure 

When you visit Dr. Balinger’s office in Houston TX, the surgeon will listen to your worries, examine your enlarged breast, and recommend the best course of action. Some patients may be asked to try exercise and dieting a little longer before opting for surgery.

If you are a smoker, you will be asked to quit at least 3 weeks before the surgery. Once all conditions are right for the procedure to move forward, the surgeon will create an individualized treatment plan to suit your needs.

Your Initial Male Breast Reduction Consultation

During your gynecomastia consultation in Houston Texas, Dr. Balinger will ask questions and review your medical history to learn more about your health. If you are a good fit for male breast reduction surgery, detailed measurements of your chest will be taken. Your skin quality will also be evaluated before the surgeon creates a surgical plan to stick to. This initial consultation – which is offered free of charge at Balinger’s office – is important not just to create a treatment plan but also to get all your questions answered.

Gynecomastia Surgical Approach

Gynecomastia is an outpatient surgical procedure that is performed at Dr. Balinger’s in-office operating room or an accredited medical facility. The surgeon will create markings on your chest to help guide the progress of the surgery. An anesthesiologist will then administer anesthesia to ensure the patient’s safety and comfort throughout the treatment. The next step is to create an incision along the outer edge of the areola. Excess skin and tissue will be removed in order to achieve the desired masculine appearance. Liposuction may also be used to get rid of excess fat from the chest area. Dr. Balinger takes keen care in order to achieve a precise result while minimizing the chance of scarring. Once the re-contouring has been completed, the surgeon will close the incisions and cover the treatment area with bandages. This procedure is completed in about 2 – 3 hours. You will be put in an observation room where your vitals will be monitored before you are allowed to go home to continue with recovery.

Procedure Options

Dr. Christopher Balinger has a number of surgical methods that he can use to address male breast enlargement:


This is a minimally invasive technique for removing the excess tissue from the chest tissue. The chest area will be lipo-contoured via tiny incisions. Specialized cannulas are inserted to remove excess fatty tissue. This procedure may be better suited for men who have gynecomastia as a result of excess fat accumulation. It provides a ‘scar-free’ way to flatten the chest and deliver a masculine chest appearance.

Nipple Reduction

Some men have ‘puffy’ nipples that show through their shirts. In some cases, plastic surgeons are able to address this issue without the need for extensive gynecomastia surgery. A smaller, in-office procedure is performed under local anesthesia and completed in about 30 minutes.

Full Male Breast Reduction

Patients who have severe gynecomastia (due to weight loss/gain or otherwise) can benefit from a full male breast reduction surgery option. This procedure entails creating an incision along the areola that is then used to get rid of excess skin and tissue. This is a more intensive treatment that requires a longer surgery time and recovery duration.
The needs of each patient are different. Dr. Balinger should be able to evaluate your gynecomastia and recommend the best possible treatment option.

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Recovery After Male Breast Reduction

Recovery following male breast reduction surgery varies from one patient to the other. Most men who have undergone this procedure experience some swelling and bruising around the chest area. Your surgeon will administer pain medication to help with this discomfort, as well as antibiotics to prevent infections. Bruising and swelling tend to diminish with time. A compression garment will be provided that should be worn regularly. This is important because it helps shape the results. Most patients are able to get back to routine daily activities within a couple of days. However, you will be asked to avoid any form of heavy lifting or strenuous exercises for 4 weeks. Patients are encouraged to adhere to the surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure a speedy and uninterrupted healing process. Should you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Balinger’s office will be available to provide the support you need throughout the recovery process.

Plan your Procedure in Houston Texas

Male breast reduction plastic surgery prices Houston can vary dramatically based on the extensiveness of the procedure. Most of Dr. Balinger’s gynecomastia patients can however expect to pay between $4,500 and $7,500 for this treatment. Gynecomastia is usually not covered by health insurance. However, each policy is different and there may be possible criteria for coverage. During your consultation visit with Dr. Balinger, the surgeon will provide a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon offers financing options for his patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX communities.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform male breast reduction surgery and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for male breast reduction procedure, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Average Cost
$4,500 – $7,500
Procedure Time
Varies per patient
Recovery Time
No strenuous lifting for 4 weeks
Not Covered

Gynecomastia is a medical condition that occurs in men and causes “man boobs.” If you have tried to shape and tone your chest area and still have enlarged breasts, you may be a good candidate for male breast reduction. Dr. Balinger offers gynecomastia surgery for men Houston, Conroe, and the surrounding areas of Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is the most likely reason that you have enlarged male breasts if you have tried to eliminate the fat with diet and exercise. Gynecomastia begins around the time that male children reach adolescence. Hormones may cause some enlargement to the breasts, and this is typically a short-term effect. For some teenage boys, though, the breasts never return to a normal shape and size, leading to what is known as “man boobs.” Liposuction and male breast reduction reshapes the male breasts to be more masculine.

How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?

The average cost of male breast reduction is $4,500 to $7,500. After your consultation with Dr. Balinger, we will provide more specific details about the cost of your gynecomastia surgery. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

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What are the benefits of gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia does not pose a medical concern, and the primary reason that men opt for male breast reduction is to give their chests a more toned, fit and masculine appearance.

How is male breast reduction performed?

Incision placement varies based on the individual patient needs, so Dr. Balinger will explain that aspect of the procedure during the consultation. If you have a small amount of excess fat that is contributing to your enlarged male breasts, Dr. Balinger may recommend liposuction. For more advanced cases, the procedure entails removing excess breast tissue and fat—and possibly skin—to shape and contour the chest area.

What is recovery like after gynecomastia surgery?

Expect to spend a few days at home resting. You may have swelling, tenderness, discomfort, and bruising for a few weeks or months. Dr. Balinger will also recommend restrictions to certain activities, including exercising, until the breast tissues have healed.

How long will gynecomastia surgery results last?

If you watch your weight, eat right and exercise, the results of your male breast reduction should last for many years. Sagging skin in the breast area is common among older men and should not be perceived as related to the male breast reduction.
“Man boobs” are one of the most embarrassing conditions that a man deals with, and diet and exercise are not always the solution. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers gynecomastia surgery for men in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free male breast reduction consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.