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Male breast reduction surgery is a procedure that treats gynecomastia – the presence of excess breast tissue in men thought to be caused by increased estrogen levels.

Leading San Diego board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Vincent Marin regularly performs successful gynecomastia surgeries every year to a global clientele of patients.

Cost & Financing

Gynecomastia surgery in La Jolla typically costs $5,500 – $8,000. Certain factors may cause the price to fluctuate, such as the operation’s location, the specific procedure performed, surgeon’s fees, and anesthesia fees.

Here at Marin Aesthetics, we accept cash, major credit cards, and personal checks as payment. We also provide our patients with financial options.

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To learn more, you can schedule an appointment online, or you can call 858-638-9800

Types of Gynecomastia Procedures

  • Liposuction – This technique is used to remove excess fatty tissue from the breasts. Liposuction is a quick procedure, but this is only performed standalone for mild cases of gynecomastia. Ultrasound-assisted liposuction can be recommended if the tissue is particularly dense, as it helps disrupt and remove unwanted breast tissue.
  • Mastectomy – If redundant skin and breast glands are a concern, various degrees of reduction surgery must be performed. Liposuction will first be done to remove most fat from the breast and chest. The excess glandular tissue will then be excised via a small incision underneath the areola. Scarring can be more significant in this approach, but it is directly proportional to the degree of excess skin you have at the time of the consultation.

Before & During the Surgery

  • Anesthesia
    The male breast reduction procedure is often performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. A licensed Scripps-Memorial board-certified anesthesiologist will provide the anesthesia.
  • Your Team
    Dr. Vincent Marin will be leading a team composed of an anesthesiologist, a licensed registered nurse, and a Scrub Tech.
  • Surgery Time
    It typically takes 1 – 3 hours to perform gynecomastia surgery. Surgery may take longer if combined with an additional chest contouring or skin tightening procedure.



1 – 3 hours
Pain, bleeding, infection, asymmetry, implant failure, capsular contracture, incomplete correction
1 – 2 months for swelling to completely resolve
General or local with sedation
Back to work: 3 – 4 weeks (lipo)
1 week (excisional approach)
Strenuous activities: 3 – 4 weeks
Permanent reduction in breast size
Temporary swelling, bruising, mild pain


Recovery & Scars

Gynecomastia is an outpatient surgical procedure, and you may return home once cleared by your surgeon. Medications prescribed by Dr. Marin can easily control pain and swelling.

You may return to work within 1 week. You can expect soreness and bruise after surgery, so it is important to wear a compression garment for 4 – 6 weeks. However, there are things you must keep in mind to ensure your scars heal properly:

  • Avoid sexual activity for at least 2 weeks.
  • Refrain from strenuous activities like exercise, weight lifting, pushing, and pulling for at least 3 – 4 weeks.
  • Avoid exposing your chest to direct sunlight for 6 months to prevent the darkening of the scars.


"After researching consulting many doctors in three different states I opted to go with Dr Marin because he was the only doctor that not only offered his professional opinions but truly considered my personal concerns expectations He knows what hes doing he truly cares about his patients I..."
"I cant say enough amazing things about Dr Marin and his incredible staff I had a consultation at a different place a year prior and thought it went well until I met Dr Marin and was completely blown away They care so much and I felt so comfortable and confident There is no other place I will e..."
"I could not be more pleased with not only my results but Dr Marin and his whole staff My overall experience has been amazing I would do it all over again My only regret is not having had the courage to do it sooner I spent a year pondering on whether or not plastic surgery was for me A whole y..."
"Doctor Marin and his staff have been outstanding They have been excellent throughout my initial consultation surgery and post op I can not express how grateful I am to Dr Marin His surgical skills have changed my life Im 2 weeks post op already my results are incredible I had severe deformit..."
"Dr Marin and his staff were absolutely amazing A lot to be said about a doctor and staff that take the extra time to make you feel like more than just a number Dr Marin himself is a very well educated man that is an expert in every service he has to offer It is very evident that he does not cut..."

Your New Look After Gynecomastia Surgery

Your final look will settle once all bruising and swelling have disappeared, which can take up to 6 months. Your new chest will be flat with better contour and a more masculine appearance. Scars, if properly managed, are easily concealed and will be barely noticeable. We will help you achieve the best results in our state-of-the-art facility.

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*The images and content provided on this website are developed to educate the public on the procedures offered at Marin Aesthetics. Individual results vary per patient. To assess your candidacy per procedure, we strongly recommend scheduling a formal consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Vincent Marin.

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In light of the state wide restrictions on non-essential businesses to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, we are rescheduling all of our elective appointments until the global circumstances improve. Our necessary post-operative appointments will be made, as needed, to address immediate surgical concerns such as suture removal and acute postoperative issues. All non-acute follow up appointments, fillers and Botox will need to be postponed until after the quarantine period mid April. Our office will reach out to all patients who need to be rescheduled.

We will be offering new patient virtual consultations online and via Skype that can be scheduled through our website or by emailing Also, we will offer follow-up appointments in the same manner to help manage our patients’ concerns while still respecting the need for social distancing.

We appreciate all of your understanding during these difficult times for all of us.

Stay safe,

Dr. Main and the Marin Aesthetics Team