Male Breast Reduction: NY Doctor Sheds Light on Taboo Topic

NY plastic surgeon Mark Epstein, MD, speaks out regarding the life-changing treatment of gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts.

Dr. Mark Epstein, a New York plastic surgeon, is shining a light on a taboo — but relatively common — condition. Gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, is a condition that affects 40 to 60 percent of men. A breast reduction procedure effectively and safely eliminates the aesthetic and personal discomfort caused by this stigmatized disorder.

"Discomfort from overly large breasts is not just a common problem for women — many men with large or sagging breasts also feel physically and emotionally uncomfortable," Dr. Epstein explains.

"Men with this condition often restrict themselves from certain activities because they feel self-conscious about their breast size." Epstein says. "Male breast reduction is an excellent way to effectively decrease the size of a man's breasts, helping him to feel more comfortable and confident."

The director of the Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in Stony Brook, Dr. Epstein performs the procedure on men from all walks of life. Some common misconceptions about gynecomastia are that it mainly affects adolescent males and that it is "just a phase" that they will eventually outgrow.

However, the condition does often develop in adults. In fact, among those suffering from gynecomastia, as many as 30 percent are older men. It can also develop later in life, and is influenced by various factors. It can be caused by hormonal changes or a hormonal imbalance, as a side effect or certain drugs, or because of excessive weight gain.

It may also occur for no particular reason at all, but whatever the cause, the result is fat deposits in the pectoral area, or the development of extra breast tissue. For each patient consultation, Dr. Epstein checks for possible causes of gynecomastia, evaluates whether the patient is a good candidate for the breast reduction procedure and determines the best course of action to achieve the best possible results.

Dr. Epstein offers male breast reduction consultations on Long Island, as well as various other cosmetic procedures for both men and women. Interested parties are invited to contact his office directly at 631-689-1100 or

About Dr. Epstein

Dr. Mark Epstein is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in Stony Brook, New York. A graduate of the State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn, he completed his internship and residency training in General Surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, also serving as Chief Resident. He has completed clinical fellowships in Reconstructive Microsurgery, Hand Surgery, and Microsurgery and holds certifications from the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, as well as a Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Mark D. Epstein's Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery can be reached at 631-689-1100 or