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Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia is the development of excess breast tissue in men. It often causes physical discomfort and leads to poor body image.

Dr. John F. Zavell in Toledo, OH, provides male breast reduction for men who are unable to reduce breast size with diet and exercise.

During this procedure, Dr. Zavell will use advanced techniques to remove excess tissue and contour your chest for a more masculine physique.

Why Toledo Relies on Us

Decades in Practice

Dr. Zavell has been a practicing plastic surgeon since 1993. His approximately three decades of experience is invaluable for effectively treating the issues many men have with unwanted breast tissue. Our surgeon tailors treatment to your individual case and needs.

Fellowship Status

Dr. Zavell is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons—a great honor that he earned by passing various rigorous requirements, such as becoming a board-certified surgeon, establishing himself as a surgery specialist, and receiving references from existing Fellows.

Sedation Options

Our practice offers multiple sedation options designed to make procedures like liposuction and gynecomastia surgery simple and pain-free. Depending on your needs, we can administer either general anesthesia or IV sedation for your procedure.

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Gynecomastia Is Common And Nothing to Be Ashamed Of


According to statistics published by the Aesthetic Society in 2021, gynecomastia surgery is the second most commonly performed cosmetic plastic surgery for American men. 

The Gynecomastia Surgery Timeline

There are several techniques designed to eliminate excess tissue and fat deposits from the breasts. The methods used to achieve these goals will depend on your needs. In some cases, liposuction may be sufficient. In other instances, Dr. Zavell may need to remove excess skin and tissue as well.

Here is what to expect during a typical gynecomastia surgery:

Dr. Zavell offers sedation, so you won't feel any pain during your procedure.
Dr. Zavell offers sedation, so you won't feel any pain during your procedure.

Beginning Incisions

Gynecomastia surgery begins with our plastic surgeon making small, precise incisions around the male breast area. 

Fat Elimination

Dr. Zavell then uses a specially designed surgery tube known as a cannula to carefully remove fat as he would during a liposuction procedure.

Excess Skin and Tissue Removal

If necessary, an incision is created around the perimeter of the nipple so that skin and glandular tissue can be removed.

Cosmetic Repositioning

In some cases, Dr. Zavell may also reposition the nipple for a more aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Finishing Touch

Our surgeon then carefully closes the incisions around the areola with sutures. 
In very advanced cases, the areola may need to be removed and replaced with surgical grafting. Regardless of your needs, our breast surgeon will do everything he can to resolve your breast concerns.

Recovering From Male Breast Surgery

Dr. Zavell will provide a detailed list of post-operative instructions after your procedure at our plastic surgery office in Toledo, OH. These instructions will include:

How to Support Healing

Discomfort, swelling, and bruising are all normal aspects of healing. After surgery, you may receive a compression garment to support and protect the recently adjusted tissue. 

How Long to Avoid Strenuous Activity

It is important to avoid all strenuous activities for at least two weeks after surgery, as this can pull incisions open and leave you vulnerable to infection.

When to Return to Work

If you work in an office, you can typically return to work within a week or so. However, if your job is more physically demanding, you may need to take up to two weeks off.

Why You Should Stay Out of the Sun

Wear a shirt if you're outside to allow the incision sites to heal properly and reduce scarring. 

Maintaining Your Plastic Surgery Results

To maintain the results of your gynecomastia surgery, you must be dedicated to eating a well-balanced diet and implementing a routine exercise regimen. If you gain a significant amount of weight after the procedure, it could undermine the effects of treatment. 

You Can Combine Procedures For More Pronounced Results

Many men initially think that plastic surgery isn't meant for them, but this simply isn't the case. There are various surgery options that can drastically improve your physique. If you are struggling with gynecomastia, you may want to combine the reduction procedure with:


Liposuction is a procedure that can be performed to eliminate excess fat deposits throughout the body. You can elect to have this surgery on your midsection, chest, thighs, upper arms, and more. 


Abdominoplasty, often referred to as a tummy tuck, is a surgery that is performed to eliminate excess fat and loose skin throughout the midsection. 

More 5-Star Reviews From Toledo, Ohio For Our Surgeon and Plastic Surgery Team


Billie Jewell

Toledo, OH


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I had a great experience, Dr Zavell and his staff are awesome from start to finish. I’m super happy with the results. I highly recommend him.

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Reem Khaleq

Toledo, OH


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My experience with Dr Zavell and his staff has been nothing short of amazing... This was my first surgery in my life and they made the whole experience great. If I had to go through it all again I would because that’s how great they made me feel throughout the whole process and I’m obsessed with my results! 

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Dr. John F. Zavell

John F. Zavell, MD, FACS

Dr. John Zavell is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals since 1993. He is a member of: 

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • The American Society of Aesthetic Surgeons
  • The American College of Surgeons

He has mastered advanced techniques and uses the latest technology to provide patients of all ages with the most natural-looking, life-changing results. To schedule a consultation at Dr. Zavell's plastic surgery practice, request an appointment online or call us at (740) 628-0185

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"The decision to undergo cosmetic surgery is a very personal one and our mission is to honor that choice by jointly cultivating a treatment plan that will deliver results personally crafted for you." Dr. Zavell

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