Gynecomastia in Houston, TX

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Approximately half of all men have breasts that are enlarged, a condition known as gynecomastia. In some cases, the cause is heredity or caused by hormonal activity within the body, while anabolic steroid use can also create this unwanted side effect. Because 50% of the breast is composed of fat, Dr. Mentz is sometimes able to reduce its size predominantly through liposuction alone. However, it is commonly necessary to remove excess glandular tissue as well. Dr. Mentz accomplishes this using an innovative “puncture removal” technique he developed in 2003. This technique allows him remove glandular material through a very small puncture, which leaves behind a scar that is generally undetectable.

Surgical Technique

In a gynecomastia procedure, Dr. Mentz uses a small, specialized cannula to remove excess fat from the chest area through liposuction. Any excess glandular tissue that is present will be removed using the puncture incision technique. If Pectoral Etching is performed in conjunction with gynecomastia correction, fat is then removed from the edges of the pectoralis muscles and axilla in order to create more visible definition of the muscular contours. The procedure can be accomplished in approximately 1 hour as an outpatient procedure. 


Following your procedure, you will be fitted with a compression garment to reduce bruising and swelling. Most bruising and swelling diminishes within two weeks. For patients within 20 miles of our office, plastic surgery nurse will visit to your home to assist you with your recovery, including changing any dressings, assisting you with your medication, and providing Dr. Mentz with an update on your condition. Most patients can return to work in 3-4 days and resume exercise in 2-3 weeks or when Dr. Mentz advises.


Dr. Henry Mentz's Plastic Surgery Price List

Multiple procedures will reduce the costs for anesthesia and facility time.  Please be aware that the prices listed below are for an estimate of fees only and that you will need a consultation to confirm any pricing.

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$6,000 - $7,000
Recovery Time  
4-6 Weeks
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Gynecomastia FAQs

Pec Etching?

Many men choose to combine a gynecomastia procedure with Pectoral Etching, a liposuction technique Dr. Mentz developed to give the chest a more athletic appearance. In a Pectoral Etching procedure, Dr. Mentz uses a detailed liposuction technique to outline the pectoralis muscle and axilla in order to reveal the muscular contours of the male chest.

Lipo Methods?

Dr. Mentz’s innovative lipocontouring techniques have generated international acclaim for their success in helping men to obtain muscular definition that can be difficult or impossible to achieve through workouts alone. He has presented his techniques to plastic surgeons around the globe and teaches a popular course on his liposuction methods at the respected American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery annual meeting.

Fat Vs. Breast Tissue?

Male breast reduction is not meant to treat excess fat in the pectoral region from obesity. Men are encouraged to be at a healthy, stable weight before and after the gynecomastia treatment to ensure the results of their surgery have long-lasting results.

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* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary. Please be aware that the prices listed are for an estimate of fees only and that you will need a consultation to confirm any pricing.