Gynecomastia (male breast enlargement), is the presence of enlarged, over-developed breasts in men and is common in men of any age. It can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity conditions, disease, or the use of certain drugs. Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition. Fortunately, the surgical treatment of gynecomastia is highly effective, giving excellent esthetic results. This procedure is steadily gaining popularity due to public education about the condition and increasing receptiveness to treatment.
The treatment of choice is liposuction to the area. It might also be necessary to do liposuction along with surgical excision of the glandular tissue to achieve the best results and the flattest chest. The gland is excised through a half-inch to one-inch long incision around the edge of areola.
Planning the Initial Visit
During the initial complimentary consultation, your surgeon will ask for a complete medical history, then examine your breasts and check for causes of the gynecomastia. Don’t hesitate to ask your surgeon any questions you may have during the initial consultation, including your concerns about the recommended treatment or the costs involved.
Cost of Male Breast Reduction
The procedures are done in an ambulatory setting, making the costs significantly less expensive than a hospital procedure. When comparing prices of surgical procedures, note that our standard fees include more than just the often-quoted “procedure fee.” Prices include:
- Physician’s fee
- Use of operation rooms in our Surgical Center (typically $700+/hour extra if performed at a hospital)
- Local anesthesia with oral or IV sedation for the surgical procedures (typically $700+ extra if administered by a separate anesthesiologist)
- Routine postoperative supplies (typically $100-200 extra if you are asked to purchase supplies privately)
- Surgery assistant and support staff
- Pre and post operative photography
- Routine follow-up care
- Consultation fee
Male Breast Reduction: $3000-$5000
Preparing For Your Surgery
Our staff will do a preoperative to fit your garment and give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating, drinking, and taking certain medications.
Smokers should plan to stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks before surgery and during recovery.
Type of Anesthesia
Correction of enlarged male breasts will be performed under local tumescent anesthesia plus sedation and pain control. You’ll be awake and comfortable.
Surgery for gynecomastia is performed as an outpatient procedure. The surgery itself usually takes about an hour to complete. However, more extensive procedures may take longer. The treatment of choice is liposuction to the area. It might also be necessary to do liposuction along with surgical excision of the glandular tissue to achieve the best results and the flattest chest. The gland is excised through a half-inch to one-inch long incision around the edge of the areola.
After Your Surgery
In any case, you should arrange to have someone drive you home after surgery and to help you out for a day or two if needed. There will be swelling and bruising for a while after surgery. You’ll wear an elastic pressure garment continuously for two weeks and 12 hours per day for an additional 2 weeks after.
Following surgery, you can drive a car in two to three days, return to work in three to five days, but not exercise the chest for four to six weeks. Any stitches will generally be removed about 1 week following the procedure. It is also imperative to wear a compression garment for four weeks after the procedure. it may be 3-6 months before the final results of your surgery are apparent.
All surgeries carry some uncertainty or risk. Male breast-reduction surgery complications are rare and usually minor. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there are risks. These include infection, skin injury, excessive bleeding, adverse reaction to anesthesia, et al. The procedure may also result in noticeable scars, permanent pigment changes in the breast area, or slightly mismatched breasts or nipples. If asymmetry is significant, a second procedure may be performed to remove additional tissue. The temporary effects of breast reduction include loss of breast sensation or numbness, which may last up to a year.