What is Gynecomastia
Gynecomastia is the scientific term for the enlargement of male breasts or “man boobs.” Male breast reduction is process of reducing the size and appearance of enlarged breasts through a multiplicity of ways including exercise, diet, hormone pills and liposuction surgery.
Gynecomastia can be embarrassing, especially around the sun-filled days of the year when it’s popular to take off one’s shirt. This is often the time when men with large breasts begin to think again about reducing the size.
This surgery is the reduction of male breasts, the flattening of man boobs for the sake of appearance. Reduction mammaplasty as it is officially called, is the reduction of the fat around the breasts that cause sagging of skin and contouring the chest for a more pleasant appearance. The areola is the darker skin around the nipple and plastic surgery can tighten up the skin after the excess fat is removed.
How much does reduction mammaplaty cost
The price varies widely for this procedure and includes all aspects of plastic surgery. The average cost is around $3,500 but can be as much as $8,000 depending on the amount of corrective surgery required. All the aspects of the surgery are covered in the cost including:
- Inpatient / outpatient hospital or clinic stays
- Surgeon fees
- Prescriptions if needed
The ultimate deciding factor should never be cost alone. It is important that you feel comfortable with the doctor in charge of your care, which is worth the extra money if you find the right practitioner.
The procedure is typically considered a cosmetic surgery and is seldom eligible for insurance coverage.
Gynecomastia surgery candidacy
Candidates for this procedure should exhaust all other efforts of breast fat reduction, including the following considerations:
- Alternative medicine
- Men who’s breast enlargement has plateaued
- Men who are upset by the appearance of large breasts
What to expect after Gynecomastia surgery
It is very important to follow your plastic surgeon’s instructions post-operation. The recovery is mild and usually an outpatient procedure but will require some followup. A small tube may be in place for a few days or weeks following the operation in case there is any blood pooling around the area. There may be some bruising for a period as well. The bruising may also be accompanied by some discomfort and mild to medium pain during recovery. Although the surgery is minimally invasive, it is still a medical procedure which requires rest around the affected area so physical activity may need to be restricted during the process of recovery.
If there were any activities such as taking steroids or other medications which brought on gynecomastia, those activities must be put to an end immediately to prevent a relapse of the condition.
Finding the right gynecomastia surgeon
Doctors who perform this surgery are everywhere, but we will only bring the very best of the best in each city around the US. It is important to do your own research on the doctor you are considering to perform your treatment.
Choose only the doctor you are comfortable with as this is a lifestyle choice which will improve your overall sense of well-being.