How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?
Gynecomastia is the unfortunate condition where the male breast appears feminine and enlarged, also known as man boobs.
One or both breasts can be affected and are referred to as unilateral or bilateral gynecomastia respectively. The male breast that is inflicted with gynecomastia has an excess amount of glandular tissue for a man which is normally found in larger quantities in the breasts of women.
This over production of glandular breast tissue is thought to be caused by an excess of estrogen being present in the male. Nearly 25% of Gynecomastia cases can be attributed to medication causes.
Last year, about 23,000 men underwent breast reduction surgery, which according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, is a 29 percent increase from 2011. With the trend that statistics are showing, we might expect a steady rise this year as well.
A good fitness regime and healthy diet is the first step to combating gynecomastia, and you should monitor your alcohol intake.
The appearance of breasts will not be reduced by exercising the chest muscles, and may actually result in more pronounced breasts.
Instead, you will need to reduce your overall body fat by doing cardiovascular and high intensity training at least 3 times a week.
If you follow a strict regime and the appearance of breasts has not been altered after 6 months, you should then talk to your GP to see if there are any other causes.
The best and most permanent solution to gynecomastia in men is breast reduction surgery, including liposuction.
Gynecomastia and liposuction costs tend to vary depending on which clinic or surgeon is used and how much tissue and fat needs removing.
Before you opt for surgery your doctor will usually assess your condition and make sure that there are no underlying medical concerns which may need to be treated.
Once your physician is happy that there is nothing for him to be concerned about he will refer you to a specialist to perform the operation.
Depending on your location gynecomastia surgery can cost anywhere from $3,000 upward of $7,500. If the condition is primarily caused by a medical condition some insurance companies will cover the cost of the surgery.