Gynecomastia surgery is considered by far the most effective way to decrease man boobs on the male body. It is not commonly the sort of surgical procedure you have if you’ve developed man boobs as a result of an excess weight issue, it’s usually recommended for men who may have an inherited condition or hormonal imbalance.
However, you’ll still have to deal with the hormonal imbalance issue or it is likely that the man boobs could naturally redevelop after surgery.
Before considering gynecomastia surgery you should first consult your doctor to find out if you actually have gynecomastia or pseudo-gynecomastia. When man boobs develop due to excess weight, there is a build up of fat tissue in the chest, this is totally different from the tissue that comprises the female breasts, although it can often resemble it.
When the condition is due to excess chest fat it is called pseudo-gynecomastia, which means that your man boobs are false breasts that can be reduced by a combination of eating foods that reduce chest fat and performing exercises to reduce man boobs. True gynecomastia sufferers will actually develop breast tissue that is very similar to that of a woman.
Many men consider Gynecomastia surgery a viable way to reduce man breasts, although you should always talk to your doctor first to examine any viable alternatives. Even if you have true gynecomastia, there are still some alternatives to surgery such as medications to re-balance the hormone levels that should be explored before considering surgery.
What is the cost of gynecomastia surgery?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery’s 2012 plastic surgery statistics report, the average cost of gynecomastia surgery is $3,194. However, this may not include such things as:
• Anesthesia charges
• Hospital or medical facility costs
• Medical examinations
• Post-surgery garments
• Post-surgery Medication
• Surgeon’s fees
The real cost of male breast reduction can also be a prohibitive factor, with prices starting at $5,000 and going up to over $10,000, it is not a cheap option. Surgery costs vary from patient to patient and also depend upon what type of surgery you may require, the surgeons fee and the after surgery recovery care you need. So make sure you get a total cost of the male breast reduction procedure before you proceed with the surgery.
Will my medical insurance cover my Gynecomastia surgery costs?
Some insurance policies will cover the cost whilst others will class it as a non essential or cosmetic procedure and will not cover it, so check your policy and contact your insurer to find out if you are covered or not.
Financing a Gynecomastia procedure:
If your insurance company will not cover you for the gynecomastia surgery cost, all is not lost. Various medical loan companies such as CareCredit and SurgeryLoans specialize in financing surgical procedures that are outside the scope of insurance cover.
How do I choose a surgeon for gynecomastia surgical procedure?
When choosing a surgeon you have to realize that anyone can call themselves a plastic surgeon or cosmetic surgeon and carrying out some background checks is absolutely crucial.
When conducting your research you should be looking for such things as:
Malpractice Cases, if they have ever had any, and what for?
License Restrictions, if they have had any sanctions placed upon them and what for.
Medical Training, find out what training the surgeon has had. Make sure they have been specifically trained to carry out the procedure.
Board Certification, find out if the surgeon is certified by a medical board. Ask to see before and after photos of the same type of surgery that the doctor is recommending for you, if they can’t show you specific photos, they have probably not carried out many or any of the same procedures.
Read the Gynecomastia specific forums to get recommendations and then check them out using the links below. The more research you do, the more confident you will become about the surgeons ability to satisfactorily complete the procedure.
You can find out what if any board certification a doctor has here: American Board of Medical Specialties
You can also carry out a search the ABPS database here: American Board of Plastic Surgery
You can also look into a doctor’s malpractice claims and the actions taken by his state medical board here: Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. America’s Trusted Source for Identifying Top Doctors
Another good source is the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS®)