Gynecomastia surgery cost varies depending on different factors, explained below. Gynecomastia, or male breast enlargement, is a physical condition where the male breast has become enlarged for a variety of reasons, not all of which are fully understood. It is treated most commonly in body builders who take steroids and overweight individuals who have fat deposits that are making the breast appear fuller, although there are other causes than these.
There are two components of gynecomastia tissue, the glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Cosmetic treatment for this varies depending on which tissue type is present. Some fat tissue is necessary over the pectoral muscles or concave areas can form. To reach the desired look, often a combination of liposuction and excision is used. It is not unusual for a combination of glandular and fatty tissues to exist, in which case the surgeon must make sure that the surgeon has discussed the possibility that excision will be needed and the desired look with the patient before the procedure, so the surgeon can make the determination during the procedure as to how to solve the issue using a combination of the two techniques.
Before liposuction was invented, excision was the only option; this is done by using a small excision around the areola, about half of its diameter, and removing the necessary tissue. This works well even today, when there is a well defined mass to remove. The presence of glandular tissue is relatively easy to determine if the patient is thin. When fatty tissue alone is the culprit, then liposuction is a much better option. Liposuction involves making a tiny incision and inserting a cannula, which is a tube used to remove the fat deposits. Fat is removed in pieces, and the surrounding fat tissue fills these areas in as the healing process occurs. Glandular tissue cannot be removed this way, as it is firm, not soft, and the cannula cannot remove it. The Vaser ultrasonic liposuction technology can efficiently remove fatty and glandular tissue.
Gynecomastia surgery cost varies somewhat based on what region of the country a patient lives in, the facility cost, the surgeon cost, and other factors. National average of uncomplicated gynecomastia surgery cost is about $3200, with most surgeries ranging between $3000 and $5000 and, in almost all instances, this is an elective surgery and not covered by health insurance.
Gynecomastia surgery cost can be much less than the effect on a man’s self esteem. It can make a man reluctant to remove his shirt at the beach. Some men conceal the problem by wearing two shirts every day. Even fit men who have put a lot of effort into developing bodies that would look good in tight shirts cannot do so if they have this problem. In addition, gynecomastia can make a man who is just a few pounds overweight look much heavier than they really are.
Dr. Pollard is happy to answer gynecomastia and any other cosmetic surgery questions a patient may have. She has many years’ experience treating gynecomastia with the ultrasonic liposuction and Vaser. Prospective patients who have questions about gynecomasia and gynecomastia surgery cost should call Dr. Pollard at Pollard Plastic Surgery in Philadelphia.