Male Breast Reduction (Gynecomastia Correction)
Gynecomastia is the medical term for male breast enlargement. This condition is not uncommon, affecting as many as 40 percent of young men as they enter puberty. In most cases the breast enlargement resolves on its own, but in some cases it persists, and may be worse if a man is overweight. Gynecomastia may affect only one or both of the breasts, and can be mild or severe. The majority of cases have no known cause, while others may be related to the use of drugs or medical conditions. Use of marijuana or anabolic steroids can also cause gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can consist of predominantly firm glandular breast tissue, softer fatty tissue, or a combination of both. For men who feel self-conscious about their over-sized breasts, gynecomastia surgery can help restore confidence and a more masculine chest contour.
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The best candidates for gynecomastia correction are healthy, emotionally stable men of any age who have firm, elastic skin that will reshape well after surgery. In most cases, depending on the amount of tissue to be removed, as well as the tone and elasticity of the skin, gynecomastia surgery can be done through an inconspicuous incision just at the edge of the areola (the dark skin around the nipple). This is sometimes termed “keyhole surgery.” Ultrasonic or power-assisted liposuction can be used when skin elasticity is good and the tissue to be removed is predominantly fatty. When the gynecomastia tissue is more fibrous (glandular in nature), liposuction alone will be insufficient, and surgical excision will be needed. Most men with gynecomastia will require a combination of these techniques for optimal improvement and smoothest contour.
In cases where there is excessive skin or larger breasts with poor skin tone, additional incisions will be necessary to reduce the loose or sagging breast skin. Obese or overweight men may be able to correct their breast enlargement with diet and exercise; otherwise, surgery will be necessary. Gynecomastia surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure. Our plastic surgeons may use local anesthesia, IV sedation plus local, or general anesthesia depending on the extent of your surgery. A drain may be necessary in some cases, and patients will need to wear a compression vest or bandage until tissues heal and reconfigure to their new sculpted shape. Exercise or strenuous activities should be avoided for at least 2-3 weeks to minimize risk of bleeding, irregularity in chest smoothness, or other complication.
Cost for Gynecomastia Surgery
Gynecomastia surgery costs can depend on the extent and severity of male breast enlargement, and whether or not skin-reducing incisions are necessary, or if the unwanted breast tissue and fat can be removed via a periareolar incision. Costs for periareolar gynecomastia surgery, including liposuction contouring of adjacent areas for the smoothest results, is around $7000, inclusive of operating room, anesthesia, surgeon’s fees, and all post-operative care. Smaller amounts of subareolar tissue removal may be possible under local anesthesia for lesser cost. More extensive skin-reducing gynecomastia operations may require up to four hours of surgery and can cost $15000 or more, dependent on anatomy and time of surgery. Exact costs are available at the time of complimentary consultation by our American Board of Plastic Surgery-certified plastic surgeons, who will examine you and determine your exact requirements. Financing options are available.
Because of the high demand for free consultations with our plastic surgeons, our staff will ask for a credit card number in order to schedule a consultation; there is no charge whatsoever for appointments that are kept–you will be charged $100 only if you fail to keep a scheduled appointment, or fail to cancel at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment time–for Monday appointments, you must cancel no later than noon on the previous Thursday; for Tuesday appointments, you must cancel by noon on the previous Friday.
To learn more about the cost of this procedure and determine whether or not it can help you, please schedule a no-obligation gynecomastia surgery consultation at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, LTD., serving the Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota area and beyond.