Did you know that in our current population that it is common for up to 65% of men to suffer from gynecomastia (male breast tissue excess) to some extent? While that is not necessarily a comforting statistic, it should bring about a little bit of comfort to any man that feels like he is suffering from the embarrassment of enlarged breasts alone. If you are hiding behind compression tank tops and layers of clothing and feel like less than your best self, take heart, you are not alone and there is help for correcting this issue!
Gynecomastia is a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men. It can occur at any age and can be caused by heredity, by the use of certain medications, by hormonal conditions, and also by obesity. When considering treatments, there are two main options.
Liposuction alone will often take care of the removal of the extra fat that is causing the breasts to protrude. Liposuction is less invasive, can be done with local or general anesthesia, and has a fairly quick recovery time.
For more extreme cases, removal of the actual breast tissue is needed along with a reduction of the nipple area and sometimes removal of excess skin. This procedure is done under general anesthesia as it involves larger incisions, more tissue removal as well as fat, and work on the size and placement of the nipple area.
When considering the cost of gynecomastia surgery there are several things to consider. The first consideration is the doctor’s experience. It is important to always select a board-certified plastic surgeon to perform this procedure and the fees for these surgeons are based on their years of expertise. Another consideration is the geographical location of the doctor’s practice. Because the cost of living varies around the country, some areas have a generally lower cost, while other very highly populated areas of the country will have an overall higher cost. The third and most important consideration is the type of procedure that you have done. Liposuction alone will cost less than the more advanced surgical procedure of actual breast tissue removal.
The fees that you will be paying typically include (but are not limited to) the following:
Hospital or surgical facility fees
Post-surgical compression garments
Prescriptions for post-surgical care
With all of this being said, the average cost of gynecomastia surgery generally begins around $3500 and can go upward based on the extent of your treatment. Because most insurance companies do not cover this cosmetic procedure, the responsibility for the bill falls mainly on the patient. The good news is that most providers will offer payment plans and financing options to their patients to help them get the care that they need. The very best way to discover the type of treatment that you need and the cost of your treatment is by scheduling a consultation with the staff at Dermatology and Plastic Surgery or Arizona. They will gladly customize a treatment plan for you and provide you with the price and payment options.
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If you are ready to improve your overall appearance and confidence by pursuing gynecomastia surgery, it is time to take the next step and schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon. The medical professionals at Dermatology & Plastic Surgery of Arizona would love to meet with you and help you begin your journey. Fill out the form on this page or call our Tucson location at 520-207-3100 or our Sierra Vista location at 520-458-1787. We look forward to meeting you soon!