In recent years, rates of men undergoing male breast reduction have soared. Feeling self-conscious about enlarged male breasts can be a painful thing to live with. You may be too embarrassed to wear certain clothes or to remove your shirt while at the beach.For many men, working out and defining their chest only seems to make the breast tissue appear more obvious. You may feel self-conscious about the way your chest looks in T-shirts and dress shirts.
If you are ready to restore your confidence in the appearance of your chest, please call (561) 886-1002 to schedule a complimentary consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue.
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Male Breast Reduction Candidates
Gynecomastia is the presence of excessive male breast tissue. This condition is quite common, affecting 40 to 60 percent of men at some point in their lifetimes. Causes of gynecomastia range from medications, to drugs or even hormonal imbalances. However for most men there is no identifiable cause. For many cases of gynecomastia, male breast reduction is a safe and effective way to eliminate the excess tissue.
Oftentimes, men with gynecomastia cannot get the contour of their chest to change even after changing multiple health and lifestyle factors. If you've tried to slim your chest with diet and exercise, but have not seen the results you want, then gynecomastia surgery may be right for you.
How Male Breast Reduction Is Performed
There are three basic male breast reduction techniques. The degree of gynecomastia and the density of the breast gland determine which technique is used.
Liposuction: If your gynecomastia condition is mostly fat with good skin tone, then liposuction alone may be adequate to provide the results you want. Liposuction uses a special device called a cannula to break apart and suction away excess fat cells.
Excision: If thick glandular tissue or excessive skin is present, excision (precise cutting away of tissue) through the nipple or under the breast may be the best approach.
Combined approach: For some men, a combination of liposuction and tissue excision is the best approach. Oftentimes this approach is used if both significant excess fat and excess glandular tissue is present.
The goal in all of these surgical approaches is to provide a flatter chest with an improved contour from the front and in profile. For minor cases of gynecomastia, Dr. Bogue may be able to perform the procedure under local anesthesia in the office. Other cases require sedation with general anesthesia in an operating room. To be thorough, Dr. Bogue sends out all breast tissue that is removed for pathologic examination to rule out cancer.
The only way to know for sure whether you are a good candidate is to visit Dr. Bogue for a consultation. After a brief physical exam and a discussion of your goals, Dr. Bogue can determine whether this type of surgery is a good fit for your health and expectations.
You'll need to take some time off from work, exercise and other activities after male breast reduction. The complete recovery typically lasts about 2-3 weeks. During this time, you'll wear a compression vest to improve the final appearance of your chest. Most men do not experience recurrence of gynecomastia after this surgery.
Cost of Male Breast Reduction
Male breast reduction is rarely covered by insurance. Call your insurance plan to see if you have coverage prior to your consultation. In most cases it is considered a cosmetic procedure.
Pricing starts at $1,500 for small, in-office excisions and increases for more severe degrees of gynecomastia. A comprehensive quote is provided when you meet with Dr. Bogue outlining surgical fees, anesthesia fees, hospital fees and garments. Financing is available to those who qualify.
Questions about Gynecomastia Surgery
Q: Does insurance pay for gynecomastia excision?
A: Some insurance carriers offer gynecomastia correction, however authorizations for the procedure are uncommon. A phone call to your insurance provider will give you information on whether it is covered and what you need to do to ensure coverage.
Q: What is the biggest risk of the procedure?
A: The biggest risk of gynecomastia surgery is injury to the blood supply of the nipple. Although rare, it becomes more of a concern with larger excisions of tissue.
Q: Does gynecomastia come back?
A: It is rare for the tissue to grow back, particularly when it is surgically excised.
To find out if you are a good candidate for male breast reduction surgery, please call the practice of board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Bogue at (561) 886-1002 to schedule a complimentary consultation. Dr. Bogue is proud to serve Boca Raton and the surrounding areas, including Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.