Question & Answer
All things Gynecomastia
Q: What is gynecomastia?
A: Gynecomastia is a medical condition characterized by the enlargement of glandular breast tissue in males. It can be caused by hormonal imbalances, certain medications, or underlying medical conditions.
Q: What is gynecomastia surgery?
A: Gynecomastia surgery is a type of cosmetic surgery that removes excess breast tissue in males. It is also known as male breast reduction surgery.
Q: Who is a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
A: Good candidates for gynecomastia surgery are males who have enlarged breast tissue that is causing physical or emotional discomfort. They should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of the surgery.
Q: How is gynecomastia surgery performed?
A: Gynecomastia surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. The surgery involves making incisions around the nipple or in the underarm area, through which the excess breast tissue is removed. In some cases, liposuction may also be used to remove excess fat.
Q: What is the recovery like after gynecomastia surgery?
A: Recovery time after gynecomastia surgery varies, but most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week or two. You may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort for a few days after the surgery, but your surgeon will provide you with pain medication to manage any discomfort.
Q: Are there any risks or complications associated with gynecomastia surgery?
A: As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications associated with gynecomastia surgery. These may include bleeding, infection, scarring, asymmetry, and a change in nipple sensation. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you before the surgery and take steps to minimize them.
Q: How long do the results of gynecomastia surgery last?
A: The results of gynecomastia surgery are typically long-lasting, but they can be affected by weight gain, hormonal changes, or the use of certain medications. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions can help ensure the longevity of your results.
Q: How can I find a qualified surgeon for gynecomastia surgery?
A: It is important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with experience in male breast reduction surgery. You can ask for recommendations from your primary care physician or search for qualified surgeons through professional organizations like the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Q: How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?
A: The cost of gynecomastia surgery can vary widely depending on several factors, including the surgeon’s experience, the geographical location of the practice, the type of techniques and procedures performed, and the time the surgery will take under anesthesia. In general at our practice, gynecomastia ranges between $9000 to $11,000. It is best to come in for a consultation to create a customized surgical plan and then receive an exact quote.