Before considering gynecomastia surgery there are a number of things to understand. In 95% of cases pseudo-gynecomastia is actually the cause of your man boobs. This means that excess chest fat triggered by diet or obesity is the culprit. If so then this is your lucky day, because you can loose your manboobs without the need for expensive and painful surgery. Please refer to the Gynecomastia Treatment section for more details on natural cures for man breasts.
Even if you have the type of gynecomastica which involves excess breast tissue as well as excess fat stored in the chest, surgery is still the last option you should consider. Any decent gynecomastia surgeon will recommend that you adjust your diet and exercise plan before and after surgery. This is because you need to treat the hormone imbalance that causes gynecomastia. This is generally triggered by poor diet and lack of exercise, though can also be attributed to some medications or serious illnesses. See Gynecomastia Causes for more information.
How Much Does It Cost?
While gynecomastia surgery will provide instant benefits by removing fat and breast tissue, it is not guaranteed to be permanent. The procedure can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 and is not covered by most insurance companies, due to the fact it is classed as cosmetic surgery. This in addition to the long recovery time, possible scarring and inherent risks of surgery mean this option is best tried after everything else.
How Does It Work?
The procedure itself involves making an incision at the nipple and removing glandular tissue before using liposuction to remove fat and sculpt the chest. Following the operation the patient has to wear a compression vest for up to six weeks to allow the chest tissue to reattach in the cavity where the fat was. There will be scarring left from the incision and a lot of bruising.
The patient will need to maintain a healthy diet and exercise program to ensure that the gynaecomastia doesn’t return. If the man boobs do come back there is a chance the patient will need a second operation. There are inherent risks with any type of surgery and although complications are relatively rare, this is something you need to consider.
How Do I Find a Good Gynecomastia Surgeon?
If you do decide to have gynecomastia surgery, then it doesn’t matter if you live in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or Houston, the process is the same. Your first step to find a reputable surgeon in your area is to check with the American Society of Plastic Surgery or the equivalent in your country. It is also a good idea to check your surgeon’s credentials with the relevant state medical board before booking a consultation.
Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon how many GRS (Gynecomastia Reduction Surgery) procedures they do a year. This will let you know how experienced they are with gynecomastia surgery. In general the more procedures they do the better, remember practice makes perfect. Also be sure to ask to see before and after photos of their gynecomastia patients and see if you are impressed with the results.