Male Breasts Don’t Have to be a Burden
Male breasts are a relatively common issue. The medical term for the condition is gynecomastia. There is comfort in knowing that many men suffer from this problem. While gynecomastia is not typically medically harmful, it can be a source of extreme embarrassment.
Treating Male Breasts
Male breasts can be surgically treated and there are a number of options. The most common is using liposuction to reduce the size of the male breast. We typically try this first; even if it does not completely cure the problem, it will often lead to a large reduction in the size of the breast. If the breast tissue is hard and unresponsive to liposuction, a small incision can made in the male areola and the breast tissue directly removed. Often, both liposuction and direct excision are combined. If a very large amount of breast tissue exists, it may be necessary to remove some skin but this is a last option because it will leave scars on the chest wall. These scars can be almost as noticeable as the breast tissue.
Recovery depends on the specifics of the procedure, but is usually only a few days. If the procedure only involves liposuction, post-operative pain is typically mild and patients can return to work in four or five days and return to full exercise in three to four weeks. If excision was used, it is usually possible to return to work after four or five days and back to full exercise (except for chest exercises) in four weeks. Chest exercises will need to wait at least six to eight weeks after surgery.
The Goal of Male Breast Surgery
After careful consideration of your desires, Dr. Nease or Dr. Deal will recommend the surgical and non-surgical treatment options that will help you obtain your goals. Our ultimate goal is your satisfaction and improved, natural appearance without any obvious signs of surgery. Through meticulous attention to detail, all scars are well hidden and minimally invasive techniques are performed whenever possible to give you the best result with the least amount of down time.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Male Breast Surgery?
- Age 18 to 65
- Generally in good health
- Desire reduced size and shape of the breast
- Desire augmentation, lift or reduction of the breast
What is the average cost of treating male breasts (gynecomastia) in Chattanooga, North Georgia and North Alabama?
Specific costs depend, of course, on your unique needs. On average, treatment for gynecomastia runs between $4,000 and $6,000. Your specific quote will include the surgeon's fee, anesthesia costs, facility fees for the operating room and all other supplies and implants when indicated. The total price quote at Southern Surgical Arts also includes all routine follow-up visits.
Some surgery centers bundle the price of the procedure into one total fee like we do at Southern Surgical Arts. Others may only quote you their surgeon's fee so that their prices seem less. Ask questions to be sure that your different prices are indeed comparable.