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About Chest Reduction Surgery

Men who choose to undergo this treatment typically suffer from a condition known as “Gynecomastia,” which is the abnormal overdevelopment or swelling of the breast tissue in males. This procedure can involve excision of the excess fat, liposuction, or a combination of both.

Am I a Good Candidate for Gynecomastia Surgery?

A chest reduction can provide many benefits for a patient, but it is important to set realistic goals and expectations for the outcome of the procedure.

You may be a good candidate for gynecomastia in Tampa if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Swollen or excess breast glandular tissue
  • Puffy nipples
  • Excess fat in the chest or pectoral region
  • Nipple discharge

We also recommend that patients considering the procedure be:

  • Healthy and nonsmokers. If you smoke, most plastic surgeons will ask that you stop smoking entirely, or stop smoking six weeks prior to your procedure, as well as six weeks post-operation.
  • At a relatively normal, consistent weight
  • Realistic about their goals and the outcome of the procedure
    If you believe you are a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery based on the qualifications outlined above, we suggest you schedule a consultation with Dr. Buchanan to discuss the possibility of chest reduction surgery and the added benefits it could bring to your life.

What Does Recovery from a Gynecomastia Surgery Look Like?

We understand that sometimes it is challenging for men to remain in bed for long periods of time or to ask for help while recovering. However, the recovery period following a surgical procedure is critical to obtaining good, long-term results. After your surgery is completed, your chest will be covered with gauze and bandages as well as compression garments to help minimize swelling and keep your new shape intact. Drains may be placed in order to eliminate any excess blood or fluid under the skin. Dr. Buchanan will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your incisions, bandages, and drains.

Navigating Activity Levels

You should avoid any type of strenuous activity for roughly two weeks post-surgery. After this healing period, light to moderate activity can be resumed after having it cleared by Dr. Buchanan in your follow-up appointments. You should avoid heavy lifting for about 6 weeks after surgery. While results will be visible immediately following the procedure, full recovery can take anywhere from three to six months, depending on the complexity of your case. Incision lines will fade over time and your newly formed contours will will improve your confidence for many years to come.

How Much Does a Chest Reduction Cost? Prices starting at $9,000

The cost of male breast reduction in Tampa can vary significantly based on your case's complexity. Health insurance companies typically do not cover it since it is considered a cosmetic enhancement procedure. Total procedure costs may include the following:

  • Anesthesia fees
  • Operating room costs
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Surgeon fees
  • Other miscellaneous fees

Additionally, you may need to consider the cost of blood tests or other pre-operative testing, medical clearance exams, and prescription medications.

    The cost of the procedure may also be influenced by factors such as:

    • The surgeon's experience and reputation
    • The techniques used for the procedure
    • The location of the surgeon's practice

    If you are concerned about the financial aspect of male breast reduction, you can discuss financing options with Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members, as they offer financing plans to help you achieve your surgical goals.

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    Will Insurance Cover My Gynecomastia Surgery?

    Typically, health insurance companies do not cover the cost of gynecomastia surgery, as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. However, we recommend conducting thorough research and consulting with your health insurance provider to ascertain your financial responsibility before proceeding with the surgery.

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    Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

    While the popularity of plastic surgery for men has increased in recent years, it remains crucial for men to carefully research potential plastic surgeons. It is advisable to select a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons undergo rigorous training for a minimum of 6-8 years after medical school to ensure they possess the necessary expertise in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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