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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 surgery 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.

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 chest reduction surgery can vary significantly based on several factors. These factors include the complexity of your case, the specific procedures involved (such as excision, liposuction, or a combination), and where you live, but at VIVIFY, you can expect your procedure to start at $9,000, including anesthesia fees

It is important to note that the mentioned cost may not include additional expenses associated with the surgery, such as:

  • Blood or additional medical testing
  • Compression garments for post-surgery
  • Prescriptions

Furthermore, the overall cost can also be influenced by the following circumstances:

  • The level of experience and reputation of the surgeon. Surgeons with extensive experience or a renowned reputation may charge higher fees.
  • The techniques employed by the surgeon and the complexity of your individual case.
  • The geographical location of the surgeon's practice. Generally, larger cities with higher operational costs tend to have higher prices.

If you are considering chest reduction surgery but have financial constraints, we encourage you to discuss financing options with Dr. Buchanan or the VIVIFY staff. We strive to work with each patient by providing financing plans that can assist them in achieving their 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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