About Chest Reduction Surgery

Male chest reduction, also known as gynecomastia surgery, is a surgical procedure that eliminates excess fat and glandular tissue in the chest in order to create firmer, flatter chest contour. 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?

The cost of chest reduction surgery varies significantly depending on the complexity of your case, the procedures you’re having done (i.e. excision, liposuction, or both), and where you live. It’s also important to note that the amount above does not reflect additional surgery costs, including:
– Anesthesia fees
– Operating room costs
– Blood or additional medical testing
– Compression garments for post-surgery
– Prescriptions
– Miscellaneous expenses, such as surgeon’s fees

Additionally, the cost of the procedure can be affected by the following circumstances:
– The amount of experience and overall reputation of your surgeon. You’ll find that surgeon’s with many years of experience, or that are highly regarded, will typically cost more.
– techniques the surgeon uses for the procedure and the complexity of the case.
– Where your surgeon’s practice is located. Typically, larger cities have higher operational costs and are more expensive.

If you’ve considered chest reduction surgery, but feel like you are limited financially, speak to Dr. Buchanan or one of the VIVIFY staff members about financing options. We do our best to work with each patient by offering financing plans to help him achieve his surgical goals.

Will Insurance Cover My Gynecomastia Surgery?

Health insurance companies typically do not cover gynecomastia surgery. However, you should still do your research before proceeding with this surgery and check with your health insurance provider. It is important to be clear on your financial responsibility before undergoing any surgery.

Finding the Right Plastic Surgeon

While plastic surgery for men has become increasingly popular in recent years, it is still important for men to do their research on potential plastic surgeons. You should only consider a surgeon who is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). Board-certified surgeons spend a minimum of 6-8 years in training after medical school to ensure that they are well-trained in both aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

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