How much does gynecomastia surgery cost? What can I expect? Dr. Ron Somogyi answers these common questions and more.
Men, like women, can experience an over-development of breast tissue. This condition, known as gynecomastia, is very common, and can impact those affected by it both physically and emotionally. In fact, gynecomastia often goes unaddressed in men who are too embarrassed to seek a solution.
For this same reason, there are far too many men with unanswered questions about gynecomastia surgery—also known as male breast reduction—and the results that can be achieved. We want men everywhere to know the impact this surgery can have on their appearance, their self-confidence, and their future. Today, Dr. Ron Somogyi from Toronto Plastic Surgery is answering some common questions and concerns about this life-changing procedure.
What is gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is an over-development of male breast tissue. Frequently, it begins during puberty but it may occur at any time during adulthood in one or both breasts. The condition isn’t medically serious, but it can cause awkwardness, and many boys and men feel self-conscious about their physical appearances as a result.
There are two types of gynecomastia: primary gynecomastia (the most common) and secondary gynecomastia. Men with primary gynecomastia usually develop excess breast tissue during puberty with no detectable underlying cause. Secondary gynecomastia develops as a result of obesity, underlying health conditions, hormone imbalance, or the use of steroids, marijuana or certain other medications.
What causes gynecomastia?
Many people mistakenly believe that gynecomastia is the result of excess fat, but in reality the problem is an excess of breast tissue, which cannot be addressed with changes in diet and exercise. The condition can, and often does, affect males at a healthy weight. Barring any detectable underlying cause, gynecomastia is usually the result of an imbalance of a male’s hormones. As testosterone levels decrease and estrogen levels increase, these imbalances can cause male breast tissue to over-develop.
In your experience, how does gynecomastia affect your male patients?
Physically, there are usually very few symptoms of gynecomastia. In some cases, patients complain of breast tenderness and discomfort, but most commonly, my male patients are affected emotionally. They often describe feeling self-conscious about their breast size and uneasy about wearing form-fitting clothes or exposing their chest in public. Many patients feel too embarrassed to participate in certain physical activities like swimming or sports because they feel awkward about being shirtless.
What are my options for correcting gynecomastia?
Unless the gynecomastia is caused by an underlying condition that can be treated, surgical male breast reduction is the only consistently effective treatment with long-lasting results.
What is involved in gynecomastia surgery?
When a patient is considering gynecomastia surgery, we begin with a consultation where goals and expectations are discussed. A complete review of medical and surgical history will identify any underlying causes and examination of the area will confirm surgical options and expected outcomes. For the patient, this is also a great opportunity to determine whether your surgeon is the right fit.
The surgery itself is an outpatient procedure, which means you’ll return home the day of your surgery. Most commonly, male breast reduction is performed through a small incision near the nipple where the excess tissue is removed. Liposuction is performed around the edges of the treated area to ensure smooth and natural final result. Occasionally, liposuction alone may be sufficient to adequately treat the problem.
What’s the recovery like?
Pain, bruising, and mild swelling are normal and expected immediately following your procedure. Make sure you arrange to have someone accompany you on the day of surgery to drive you home, and someone to help you around the house in your first few days of recovery.
Patients can often return to most normal activities within a few days, though we often recommend you plan for one week off from work to provide adequate time to rest and heal during this initial period. After surgery, you will have to wear a compression garment, like a tight undershirt, for a few weeks to reduce swelling and optimize tissue recovery. Heavy physical activity is restricted for approximately one month.
Once your surgery is complete, our staff will schedule regular follow-up visits to ensure your recovery is as quick and comfortable as possible. We’ll provide you with post-operative instructions, pain management options, and instructions for caring for your incisions.
Will there be a scar?
As with any surgery, male breast reduction will involve incisions, which inevitably heal as visible scars. The incisions used in this procedure are very small and located near the nipple. You can rest assured that every effort is made to ensure incisions are made precisely and that these small scars heal as fine lines that fade over time.
Do you have before and after photos?
We do! Take a look at my before and after gallery here.
How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?
“How much does gynecomastia surgery cost?” is one the most common questions we receive. At Toronto Plastic Surgery, Gynecomastia surgery, though highly individualized, ranges in cost from $5500 to $7000.
If you have any additional questions about gynecomastia, or you’re interested in scheduling a private surgical consultation, contact us at Toronto Plastic Surgery today.