Gynecomastia, commonly known as male breast reduction, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to remove excess breast tissue in men to create natural looking, masculine contours. While the procedure can be very important for a patient from a physiological as well as emotional perspective, cost still remains a key consideration for many patients.
An experienced gynecomastia surgeon will explain all aspects of the procedure during the initial consultation, and also discuss the estimated costs. The goal is to enable the patient to make a well-considered decision. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eugene Kim provides male breast reduction surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding locations.
Factors Affecting the Cost
The price tag of male breast reduction cosmetic surgery can vary from one practice to another. In fact, the sticker price may also vary between two patients at the same practice. A number of factors will influence the dollar amount:
Where the practice is located typically makes an important difference to the overall cost of gynecomastia surgery. Major urban centers and prime cities along the coasts will usually have a higher cost of living, impacting the costs of all types of goods and services, including surgical treatments. For instance, the cost of gynecomastia in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, West Hollywood, CA, and surrounding areas may not be the same as the dollar figure in, say, New Jersey.
A plastic surgeon will normally charge a fee according to their skills, experience and certifications. Ideally, a patient should choose a board certified plastic surgeon with adequate experience and hospital privileges. These surgeons typically invest in cutting edge technologies, ongoing education and training, and adhere to the highest quality standards and best surgical practices. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) recommends that patients should choose the most appropriate surgeon for their needs.
Anesthesia and Operating Facility Costs
Male breast reduction procedure may be performed using general anesthesia. This will involve the services of an anesthesiologist or a registered anesthetist nurse. Their fee will differ according to their qualifications, and must be added to the dollar amount of the procedure. The procedure may be performed at a hospital, ambulatory surgical center, or a surgical suite. The costs and benefits associated with each of these options will vary.
Extent of Surgery
In many cases, male breast reduction surgery will involve a combination of liposuction and surgical excision to remove excess breast fat as well as excess breast glandular tissue. But in a few cases, only excess breast fat removal may be required, which will only involve liposuction. Therefore, the monetary amount of the procedure may vary slightly depending on the extent of surgery performed.
Most insurance providers may treat a mild form of gynecomastia as a cosmetic issue, and may not cover the sticker price. However, if the condition is pronounced, and is causing physiological and emotional problems to the patient, it may be treated as a medically necessary procedure and insurance may fully or partially cover the dollar amount of this procedure.
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