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Is gynecomastia surgery worth it?

The survey says Male Breast Reduction Surgery 98% THUMBS UP!

According to the Realself survey, 98% of men say they would recommend male breast reduction surgery to a friend.

Male breast reduction surgery ( gynecomastia surgery), came in third in the list of worthwhile cosmetic procedures. Gynecomastia (man boobs) surgery, in the opinion of patients, is 98% worthwhile. The results were the same for women who had breast augmentation surgery as well as breast reduction surgery.

Gynecomastia, what is it?

Gynecomastia is sometimes known as “moobs” or “man boobs.” Men will have the appearance of having male breasts due to excess glandular breast tissue and excess fat. Tenderness and a large nipple are other common side effects. Some of these signs and symptoms may appear on only one side of the chest or both sides.

What Initiates the Growth of Male Breast Tissue?

High amounts of estrogen, the female hormone, can cause an increase in male breast tissues when the male and female hormones, testosterone and estrogen, spike throughout puberty. Gynecomastia in early puberty is treatable and self-limiting in over 90% of instances.

Male breast growth can also be caused by the use of anabolic steroids and other drugs and substances.

Testosterone levels in men begin to drop around the age of sixty. As a result, the development of male breasts is possible. Male menopause, often known as lower T, is a medical term that describes this phenomenon. It’s a lot like menopause for women.

Can my health insurance cover my gynecomastia surgery?

Gynecomastia is typically treated surgically, and insurance companies consider it an elective operation. However, depending on your insurance policy, you may be able to get coverage for your gynecomastia surgery.

Unless your doctor can show that having excess tissue of the breasts puts you at risk of developing skin infections or significant breast pain your case will most likely be denied.

Gynecomastia Surgery Costs on an Average

The American Society of Plastic Surgery estimates that the average cost of gynecomastia therapy in the United States in 2020 will be $4,239. The cost of general anesthesia, operating room amenities, and other associated expenses are not included in this average price – they are included as part of the total cost.

The cost of your initial surgical treatment may also be determined by your doctor’s level of experience, the cost of living index in your city and state, such as San Francisco, California. Bear in mind that this pricing quote excludes medical equipment.

Dr. Delgado’s prices are higher than the national average due to his location in the San Francisco Bay Area and his status as one of the country’s best male breast reduction surgeons.

Gynecomastia treatment has many advantages

Boosts confidence and self-esteem by building self-esteem.

As a result of their anxieties about their bodies, men suffering from gynecomastia are more likely to suffer from depression. Self-esteem in men with gynecomastia surgery can be quickly boosted by getting a firmer, more attractive chest shape.

A flatter chest after enlarged male breasts plastic surgery allows patients to wear better-fitting apparel, spend more time at the beach without a shirt on, and participate in social activities without feeling self-conscious.

Increase Your Masculine Appearance

When a man’s chest is compared to a female body, it’s not seen as a compliment. Many men with extra breast tissue are made to feel self-conscious about their appearance since their chests don’t look masculine.

Excess fat and breast tissue is removed from the chest area during a man boobs operation, resulting in a more masculine chest appearance. A male breast reduction treatment can provide men a more masculine appearance by reducing the size of their chests, as well as alleviate any associated guilt.

An active lifestyle is relaxing

It’s difficult to work out when you’re bothered by your breasts. Exercises like jogging and jumping become more difficult to hide when you are aware of the movements in your chest, as is the case with women who have undergone breast augmentation.

Compression athletic bras for women assist keep the breasts in place when exercising and prevent them from slipping around. Unfortunately, these bras are not available for guys. Men are able to move more freely with a flatter chest size, which encourages them to retain a stronger and firmer physique while also helping them stay in shape.

The Perfect Posture

Chest enlargement can lead to hunching and deformity of the cervical spine by altering a person’s posture. It’s possible that this will cause a back hump over time, which could lead to chronic back pain. Poor posture can give you a sad appearance in addition to having weak abdominal muscles.

Men with gynecomastia may adopt a slumped posture to hide their protruding chests. Patients with normal-sized chests are able to stand more confidently, with their backs straighter and their shoulders higher.

Freedom of Mind

Self-consciousness about one’s body image can lead to a person’s mind being overrun with negative thoughts. Many men with gynecomastia go through their days stressing over what to wear, how to cover their chests, and whether or not anyone notices they have breasts.

Male breast reduction surgery frees men from their anxieties and fears, allowing them to get on with their daily activities and socialize with their loved ones. Most guys who have had male breast reduction surgery say it has improved their quality of life and provided them with emotional relief.

Is Gynecomastia Treatment Right for You?

Male breast reduction surgery is best suited to men who are mentally stable and in good physical health. Candidates with the best surgical outcomes have firm, elastic skin that changes shape with time.

Gynecomastia can be treated with plastic surgery, however, it is may not be advised for obese or overweight men since more extensive surgery may be required, including the removal of excess skin. Dr. Delgado is happy to discuss the option in all types and severity of cases.

Dr. Delgado is a board-certified plastic surgeon San Francisco Bay Area in California, who welcomes your call.

To find out if you are a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery or if you have any other concerns, please contact us at 415-898-4161.

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If I Need a Second Stage Gynecomastia Surgery, What Will it Cost?

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Severe Gynecomastia

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6 months After Stage One Surgery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gynecomastia breasts (also known as moobs) comes in many different forms, from minor to severe. Each case is unique and needs to be evaluated as such.

For the fortunate men that have what is known as “pseudo-gynecomastia”, liposuction alone may be possible, for that condition is caused by fat alone and does not include breast tissue.

Then for the man that has only a mild to moderate case, it is possible for them to have a less invasive procedure known as the “Light Pull-through Procedure”, see details in the blog dated October 27, 2010.

For moderate to severe cases, it is sometimes recommended that the surgery be done in two separate stages, allowing the patient to heal from the first surgery for approximately 4 to 6 months so that the blood flow can reestablish itself underneath the nipple-areolar complex. At the time of the initial consultation, it will be possible for Dr. Delgado to advise the patient if a second stage, also known as the peri-areolar lift, may be necessary to get optimal results. The second stage is usually done as an office procedure under local anesthesia with a fee of about $2500 to $2800, but as mentioned before each case is individual and the secondary surgery will depend on how much skin and laxity is present.

 

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2 Weeks After Stage Two Surgery

“Will Insurance Cover Gynecomastia Surgery?”

This question comes up frequently, it is hard to imagine that most insurance companies (if not all) consider gynecomastia surgery a cosmetic procedure. On the other hand, breast reduction surgery for women in many cases is a covered procedure. In comparing the procedures, it is understandable why it is covered for women. Women have issues of back, neck and shoulder pain due to large, pendulous breasts. Most San Francisco Bay Area men do not have physical symptoms of discomfort due to their moobs, or gynecomastia breasts.

Women do have to get pre authorization in order to get coverage for their surgery, and it is not always approved. Each insurance company has its own criteria and process that one must go through to get approval. For men seeking male breast reduction, it is almost never covered. There have been a few cases that succeeded, but almost always would be in the instance of a juvenile. For men that have pain due to their enlarged breasts, getting coverage, might be possible. It will depend on their insurance. It is worth a try!

Unfortunately, insurance companies do not consider the sometimes debilitating psychological effects male breasts can have on a man as a reason for coverage. There have been one or two court cases challenging their position, and hopefully in the future it will be a covered procedure.

Gynecomastia Surgery Cost

HOW MUCH DOES GYNECOMASTIA SURGERY COST?…..

AND HOW DO I PAY FOR IT??

For many patients, a large factor in deciding if they will proceed with surgery will be its affordability. However, this is not a surgery that has a flat fee, it is a very personalized procedure and many factors need to be taken into consideration for each patient. Ideally the best way to receive a quote is to come in for a personal consultation with Dr. Delgado. Sometimes men want to know ahead of time what the cost will be especially if they live a distance away or due to the fact that they really have no idea and want to know if it is something they are even able to consider. Dr. Delgado understands this hesitancy and therefore offers a free phone consultation if the patient is able to email photos and provide a phone number, Skype is also an option. The patient would then be given a quote and would know exactly what to expect. Having a phone consultation not only provides the patient needed information but will also give him the opportunity to get to know Dr. Delgado and feel comfortable with his vast knowledge of gynecomastia as well as his compassion for men with this condition.

The cost for the surgery usually begins at about $7000; this would include all office visits, surgery center fees and anesthesia. Depending on how severe the case is would determine how involved the procedure will be. For more severe cases, sometimes a small breast lift may be needed to achieve the best result. In even more severe cases, a secondary procedure may be needed ….this is information that will be provided to you when consulting with Dr. Delgado whether in person or on the phone.

Deciding how to pay for the surgery can be a challenge. Some are fortunate enough to have the money on hand, but many do not. Sometimes a close friend or relative who understands how important this is to the patient may be in a position to help. Generally though, that may not be the case. Since this is such a private matter, most men do not want others to know about the surgery. We do not offer “in house” financing but we do accept MasterCard and Visa. We have referrals to companies that specialize in loans for surgical procedures. They have various payment plans and you may find one that works into your budget. We will be happy to work with you on this once you decide to move forward.

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