Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery
The gynecomastia surgery cost depends on the location of the doctor’s practice, surgeon’s
fee, operating facility, and complexity of the case.
Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery
The gynecomastia cost for male breast reduction surgery will vary between different practices
and even between two patients in the same plastic surgery practice. Several factors will go into
determining the cost.
The location of the plastic surgery practice can make a difference in the overall cost of gynecomastia surgery. The average price of goods and services, including cosmetic surgery, differs from place to place. The value in a metropolitan area or urban location will be more expensive than a less populated region. For example, the cost of male gynecomastia surgery will be higher in New York City or San Francisco oppose to Dayton, Ohio. These goods and services pricing is analogous to the cost gas prices from one state to the next.
This price variation also applies to the surgical center or hospital where the surgery takes place.
The experience of a surgeon plays a significant role in the cost. A highly experienced gynecomastia surgeon will receive the most difficult cases and perform many male breast reduction revision cases. Therefore, you are paying more for the experience. Many less experienced plastic surgeons are very competent in providing gynecomastia surgery so that the cost will reflect. It is essential to do your research to find the best surgeon for you and your situation.
Male breast reduction surgery is often performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. If the facility is state-of-the-art with experienced and specialized staff, the cost may be more.
The anesthesiologist is a critical element of any surgery. Their credentials and experience contribute to the anesthesiologist fee.
The Complexity of the Gynecomastia Case
Case complexity is the "grade of gynecomastia." The grades are 1 to 4. The higher the degree, the longer the surgical time. For example, Grade 4 will undoubtedly be a longer and more complex surgery than a Grade 1, 2, or 3.
Gynecomastia Surgery Costs
- surgeon’s fee – $4500-$6,000
- facility and procedural costs – $2900
- Anesthesia – $900
- Medical testing – $100
- Prescriptions for medication $100
The above estimate is for a 3-hour case.
Will My Insurance Pay for The Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery?
Since the majority of gynecomastia cases are considered cosmetic, they are rarely covered by medical insurance. Gynecomastia is a severe blow to a man’s self-esteem, and this has significant psychological implications. Insurance companies do not regard psychological issues due to male breast enlargement to be warranted. Unless the gynecomastia is associated with cancer, tumors, or life-threatening diseases, the chances of coverage are uncommon. An insurance company may consider coverage for:
- Consistent pain
- Taking a required medication that has caused gynecomastia as a side effect.
- Gynecomastia development as part of a syndrome like Klinefelter Syndrome
If you feel that your situation is warranted, have your primary care doctor write a letter with supporting documentation. It is usually always denied. An appeal is a next step.
Cost of Gynecomastia Revision Surgery
In some cases, men are unhappy with the result. The plastic surgeon who initially operated on the patient will often agree to do corrective work at no/low cost. It is always best to work out the situation with your surgeon since many surgeons will provide revision up to a year at no charge.
If you lose confidence in your surgeon, it is reasonable to search for an alternative. Unfortunately, the cost will be more than finding a solution with your surgeon. The price will be similar or even more than your first surgery, depending on the issue.
American Society of Plastic Surgery – Plastic Surgery.org
Cost Helper Cost
Gynecomastia costs are one of the topics that members of our community discuss most often. In order to demystify the subject, we looked at sources such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and asked gynecomastia experts listed on our website for the average cost of surgeries they perform. We received a range of quotes, from $4,000 to $10,000, for surgeries performed in the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Gynecomastia Costs Usually Include
- Surgeon’s fee
- Facility and procedural costs
- Medical testing
- Prescriptions for medication
Why Gynecomastia Surgery Costs Vary?
- Some patients require a simple liposuction. In other cases breast tissue needs to be broken up and removed, shape of nipples need to be altered and other issues need to be addresses in surgery. As a result, surgical time can vary greatly, resulting in additional costs (the surgeon’s time, surgical staff’s time, usage of facility for longer hours).
- Experts such as the ones listed on gynecomastia.org have more training and experience in performing surgery compared with general plastic surgeons. You should find a surgeon who has many before/after photos to show you and has operated on patients with similar condition dozens of times. This can save you from less-than-optimal results and in some cases the need for revisional surgery. Often, gynecomastia specialists charge higher rates for their surgical skills and their low rate of revision surgeries. You would still pay less than if you end up shelling out for a second surgery, to correct another surgeon’s work.
- Doctors who practice in cities where overheard costs are higher, such as NYC or San Francisco, have to charge more per case.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost of Surgery?
Since the majority of Gynecomastia cases are cosmetic, they are rarely covered by medical insurance providers. Based on the accounts of patients and surgeons, in some cases, if the condition carries a medical risk or causes pain to the patient, there is a chance that the HMO will cover the surgery.
Cost of Revision Surgery
In some cases, men undergo surgery and when the appearance of their chest stabilizes, feel unhappy with the result. The plastic surgeon who originally operated on the patient will often agree to do corrective work at no/low cost. Patients are advised to wait at least a year and seek a second opinion before undergoing another surgery. Revision surgeries, when performed by well-known gynecomastia experts, tend to be complex and cost more than primary gynecomastia surgery.
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