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Gynecomastia, or excessive breast tissue in men, is a far more common issue than you might realize. Some statistics suggest that up to half of all men are affected by some degree of gynecomastia. This condition can cause embarrassment and negatively impact self-esteem. Some of our West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area patients report avoiding taking off their shirt even during the warm summer months because they dislike the way their chest looks. Fortunately, male breast reduction surgery is available to restore a more masculine contour to the chest.

Is gynecomastia right for me?

Ideal candidates are men who are embarrassed by their abnormally excessive breast tissue. Surgery is not recommended for teens; often, teenage boys grow out of this condition, making surgery unnecessary. However, for many adult men, male breast reduction has offered the opportunity to achieve a firmer, flatter chest with a more masculine appearance. Gynecomastia patients should be in good general health. The best candidates are at a healthy weight; obesity can cause the appearance of male breast development, but this is best solved through weight loss rather than surgery. A hormonal evaluation and physical exam is recommended prior to surgery to rule out potential medical issues for the growth of breast tissue.

How much does male breast reduction cost?

In the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area, the cost of gynecomastia surgery varies widely depending on the specifics of the surgery, such as whether one or both sides are treated and the amount and type of tissue being removed. Average costs range from $3,000 to $4,000. In some cases, this procedure may be covered by insurance, if the development of excess chest tissue stems from a medical condition.

How involved is the gynecomastia procedure?

Male breast reduction surgery is performed with general anesthesia, so patients are not awake during the procedure. First, a small incision is made around the nipple and areola; other small incisions may also be made at other locations on the chest. Excess breast tissue and fat are removed through these incisions. This process usually takes about two hours, and does not require an overnight stay; patients may return home after awakening from the anesthesia.

How long is the recovery after males breast reduction?

The recovery process usually takes about two to three weeks. During this time, patients should avoid strenuous exercise and wear a compression garment or supportive vest to help the chest tissue adjust to its new contours. Common side effects include temporary skin numbness, swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Most patients in the West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens area are back to work in about a week, and feel fully healed within three weeks.

What should I do next?

Are you looking for ways to achieve a flatter, more toned-looking chest by ridding yourself of excess breast tissue caused by gynecomastia? Call Dr. Kapp today at (561) 833-4022 or fill out our online form for your consultation.