There are several factors influencing male breast reduction surgery cost; these include the surgical maneuvers (excision-based techniques, liposuction, or both), clinic location, surgeon’s fee, among others.
Sometimes, insurance coverage for male breast reduction is possible provided that the abnormal enlargement of the breasts, a condition referred to as gynecomastia, poses serious health problems. A good example is a tumor developing alongside with the tissue.
Another situation that makes insurance coverage possible is that gynecomastia comes with extreme pain and discomfort.
Meanwhile, health insurance issuers rarely recognize psychological and emotional benefits as valid reasons for coverage. Simply put, the patient must provide sufficient evidence that his condition poses a serious medical condition.
Because most patients seeking for male breast reduction do not qualify for insurance coverage, they must be in good financial position prior to the operation. The consensus is to have available funds at least twice the actual cost of the surgery as a way to prepare for “unexpected” events like a longer than usual recovery and the need for some type of revision.
In Beverly Hills plastic surgery, the average male breast reduction surgery cost involving excision-based techniques (i.e., removing the excess glandular tissue and possibly some skin and fat) is between $5,000 and $7,000.
For liposuction-alone surgery, which is only reserved for patients with a condition called fake or pseudo gynecomastia, the average cost is between $3,000 and $5,000.
But sometimes, the excess fat extends far into the armpit area, which of course also requires this treatment to achieve smooth results, thus increasing the cost.
Pseudo gynecomastia means the underlying problem is the excess fat. However, the vast majority of male breast enlargements are caused by too much tissue, which is typically removed by creating a U-shaped incision precisely at the lower border of the areola.
While it may be tempting to choose a surgeon offering the lowest price, it is important to note that using this as a benchmark could preclude one from selecting a qualified doctor.
Qualified doctors, i.e., board-certified plastic surgeons who perform the surgery on a regular basis, will not lower the price too drastically because of the cost involving accredited surgical facility and anesthesiologist (and other licensed professionals and staff).
A surgery that is priced way too low can be interpreted as a sign of desperation, i.e., to compensate for the surgeon’s lack of training and experience and attract “less” prudent patients. Also, this could be a sign that a doctor has compromised patient safety, such as performing the surgery at a non-accredited facility.
Facelift revision cost will vary depending on the amount of correction one needs. Also, revisions do not always deal with botched results due to technical errors during surgery; occasionally, issues may arise because of poor healing and continuous aging.
Nonetheless, major revisions are rarely an issue when the surgery is performed by a board-certified facial plastic surgeon who conducts facelift and its ancillary procedures on a regular basis.
Due to differences in healing, some facelift patients may need minor revisions. Oftentimes, surgeons revise their own work for minimal fees, some even waive their professional fees, although they will still charge for the anesthesia and the operating room.
A good number of facelift revisions deal with improving the appearance of scars. It is important to note that the incision lines must curve around the ear’s contours and remain hidden behind the hairline. While scars generally fade and stay hidden, due to unexpected healing a few patients may have their scars slightly revised.
However, major revisions are almost always caused by poor surgical execution. For this reason, a prudent patient should select her plastic surgeon based on experience, training, and other relevant qualifications, as opposed to shopping around to get the cheapest bargain deals.
As of this writing, the average cost of facelift is $6,000-$7,000, although it could be more expensive when combined with other procedures such as fat transfer, eyelid surgery, etc.
When one charges way below the “standard price,” it is almost always a sign that patient safety has been compromised—i.e., the surgery is not performed at an accredited surgical facility, the anesthesia is not administered by a licensed anesthesiologist, etc.
Leading Los Angeles plastic surgery expert Dr. Tarick Smiley warns patients that “non-specialists” offering facelift has high “major” revision rate, while board certified plastic surgeons have very low complication rate, a “trend” which has been shown by several studies.
Facelift revision cost can be more expensive when it deals with major corrections—e.g., pleating along the jawline, overly tight mid face, “flattened” cheeks, and other types of facial distortion.
Occasionally, facelift revision could simply mean non-surgical touch-ups in the form of dermal fillers and Botox.
Standard fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm can address soft tissue shrinkage that causes hollowed eyes, deep tear trough, and gaunt cheeks. They typically cost between $600 and $800, depending on the injection sites.
The average cost of Botox, meanwhile, is $300-$500.
Liposuction and fat transfer cost is highly variable due to factors such as the donor and recipient site, amount of transferred fat, clinic location, professional/surgeon fee, among others.
While liposuction and fat transfer has many uses in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, its application is widely popular in Brazilian butt lift (i.e., buttock augmentation via fat injection) and facial rejuvenation surgery.
According to Realself.com, an online forum dedicated to popular plastic surgery procedures, the average cost of Brazilian butt lift is $6,550. Nonetheless, some patients may have to pay for a hefty price tag (as high as $14,000) if their surgeons cater to high-profile people or their clinic is located at a posh district.
But the truth is, the average cost of Brazilian butt lift may greatly vary even among patients treated by the same doctor because others may require just two liposuction areas, while some entail up to six “donor” sites.
To further shed light on the issue, one Brazilian butt lift patient treated by leading Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley paid about $6,000 for liposuction and fat transfer that involved collecting donor fats from the lower back, flanks, inner thighs, and bra rolls.
The vast majority of patients will need at least two liposuction sites to collect an adequate amount that will be injected into their backside. However, women on the thinner side may need more donor sites to harvest enough volume to deliver the desired results.
But in facial rejuvenation via fat transfer, the volume of fat required is no more than a few teaspoons; hence, the viable donor sites are almost always not an issue.
A fat transfer involving the face—i.e., flat cheeks, laugh lines, and deep tear trough—can run as low as $3,500, or as high as $11,000. The hefty price tag almost always comes with simultaneous procedures such as facelift, neck lift, eyelid lift, or brow lift.
The upfront cost when fat transfer for facial rejuvenation is used instead of dermal fillers (Restylane and Juvederm) is higher, although in the long run the patient may actually save more because fat grafts that “survive” in the first 3-6 months are expected to be near permanent.
Traditional fillers, on the other hand, typically require 2-3 touch-ups every year.
Meanwhile, some doctors have also started offering fat transfer to replace breast implants; however, the amount of augmentation is rather limited, i.e., not more than a cup size.
Because of the rather marginal results from breast augmentation via fat transfer, many surgeons view it as just an ancillary procedure of breast implant or breast reconstructive surgery. Its primary use is to add more soft tissue coverage to hide implant rippling and minimize palpability.
There are several mommy makeover payment plans available for women seeking plastic surgery to reverse the effects of pregnancy such as drooping breasts and apron-like skin in the abdomen.
Despite the proliferation of mommy makeover payment plans, Los Angeles plastic surgeon Dr. Tarick Smiley says the patient must be realistic when it comes to the amount she can really afford without compromising her “financial health.”
With the growing popularity of plastic surgery, most medical credit cards today also cover its cost, with some of them even offering introductory zero percent interest rate for the first six months. If this is followed by a moderate rate increase, many surgeons agree that this would be a great “deal” under most circumstances.
But as with any financing option, some companies have been accused of doing misleading marketing ploys and “dishonest” lending practices, e.g., the interest was applied to the entire loan, as opposed to the remaining balance only, in the event of missed payment.
In addition, some cards have large penalties, as high as 30 percent in some cases, if the cardholder misses a payment.
Another good financial option is to tap one’s existing credit card, assuming that it provides a reasonable interest rate. However, the patient should realize that any large purchase, which mommy makeover surgery falls under such category, could tie up her credit line.
To avoid financial woes, Dr. Smiley advises his patients to choose medical or regular credit cards whose interest rate is not more than 10 percent, and to avoid making another large purchase.
Another option is to ask for “secured” personal loans from banks, which generally offer fixed interest rates, thereby the patient could easily assess her ability to pay on time. However, in the event that she is unable to pay on time, she may lose the property she has offered up as a collateral.
“Unsecured” personal loans, meanwhile, usually come with higher interest rates; however, these may vary depending on the borrower’s creditworthiness.
As of this writing, most plastic surgeons require full payment prior to surgery, although some offer payment plans that work within their patients’ budget. It is important to note that inability to make the payments could affect the relationship with the doctor, which is imprudent because follow-up visits are almost always necessary.
And lastly, cash savings can also be tapped to pay for one’s surgery. While this financing option does not come with interest rates and late payment fees, it remains ideal to maintain a balance that is at least six months’ worth of living expenses to anticipate “emergencies.”
As with any cosmetic surgery, the lower facelift cost greatly varies from patient to patient due to key variables such as the amount of correction needed, surgical maneuvers and adjunct procedures, surgeon’s fee, and clinic location.
In Los Angeles plastic surgery, most people can expect paying between $8,000 and $25,000. It is important to note that any prudent patient should focus on finding the most qualified surgeon, as opposed to looking for a great bargain.
Before-and-After Photos of a Patient Who Have Had Lower Facelift Surgery
While a surgeon who demands premium price does not automatically equate to better results, a doctor whose surgical cost is way too lower than the “average” could mean compromised patient safety (non-accredited facility, not properly trained staff, etc.) to help him make a profit.
Some experts warn that huge discounts offered by some “beauty” clinics are not actually a marketing maneuver, but could be interpreted as a sign of desperation to attract more clients. Highly qualified and reputable plastic surgeons, meanwhile, are still in demand even amidst economic downturn.
A good rule of thumb is to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon. Nowadays, there are several certifying bodies, although the “gold standard” is the American Board of Plastic Surgery since it is the only recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
But since plastic surgery encompasses different subspecialties and niche procedures, a prudent patient should choose a doctor who mostly performs facelift and its common adjunct procedures such as volumizers (dermal fillers and fat injection), brow lift, Botox, and eyelid lift.
Aside from the surgeon’s fee, another key variable that affects the lower facelift cost is the extensiveness of the procedure, and ultimately, the amount correction needed to achieve the desired results. It is important to note that no two facelifts are the same since every patient has unique anatomies and cosmetic goals.
For instance, a patient who needs a combination of surgical maneuvers—i.e., incision behind the ear to correct the jowl, chin liposuction, and platysma muscle repair for a smooth neck contour—should expect to pay more than someone who only needs a short-scar technique to eliminate the jowling appearance.
Financing mommy makeover surgery is one of the most common concerns of patients who want to reverse the effects of pregnancy. According to one survey its average cost is between $10,000 and $30,000; the highly variable price is due to several factors such as the number and type of surgeries, surgeon’s fee, and geographical location.
While mommy makeover surgery is a customized combination of plastic surgery aiming to reverse the effects of pregnancy, the vast majority of patients ask for tummy tuck to reshape their abdominal area and some type of breast enhancement (e.g., breast lift, augmentation, or reduction).
The aforementioned procedures are all considered as an elective, cosmetic plastic surgery and are not covered by health insurance.
While there are several financing options nowadays, most doctors recommend their patients to achieve a decent level of financial stability prior to any elective procedure. The consensus is to have available funds at least twice the amount of the surgery’s actual cost to anticipate longer-than-normal recovery, more time off from work, and possible hospitalization and medical care in the event of complication.
One popular financing option is medical credit card, which is limited to healthcare services such as plastic surgery, dermatology, wellness needs, and dental works. To some extent, this credit line is better than ordinary “plastic money” because it precludes binge shopping and unnecessary purchases.
Medical credit cards often have online tools that allow patients to search for doctors or clinics that are part of their financing option. Many also have online payment calculator to help people assess their ability, or lack thereof, to pay for their plastic surgery.
It is important to note that while many lenders allow minimum monthly payments, doing so will not let people to pay off the balance by the end of their promotional period (e.g., zero introductory rate for 12-18 years), according to Inland Empire plastic surgery experts.
Some plastic surgeons also offer an in-office financing, which can be a viable option if it involves an easy monthly payment plan.
Another possible financing mommy makeover surgery option is home equity loan in which the interest is based on current mortgage rates. While this is an accessible line of credit for homeowners, it could result in financial troubles should the interest rates unexpectedly increased.