Male breast reduction cost differs from patient to patient due to certain variables such as the surgical technique, operative time, location, adjunct procedure if there is any, surgeon’s fee, and amount of correction needed.
As of this writing, the price range is typically between $5,000 and $10,000.
However, a small percentage of patients may benefit from liposuction-alone surgery as a way to reduce their breast size. This minimally invasive approach typically ranges from $3,000-$5,000.
Despite the lower cost, liposuction is not suitable for patients with “real” gynectomastia or male breast enlargement wherein the culprit is the excess glandular tissue. For these men, direct skin excisions are always needed to achieve good results.
Liposuction surgery, meanwhile, is only suitable for men with pseudo or “fake” gynecomastia that is caused by the excess fat, which is removed through tiny round incisions that heal and fade into imperceptible scars.
Occasionally, an excision-based male breast reduction is combined with liposuction to achieve a more natural contour, although the adjunct procedure means additional fees.
For a small number of patients, health insurance coverage for male breast reduction is possible, although the requirements are increasingly becoming more stringent. In fact, policyholders who cite psychological effects such as poor body image as their reason for seeking surgery are generally turned down.
Nowadays, insurance companies will only cover male breast reduction surgery if the abnormal growth of tissue poses serious health problems, such as an aggressive tumor that is developing along with the breast tissue.
Simply put, extensive laboratory tests and specialists’ recommendations must prove that the surgery is a necessity rather than a “luxury.”
Despite the challenges of getting pre-approval from insurance companies, patients have other financing options like regular and medical credit cards, bank loans, home equity loans, and doctor payment plans.
A growing number of plastic surgery patients are tapping into medical credit cards to finance their procedure due to their attractive zero percent promotions. Others have reasonable payment plans and interest rates, although some have also been accused of predatory practices.
A doctor payment plan is another good option, especially when it has been customized based on what will work for each patient. However, most plastic surgeons will still require full payment prior to surgery.
While it is okay to be price conscious when making large purchases, the cost should not be the determining factor when selecting a surgeon, but instead his skills and experience.