How much does Male Breast Reduction Surgery cost?

Wed 29th May 2024

Gynaecomastia is a condition in which male breast tissue becomes enlarged. This can range from minor swelling just beneath the nipple, to more feminine-looking breasts. It’s essential to know that Gynaecomastia is generally harmless and can often occur during puberty in healthy males. In most cases, this condition resolves on its own. However, adult Gynaecomastia can affect a small proportion of men and has various causes, including hormonal imbalances, obesity, steroid use, endocrine disorders and a side effect of certain medications.

Like any surgical procedure, Gynaecomastia Surgery comes with associated costs that can vary based on several factors. In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the important elements surrounding these factors.

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What Is Male Breast Reduction Surgery (Gynaecomastia)? 

Male Breast Reduction Surgery is a procedure designed to reduce the size of  enlarged or overdeveloped breasts in men. This condition can occur due to several  factors, such as genetics, obesity, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, or  underlying medical conditions.

Whilst Gynaecomastia is something that can be lived with, it can be a source of intense  physical and mental discomfort. This could include pain, tenderness, recurrent infections,  skin irritation, and hygiene issues.

During Male Breast Reduction Surgery, excess glandular tissue, fat, and if necessary skin are removed from the breasts. The specific technique used during the procedure will vary depending on the severity of Gynaecomastia, type of tissue, patient’s anatomy, aesthetic goals, and  preferences. The commonest approach involves a single scar along the lower areolar border. This typically heals extremely well. These incisions provide access to the underlying tissue. Dr Dona then surgically removes the excess glandular tissue and fat. The primary aim is to create a chest with a flatter and more masculine appearance. In instances where there is a noticeable excess skin, additional incisions beyond the areolar border might be required to remove the extra skin to achieve an optimal outcome.

Initial Consultation 

During the initial consultation, Dr Dona will conduct a thorough assessment to evaluate the  patient’s concerns, medical history, and treatment goals. The patient’s medical history will  first be reviewed to identify risk factors that can affect the outcome of the procedure. Dr  Dona will then perform a comprehensive physical examination to assess the extent of  Gynaecomastia, the amount of glandular tissue and excess skin present, and the overall  chest contour. He will also discuss the patient’s aesthetic goals and expectations.

Based on this information, Dr Dona will determine the most appropriate treatment  approach and surgical technique for addressing the patient’s specific concerns. He will  then create a customised treatment plan.

How much does Gynaecomastia Surgery Cost? 

The costs associated with the surgery may vary depending on the following factors:

  • Additional Costs: Patients may encounter additional expenses for consultation appointments, pre-treatment assessments, or post-surgery follow-up treatments designed to optimise your surgical outcome. These may also include the cost of medications and surgical garments.
  • Additional Procedures: Patients undergoing Male Breast Reduction Surgery may choose to combine the procedure with other treatments or surgeries to  address a broader area of the body. The more procedures performed, the higher the  overall cost.
  • Anaesthesia: The anaesthetic required for your procedure is always provided by a specialist anaesthetic doctor. The Anaesthetist administers your anaesthetic, monitors your wellbeing throughout the procedure, and manages your post-operative analgesia (medication requirements).
  • Hospital Fees: Male Breast Reduction is performed in Private Hospitals which contribute a significant portion of your overall fee. However, if you have private health insurance, depending on the level of cover your health fund may cover your hospital fees.
  • Surgical Fees: Factors including the location and amenities of the surgical facility, as well as the specific surgical technique to remove the excess tissue, can change the  overall cost. The surgery may use liposuction alone, and / or excision of glandular   Severe cases can also sometimes require extensive removal, which may  increase the cost in comparison to milder cases.


Does Private Health Insurance or Medicare Cover Male Breast Reduction Surgery? 

Private health insurance may cover a portion of the cost of Male Breast  Reduction Surgery if it is deemed medically necessary to alleviate physical discomfort or  functional impairment caused by Gynaecomastia.

It is important to keep in mind that patients considering Male Breast Reduction Surgery  should contact their insurance provider directly to inquire about coverage eligibility. This  also allows them patients to know more about their requirements as well as any out-of pocket expenses they may incur.

For more information regarding Male Breast Reduction Surgery, or to request a  consultation with Dr Dona, please contact us using the form below this article.

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