Q: I am the parent of a son who is suffering terribly. He is developing breasts like a woman. This started when he was fifteen years old and he will now turn twenty next month. The doctor said that it is Gynecomastia and that he will require surgery to correct it. Although he is not in any danger medically, this is a source of embarrassment for him as it shows no sign of going away and he is not happy with it. We would like to know what it will cost for the surgery.
A: Gynecomastia is extremely emotionally disturbing for many young teenagers and men that are afflicted with it. This has become particularly so in our current youth culture in which the very flat chest is exemplified in many ads aimed right at teenagers. (e.g., Abercrombie Fitch) Given the obesity and overweight issues that now exist in the young American population, gynecomastia problems and young males seeking treatment exist now like never before.
The cost of gynecomastia reduction surgery is in direct correlation to its size and the type of surgery needed to correct it. Smaller gynecomastias may be removed with liposuction only or simple areolar excisions. Larger gynecomastias require both excision of skin and breast tissue as well as liposuction. Without seeing pictures of the gynecomastia problem, it is impossible to give an accurate fee for the surgery. Generally, the will be somewhere between $5,000 to $8,000, which includes the associated costs of operating room and anesthesia expenses.
Dr. Barry Eppley