Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction in Jupiter, FL
Many male residents of Vero Beach, Wellington, and Palm Beach County may feel very self-conscious about their appearance with over developed breast tissue. Board-certified plastic surgeon Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, Florida, understands how concerning and difficult this condition can be and he performs safe, discreet gynecomastia surgery.
As a medical issue affecting approximately 40 to 60 percent of men, gynecomastia is a common condition that can be embarrassing for men and is therefore rarely discussed. A hormonal imbalance and the use of some types of drugs can cause gynecomastia, but the root cause is often unknown.
Many different types of treatment are available for gynecomastia, with surgery being the most effective solution for chronic cases and for someone looking for an immediate improvement in their appearance. A breast reduction surgery can remove excess fat and breast tissue to result in a firm, well-defined chest.
There are many factors to consider including the procedure itself, the expected recovery time and the results you can expect to enjoy following the surgery. There may be limitations following your surgery that should be considered as well. Although we can provide you with general information about typical procedures and outcomes for gynecomastia surgery, it is important to remember that each person is different, and every procedure and situation is unique. If you have any concerns or questions about this procedure, please feel free to contact Dr. Koger for more information.
Planning Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynecomastia
Your initial consultation appointment with Dr. Koger is very important to determine the best course of treatment. Dr. Koger will perform a physical examination and will collect information about your physical health and your treatment needs. He will need to review your prior medical history, so please ensure that we have a copy of your medical records. Establishing the potential cause of your gynecomastia is extremely important in determining the optimum treatment.
During your initial consultation, we encourage you to ask Dr. Koger questions or voice any concerns about gynecomastia surgery. He is happy to answer all your questions about the surgery, the cost of treatment and your expected recovery time.
Because there are a wide variety of differences in insurance coverage, it is impossible to know if your health insurance will cover the cost of gynecomastia treatment and surgery. We encourage you to contact your insurance provider to obtain details about your coverage for this type of procedure. We recommend that you obtain a pre-authorization for surgery and that you request information about pre-authorization and your coverage in writing to avoid confusion or issues with your coverage.
Preparing for Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynecomastia
As you prepare for your surgery, Dr. Koger will give you a list of detailed instructions. The list will include a guide for what you can eat and drink and may include a list of vitamins or medications that you will be expected to take or discontinue. If you smoke, you will need to stop at least one or two weeks prior to your scheduled surgery, and you will not be able to smoke during your recovery. Smoking reduces your circulation and can delay your healing. It is important that you listen carefully to Dr. Koger’s recommendations and comply with his requests for your care.
Types of Anesthesia
Your individual case will dictate the type of anesthesia we use for your surgical procedure. Gynecomastia surgery can often be performed with a combination of local anesthesia and sedatives. Patient may receive general anesthesia in some cases, where the patient will be unconscious during the surgical procedure. Dr. Koger will discuss your options with you and recommend the method that is the best choice for your individual case.
Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynecomastia
Enlarged breasts are typically caused by the presence of an excess of glandular tissue. Dr. Koger may use both liposuction and tissue excision to perform gynecomastia surgery. He may choose to make incisions under the arm or at the edge of the areola. These locations allow access for the surgical procedure but will keep scarring to a minimum.
In some situations, there may be a significant amount of tissue and fat that needs to be removed. If the skin cannot adjust to the smaller size and shape of the breasts, Dr. Koger may make the choice to remove some of the excess skin.
After Your Male Breast Reduction Surgery for Gynecomastia
Depending on the type of procedure the patient has, there will be some minor discomfort during the recovery period. Dr. Koger can recommend and prescribe medication to help keep you comfortable.
As a moderately non-invasive surgery, you will be able to do some physical activity right away. Walking will be possible immediately following your surgery. You should be able to return to work after a few days. Dr. Koger may recommend that you avoid intense exercise and other strenuous physical activities for up to two weeks following your surgery.
How Much Does Male Breast Reduction for Gynecomastia Cost?
Breast reduction for male gynecomastia is considered to be an elective cosmetic surgery, so many insurance providers will not offer coverage for treatment. To assist you with paying for your surgery, Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa in Jupiter, Florida, offers financing options with CareCredit®. Additionally, we accept cash, checks and credit cards.
Your New Look
Many men who undergo gynecomastia surgery for breast tissue reduction enjoy increased confidence in their appearance. With a realistic perspective about the outcome, you will be very pleased with the end result.
Gynecomastia can be surgically addressed so you can feel normal and be self-confident about yourself. Board-certified plastic surgeon, Kim Edward Koger, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Koger Cosmetic Clinic and Medspa serves patients from Wellington, Vero Beach and other areas of Palm Beach County at his Jupiter, Florida clinic. Please contact us today for more information.