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How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?

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Аrticle author
Anna Leonova

Medically reviewed by
Fahad Mawlood

Updated: 18.11.2021
Minutes to read: 9 minutes

Gynecomastia surgery is one of the most common male cosmetic operations globally — more than 250,000 procedures are performed every year in the world. The intervention is designed to decrease the breast size in men and sculpt the attractive chest.

Keep reading to learn about:

  • the male reduction costs globally
  • what the price includes
  • which clinics provide gynecomastia deals and discounts.

How Much Does Gynecomastia Surgery Cost on Average?

The average surgical cost for gynecomastia surgery is $4,239, according to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. According to Bookimed (a global marketplace for finding medical solutions), the average cost of gynecomastia is $3,450. 

However, the expense of surgery does not remain constant. The cost of the treatment might range from $670 to $11,600 depending on where you live. For example, the average price of gynecomastia in Turkey is $2,800, in Mexico — $3,100, in South Korea — $6,000, in Spain — $5,400, and in Ukraine — $2,800. The prices are given by the Bookimed partner clinics and may change depending on the internal pricing in each country.

Why Do the Prices by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Bookimed Differ? 

The cost of your gynecomastia surgery may fluctuate depending on a variety of things: clinic’s inner pricing, surgeon’s fee, and the country. The place where the surgery is performed — something that affects the gynecomastia costs the most. For instance, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows the average operation price only within the United States, while Bookimed represents the average cost of the surgery in 30+ countries worldwide.

What Is Gynecomastia Surgery?

Gynecomastia is an enlargement of one or two breasts in a man. In most cases this pathology causes a lot of complexes. A man whose breasts are more like a woman’s often experiences self-doubt, shame, and deep inner discomfort.

Male reduction surgery is the primary and most efficient treatment option for gynecomastia. There are two methods to perform gynecomastia operation:

  1. Surgical removal of the mammary gland tissue through an incision under the nipple-areola complex (in case of the glandular tissue enlargement).
  2. Removing excess fatty tissue through small punctures in the skin (in a case a man has excess fat deposits). 

Gynecomastia Expenses in Brief

COST

The average cost — $3,450 

The minimum cost — $680

The maximum charge — $11,500

COST FACTOR

  • method 
  • the fee of a plastic surgeon and anesthesiologist
  • clinic’s location
  • internal price policy in the country
  • equipment level in the facility.

COST ELEMENTS

  • consultation with a surgeon
  • the operation itself
  • in-hospital stay (if needed) 
  • anesthesia
  • compression garments
  • interpreter services. 

TYPES OF MALE REDUCTION AND THEIR COSTS

Traditional gynecomastia surgery — from $3,500 – $11,400

Male chest liposuction — $3,900 – $4,900.

PRICES IN THE USA

The average price — $4,239.

COST IN THE UK

The average price — $6,100 (£4,500).

AVERAGE EXPENSES WORLDWIDE

What Are the Price Influencing Factors?

According to the information provided by Bookimed partner clinics, the cost of surgical gynecomastia treatment is determined by such five factors:

1

One or two breasts must be operated — if it is required to reduce both breasts, the cost of the operation will be higher than in case one mammary gland is corrected.

2

Experience of a surgeon — recognized highly-skilled plastic surgeons may demand a higher fee than those who have not yet achieved credibility.

3

The fee of an anesthesiologist — the kind and amount of anesthetic used have a considerable influence on the outcome of the surgery and the patient’s well-being. That’s why a highly-skilled anesthesiologist will charge more.

4

Country — because each country has its own pricing structure, gynecomastia operation costs differ drastically worldwide.

5

Clinic — the reputation of a medical facility, the quality of used equipment, and the clinic’s internal pricing policy impact the final cost of gynecomastia surgical treatment.

What Is Included in the Gynecomastia Surgery Cost?

Medical centers indicate the man boob reduction surgery cost without taking into account expenditures for the preoperative and postoperative procedures. As a result, the gynecomastia surgery costs may be more than intended. That is why it is critical to understand all of the components that go into the ultimate price:

  • consultation with a doctor
  • the intervention itself
  • hospitalization (if required)
  • anesthesia
  • compression garments
  • translator (if needed). 

Additional expenses

A gynecomastia intervention includes a variety of pre-and postoperative examinations that are commonly charged separately. Among the additional fees are:

  • medical examinations
  • staying in a hotel for follow-ups 
  • clinic-airport-clinic transfers.

Some of these expenses, however, may be contained in the overall cost of your surgery. Consult your surgeon or Bookimed medical coordinator ahead to find out if these components will be included in your final bill.

Packages

Some clinics (mostly, Turkish ones) provide unique offers so-called packages that help patients to save money while receiving high-quality gynecomastia surgery. The packages contain not only the price for an operation but also all essential services and supplements. However, each clinic provides a distinct set of services included in the package. 

A gynecomastia surgery package commonly includes:

  • anesthesia
  • medical tests
  • drugs
  • compression garments
  • pre- and postoperative consultations (frequently online).

Remember that the packages are time-limited, so you should check their availability in each clinic before booking surgery.

What Is the Price of Gynecomastia Surgery in the United States of America?

Medical treatment standards in the United States are very high. American healthcare is regarded as among the best in the world. However, many Americans cannot afford to pay their medical bills if they do not have insurance. And cosmetic surgery is one of the few medical specializations that is not covered by insurance. As a result, the United States is often regarded as the most costly country in the world for plastic surgery and a gynecomastia operation as well. The average price of male reduction surgery in the USA is $4,239.

How Much Does Male Reduction Surgery Cost in the United Kingdom?

The Commonwealth Fund has ranked the United Kingdom’s healthcare system as the leading in the world in areas such as care process, and equity — the country’s healthcare industry is among the best in the world in terms of safety, efficacy, and patient orientation. According to the NHS, the operation cost ranges between £3,500 ($4,700) and £5,500 ($7,500).

What Is the Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery Around the World?

Male breast reduction surgery prices vary according to the country’s internal pricing. According to the Bookimed partner clinics data, plastic surgery in Turkey and Mexico is often recognized as the most affordable in the world. Ukraine and Poland offer the most reasonable prices among European states. The cost of the surgery in various countries is shown in the table below.

Bookimed partner clinics give the prices in the table for informational purposes. The cost may differ depending on the clinic’s internal pricing and the volatility of currency. Please specify the gynecomastia operation cost when booking the clinic.

Turkey

Mexico

South Korea

Ukraine

Poland

Spain

Gynecomastia surgeryfrom $1,200from $2,000from $2,500from $930from $1,200from $3,800

Where to Get Cheap Gynecomastia Surgery: Top 5 Places

Bookimed, #1 medical tourism platform in the world, has listed the top 5 countries to get a low-cost gynecomastia surgery for $1,800-$2,800 on average.

Best Doctors for Gynecomastia Surgery in the World

To choose a highly-skilled gynecomastia surgeon, you need to pay attention to:

  • surgeon’s experience
  • the number of procedures they performed
  • patient reviews
  • portfolio (before/after photos).

According to the Bookimed internal data, the best doctors for male reduction surgery practice in Turkey, Mexico, and Spain.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery?

Before making an appointment, check with your insurance provider to see if your plan covers cosmetic procedures. Male reduction operation is often not covered by health insurance, so be prepared to pay for the procedure out of your pocket. Contact the Bookimed medical coordinator to get a preliminary gynecomastia surgery cost without insurance estimated for your individual case.

How to Start Today with Bookimed?

If you want to have male breast surgery overseas, Bookimed can help you plan your medical vacation. Follow these seven steps to arrange your healthcare journey:

How Can Bookimed Help You?

  • The Bookimed medical coordinator can help you to find the most appropriate plastic surgeon and health facility among 760 clinics in over 30 countries.
  • The medical coordinators assist international patients and provide them with information about clinics and doctors.
  • The Bookimed medical coordinators support patients at every step of their medical trip — from the request submission to arrival at home after the treatment.

FAQs

Gynecomastia has a significant impact on the man’s self-esteem and quality of life. That’s why surgery may be a vital option. The operation is quick, causes minimal scarring, and the result after the surgery is permanent. In the issue, men adore how they look and start feeling confident.

The price of gynecomastia surgery depends on several factors: type of surgery (one or both breasts are operated on), country, clinic, and surgeon’s experience. The average price in the USA is $4,239, in Turkey — $2,800, in Mexico — $3,100. Therefore, check the cost of the operation in the country and the clinic you have chosen for treatment to calculate your expenses properly.

In general, gynecomastia surgery is relatively safe, and most patients recover quickly. However, the surgery can lead to some complications (bruising, bleeding, fluid collections, visible scars, etc.). During your consultation with a plastic surgeon, ask about possible complications and side effects that may occur during or after the male reduction operation.

Yes, gynecomastia can grow back after the surgery. However, such cases are rare. Usually, after a male reduction procedure, the results are permanent if patients keep themselves fit, maintain hormonal balance, and have no bad habits.

Citations

  1. ISAPS. (2019). ISAPS international survey on aesthetic/cosmetic procedures performed in 2019. https://www.isaps.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Global-Survey-2019.pdf
  2. ASPS. Gynecomastia Surgery. https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/gynecomastia-surgery/cost
  3. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. Gynecomastia Surgery Guide. https://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/procedure-learning-center/body/gynecomastia-surgery-guide/
  4. ASPS. (2019). What men need to know before having gynecomastia surgery? https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/blog/what-men-need-to-know-before-having-gynecomastia-surgery
  5. Wikipedia. (2021). Healthcare in the United Kingdom. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_the_United_Kingdom
  6. NHS. (2019). Breast reduction (male). https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/cosmetic-procedures/breast-reduction-male/