As a triple board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon, John R. Barbour, MD, FACS, offers gynecomastia surgery for men in the Washington, DC area, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and surrounding communities in Virginia. Also known as male breast reduction, the procedure helps with enlarged breasts caused by gynecomastia.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia is a medical condition that causes enlargement of the breasts in adolescent boys and men. The condition is typically a short-term problem that develops in puberty, but some men have enlarged breasts into adulthood. Male breast reduction removes the excess fat and breast tissue to give the chest area a more masculine appearance.
What are the Benefits of Gynecomastia Surgery?
Men who have enlarged breasts due to gynecomastia often feel uncomfortable with their bodies, and they may be teased by friends and family. Male breast reduction offers these men many emotional benefits.
What is the Procedure for Male Breast Reduction?
Gynecomastia surgery is a type of breast reduction procedure. Dr. Barbour will choose an incision pattern that suits the anatomy and cosmetic needs of the individual. Some of the more common locations for the incisions are:
- Around the areola
- Along the natural crease under the breast
For more minor cases of breast enlargement in men, Dr. Barbour may perform the procedure using liposuction. This requires only small incisions. A thin, flexible tube is inserted through each incision and used to suction out excess fat.
What Should I Expect After Gynecomastia Surgery?
The chest area is wrapped in a compression bandage to help the tissues heal and reduce swelling. You will need to limit your activities for a period of time. Complete healing can take several weeks or months depending on the extent of the procedure.
Is the Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery Covered by Insurance?
Even though gynecomastia is a medical condition, medical insurance carriers consider male breast reduction cosmetic, and therefore, elective. The cost is not covered, so you will pay out-of-pocket. After your consultation with Dr. Barbour, we provide an estimated cost and explain our options for financing.
Men with enlarged breasts due to gynecomastia may want to consider male breast reduction surgery. Dr. Barbour offers gynecomastia surgery for men in the Washington, DC area, including Fairfax, Arlington, Alexandria and surrounding communities in Virginia. Contact Barbour Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation.