Cost Information :

Costs for this procedure vary, depending on the doctor, the location, technique used and the difficulty of the specific case. The national average of 1999 surgeon fees for breast reduction was $2,656 (Source: The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery). Regional averages: New England states: $3,417; mid-Atlantic states: $2,474; north central states: $5,196; south central states: $2,599; and mountain/Pacific states: $2,426. These fees do not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay and other related expenses. You should ask your surgeon if your needs are medically indicated, in which cast the costs may be covered by your medical insurance.

Are the desired results I described realistic?

Is there a non-surgical remedy that I should try first?

Where is the surgery performed? How long will the procedure take?

What kind of anesthesia is used?

How much does it cost?

All of this and more can be answered here: Breast Reduction Guide

What is your experience in performing this procedure? (How long has he/she performed this procedure, and how many he/she has performed in the past year?)

What percentage of patients have had significant complications? (The physician should disclose this information to you.)

Will you repeat or correct procedures if it does not meet agreed upon goals? And if the procedure must be repeated / corrected, will I be charged again? (The physician should provide you with his/her policy on this issue.)

May I see "before and after" photos of recent patients? The physician should provide many photos of recent patients.

May I have the names and contact information for several recent breast reduction patients? (Follow up to get first-hand information on the procedure and the surgeon.)

Could I observe the exact procedure I am considering before I decide to have the surgery? (Either on videotape or ask to view one in real life.)

Should I have blood drawn ahead of time in case I need a transfusion? (Breast reduction doesn't usually require a blood transfusion, but if large amount of breast tissue will be removed, the need for a transfusion is a possibility.)

What should I expect post-operatively, in terms of soreness, what to watch for, medication, bathing, and level of activity?

Who will be assisting during the surgery? What are their qualifications? (Does the plastic surgeon perform the entire surgery?)

Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked, suspended?

Do you offer patient financing?

Male breast reduction, or Gynecomastia, can improve the appearance of the chest in cases where diet and exercise have failed. The results of the procedure are significant and permanent. Most men who have had surgery for Gynecomastia have been very satisfied with the results.

During the consultation, you and your surgeon will discuss the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. Your surgeon will explain the different options available. He/she will discuss the procedure in detail, explain the risks and limitations, and explain the type of anesthesia that will be used.

The surgeon will then examine photographs of your chest for reference during surgery and afterwards. He/she may also require you to have a mammogram (breast x-ray).

Be sure to ask all the questions you have about the surgery, and ask to see photos of the doctor's recent patients, before and after surgery. Also ask for, and follow up on, patient references. Learning everything you can about your options, risks and benefits is the key to making an informed decision. See Questions to ask your doctor below.

Note: Some insurance companies will pay for breast reduction if it's considered medically necessary. However, be aware that they may have specific requirements such as a letter from your surgeon, a referral from your general practitioner, and/or photos or other documentation. Be sure to find out what your insurance company requires if you intend to use insurance to pay for this surgery.

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