The Procedure - Gynecomastia Corrective Surgery

Gynecomastia can be corrected through a simple surgery that removes a man’s excess breast tissue. The condition primarily involves glandular tissue, which is thicker and more rubbery than fatty tissue. Direct excision is the most common treatment method, though it may also be paired with traditional or ultrasonic liposuction in some patients.

The gynecomastia correction process is achieved in four simple steps::

  1. Diagnosis – Because gynecomastia is so often the result of an underlying problem, patients will need to begin treatment for other conditions if necessary. This can have an effect on when the gynecomastia surgery takes place.
  2. Finding the right procedure – All gynecomastia surgery is customized to meet the patients’ unique needs. Once the underlying issues have been addressed, the surgeon will examine factors such as tissue texture, density and nipple placement to determine the best approach.
  3. Medical clearance – Patients are required to undergo blood work and other health evaluations to determine whether or not they are capable of going through surgery involving anesthesia.
  4. Recovery – Every patient’s healing process is different, and time off work will have to be taken into consideration. The surgeon will provide detailed instructions for aftercare based on their patients’ individual needs.

For more information on what the procedure entails, read below for a detailed list of steps taken during the surgery:

  1. Patient undergoes anesthesia or sedation.
  2. Excess fat is liposuctioned out of the breasts using a hollow tube known as a “cannula,” which loosens the tissue and removes it with gentle vacuuming.
  3. When applicable, usually when excess skin or glandular tissue is present, an excision is made to help remove fat otherwise inaccessible or unsusceptible to liposuction.
  4. Nipples will be reduced, reshaped and repositioned for more natural-looking results. This step normally accompanies excision and is not necessary in all cases.

For gynecomastia surgery, or any other type of plastic or cosmetic surgery, be sure to seek out a consultation with Dr. Livingston.

Expected Cost and Insurance

Insurance companies will not cover gynecomastia surgery, it is considered a cosmetic surgery. However, Dr. Livingston offers numerous financing options to help men who want to look and feel their best. Anyone who meets the criteria and believes that gynecomastia correction can greatly improve his quality of life should have access to the procedure. Please explore the following financing opportunities accepted by Livingston Plastic Surgery:

The final cost for the procedure depends on a number of factors. When you attend the consultation, Dr. Livingston will go over all of the fees and you can decide if gynecomastia surgery is the right choice for you and your budget.


As with all surgeries, some circumstances may increase your risk for complications:

  • Age
  • Steroid use
  • Drug use
  • Liver, thyroid or kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure

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