If you’re a guy who’s focused on getting man boob surgery done right, you’re going to need to exercise some critical thinking. As you look for a full cost breakdown for gynecomastia surgery, it’s important to understand exactly what’s involved in each element of the price tag. You may already know to ask whether anesthesia and the cost of the facility are included in your quote, but what are you actually getting?
Anesthesia is one aspect of the procedure we urge patients not to skimp on. When the cost is low, you may be facing local anesthesia administered by the surgeon. This is a mistake. Many doctors simply do not have the skills to block pain completely, and even if they do a good job, local pain control doesn’t adequately mask the discomfort of vigorous liposuction motion and tissue excision. Guys often end up squirming on the operating table, and there’s no anesthesiologist in the room to help both patient and surgeon.
In contrast, our patients are cared for by a surgical team that includes an M.D. anesthesiologist present for the entire operation. Their job is to monitor your safety and comfort every minute, keeping you gently but completely asleep while we do our very best work, then ensuring you wake easily with no “hangover.” This is not the way to achieve the lowest cost, but it is the way to ensure safety and optimal outcomes.
The cost of the operating room is generally included in any quote you receive for gyno surgery, but what is the facility like? In the very best case, it’s fully accredited by the Joint Commission, the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities, or another independent body. This certification assures you that your case will be handled in a room with up to the minute technology, the highest standards of cleanliness, the utmost in staff credentials, and regular patient safety reporting. This commitment to the operating environment costs more than a simple suite in a doctor’s office.
When it comes to the cost of gyno surgery, a critical question to ask yourself is: what’s the value of ensuring the best possibility for the great results you’re seeking? The fact is, plastic surgeons with very high levels of gynecomastia expertise just do not exist in every town, or even every state. And, they generally don’t offer the cheapest prices.
Here’s why. It takes years to build experience with man boobs. It’s not the most frequently performed cosmetic procedure—not by a long shot. First, a plastic surgeon needs to have
special interest in pursuing the skills necessary, then they must gradually build a reputation for great work, an authoritative presence online (such as on gynecomastia.org), and a steady stream of referral patients including guys who travel from other countries.
You should find evidence of this kind of background readily. In our case, we can tell you honestly that our count of gynecomastia surgeries over 35+ years is more than 5,000. We can show you hundreds of before and after man boob photos, from instances of small puffy nipples to huge, pendulous breasts. We can arrange for you to speak with former patients. We will be pleased to show you the instruments we designed and patented specifically to operate on man boobs with minimal scars and the least tissue trauma possible. All of this background is included in our fee, and no, we don’t offer the cheapest gyno surgery you can find, (nor the most expensive).
Finally, one of the more intangible aspects of man boob surgery in any practice you consider is the philosophy of care. We believe it’s important to get a feel for this. One way to evaluate the way you’ll be treated is to find out how much contact you’ll have with the surgeon. Will he or she consult with you, or will you see someone else to discuss the procedure? Will your doctor be available to you online or on the phone before and after your surgery? Will you have aftercare for a year? If you and your surgeon agree that scar treatment or minor revision is needed, will that procedure be included too?
Cosmetic surgery practices can save money if they interact with their patients less often, and do it with lower level staff as much as possible. When it comes to your body and your health, this probably isn’t what you want.
Getting man boob surgery done right means avoiding the possibility you’ll need a complete do-over. Some patients elect a low-cost route and get lucky; many aren’t so fortunate. Not only will it cost more if this should happen to you, there’s a chance your results won’t be as good as they could have been with just one operation.
If you feel undecided about what path to take, why not schedule a consultation in our offices or a video call with us? We would be happy to meet you and discuss a strategy—the final choice is yours.
Reach out to Dr. Jacobs today to schedule your consultation!