I'm 26, 5ft 9, 167lbs. Is male breast reduction risky, and how much would it cost? (Photo)

My problem started when I was 15 year i uesd to be 105 kg and I decided to be healthy and a athelest, since then I played sport football (soccer) , gym almost 4 times a week for past 6 years and my body turn out to be great from all the angules except from the breast side i look so ugly and the fats on it did not go. I have two questions i need a clear answer for it: 1- how risky is the surgery for the brest. 2- how much would it cost in USD ( estimation).

Doctor Answers 5

Reducing Breast Size in Men & the Risks Involved

According to official statistics, 36% of adult young men and 57% of older #adult men in the United States have this medical condition in one of the four grades.
About 200,000 to 3 million cases of #gynecomastia are being reported every single year. So if you have #breast #enlargement and you feel you're an exception, please understand that 1 in 3 young adult #men and 1 in 2 older adult men are just like you and have breast enlargement.
There are three types of surgical treatment options available that treat gynecomastia. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will recommend the type best suited for you. The most important decision to be made before performing any surgical procedure is determining whether you are an ideal candidate. Weight, and more specifically body mass index (BMI), need to be considered when deciding. For instance, studies have shown that patients with BMI > 30kg/m sq (placing them in the obese category) have a higher complication rate. Therefore, it is important for patients to be as close as possible to their normal body weight prior to surgery.
 Not only will this decrease risks of complications, but will also enhance the aesthetic results. Further, normal body weight is different from one patient to another.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 109 reviews

Gynecomastia Safety and Cost

Gynecomastia Surgery is a safe procedure with few complications in healthy non smoking men. 
For more information about gynecomastia see the below link and video link.
  • Gynecomastia reduction cost factors vary significantly for a number of good reasons: Prices vary greatly because the surgery itself encompasses a wide range of techniques that can be performed to different extents. My recommendation is to first find the most qualified surgeons where you want the surgery performed that are board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery you trust, then compare prices between them. See the below link on suggestions on how to find the most qualified plastic surgeon for your procedure. General Factors that influence the price of plastic surgery include:

  • 1. Location - Will it be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay, an independent out- patient facility or a doctor’s office? Geographical location also has a significant influence. RealSelf has average charges for most areas of the USA and Canada.

  • 2. Type of Anesthesia - local, IV sedation or General Anesthesia? Will a board certified anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, or an RN be used?

    3. Experience and training of your surgeon. The best and longest trained is most often a plastic surgeon board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

    4. Length and Complexity of Surgery - how difficult will your surgery be and how long it will take, etc. Will other complementary procedures such as lipo also be also performed during the same surgery?

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 154 reviews

Gynecomastia Surgery

Correction of gynecomastia is a predictable and safe method to address your problem. The surgical correction requires removal of the glandular and fatty components of your breast.

Jay M. Pensler, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Gynecomastia surgery safety and cost

From your description and photos it appears that you are a good candidate for surgery. The surgery with liposuction and direct gland excision is no greater risk then other cosmetic procedures with each surgery having its own particular risks. 
I charge $5000 for the procedure that is with all fees included.

Good luck


given your age height and weight I would consider you very average for the type of patient we see. there is no reason to think you would not get a perfectly good result.  the entire procedure can be done through a tiny incision in the armpit.Yes there are risks such as infection or fluid collections but they are extremely low with this type of procedure. Have yourself a good sit-down conversation with a local board certified plastic surgeon that does this operation on a routine basis and I think you'll be pretty happy with the outcome.

Sherwood Baxt, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
3.8 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

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