During 2016, 27,760 men underwent breast-reduction surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That marked a 36 percent increase since 2000. Some plastic surgeons say they have seen as much as a doubling or tripling of business over the past three years, despite the fairly hefty fees they charge — $4,500 to $8,000, costs that are generally not covered by health insurance.
For gynecomastia sufferers who can’t be helped by a change in a drug prescription, diet or exercise, breast surgery has become a more attractive alternative. Because improved technology allows patients to forgo general anesthesia, the surgery in most cases can be performed on an outpatient basis and the recovery time has been slashed considerably so that men can get back to work within a day or two.
“Why some men are asking for breast-reduction surgery,” Washington Post, 28 January 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/why-some-men-are-asking-for-breast-reduction-surgery/2018/01/26/5f81c142-fd39-11e7-8f66-2df0b94bb98a_story.html?utm_term=.6b72c633d691