Gynaecomastia

Many male patients suffer from what is normally bilateral and only rarely unilateral enlargement of the breast. This normally develops during puberty and is caused by enlargement of the breast tissue that is also present in men. In certain individuals it can be associated with excess weight. The breast grows as the underlying fatty tissue around the nipple and breast muscle increases. In very rare cases, hormonal imbalance may also be the cause of gynaecomastia.

The corrective procedure involves surgical removal of the breast tissue or a reduction in the layer of fatty deposits, depending on the individual patient. This may be achieved by liposuction or in extreme cases by a skin lift. The procedure is usually performed as outpatient surgery under regional or general anaesthetic. Insurance companies cover the costs only in cases of extreme breast formation. Where liposuction only is involved, partial cost cover will generally be rejected. However, we do recommend that you contact your insurance company in every instance.

Facts and figures

Operation

Operation

1 ½ hours, under general or regional anaesthetic

Operation

In/outpatient

Outpatient

Post-operative treatment

Post-operative treatment

Compression garment for about 4 weeks

Back to school or work

Back to school or work

After 1 to 2 weeks

Sport

Sport

Resume after 4 weeks

Ready to socialise

Ready to socialise

After 2 to 3 days

Costs

Costs

CHF 8,500 to CHF 10,000