How To Choose A Gynecomastia Surgeon
If you have real gynecomastia (enlarged gland) as oppose to pseudo-gynecomastia then surgery is usually your only option.
Just so I know that you know the difference . . pseudo-gynecomastia is just chest fat and will mean that your man boobs are soft and squishy whereas real gynecomastia will have a harder feel and a ball like feel around and behind the nipple.
If you just have chest fat then definately don’t look at surgery as it will cost you thousands of dollars and could leave you with ugly scars. You can 100% lose your man boobs naturally without surgery. Just follow the directions on this site.
For real gynecomastia sufferers lets look at how to go about choosing a surgeon.
1) Are They Board Certified?
Is the gynecomastia surgeon Board Certified in Plastic Surgery or just a general surgeon? Any general surgeon might have “some” training in certain areas of plastic surgery but Board Certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery takes years of education, training and examinations.
There are other “boards” too but it is this one that you should look. This is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
2) Are They A Member Of Any Organizations?
Not just any organizations, find out what it takes to become a member. Some will accept surgeons for more or less any reason, just like a group, where others will have strict standards.
Two of the more prestigeous are:
Also check for any malpractice claims or bad reviews using Google and also checking: Doctor’s Disciplinary Information Search
3) Have They Won Any Prestigeous Awards?
There are lots of different awards available but not all will be difficult to obtain. Look for awards that can only be awarded from their peers or other well known industry professionals.
Also find out what the criteria was or is for gaining the award. Lastly look at how long ago the award was and if it is still current and if they have to meet any standards to continue to possess the award.
4) Training & Experience
Exactly how long has the surgeon been performing gynecomastia surgery and how many operations have they carried out? There are many variations of gynecomastia such as:
- Puffy Nipples
- Steroid Abuse
- Unilateral (one sided)
- Mastopexy (droopy man boobs)
- Gynecomastia Revision Surgery
Do they have a lot of experience in the area that applies to you?
Look at before and after photos of previous patients. A good surgeon should have a large collection of these. Just beware about the angles of the photos and any enhancing effects in the “after” shot.
If there are only a few images and all with different views then this should raise suspicion.
Look at before and after shots of the same patient from different angles (but the same shot in the before and after photo).
Do this for as many different patients as possible. There should be images of different patients taken from the same angle for close comparison. Try to compare different patients from the same angle but change the angle comparison too for a different comparison if that makes sense!
If possible look at any video footage for the most realistic before and after shot.
Also look at the contour and if there are any closeups of scars.
Try to speak to any past patients in forums or through the surgeons website.
Another thing worth noting is does the surgeon perform revision surgery and if so then is this generally on their own patients or correcting the work done by other surgeons. Look at any evidence and pictures.
5) Healing & Recovery
The recovery process is very important so look for any photos or evidence shortly after the surgery to see how the tissue looked and how it improved and recovered. Many before and after shots will only show you the long term “after”.
There are differing techniques used by gynecomastia surgeons and some cause more tissue damage than others. The more damage done by the operation, the more swelling and bruising.
The less damage, the less pain and the quicker you can get back to normal activities with a normal chest.
Again, look for any videos of past patients talking about the recovery and try to spot good and bad points.
When looking at cost, don’t just look at the price tag. Think about things like travel, any revision operations, recovery time, quality of operation etc. If it was me, to be honest, price would not be a cruicial factor at all. I’d want it to be a once in a lifetime procedure and to have the best looking chest possible!
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