Gynecomastia specialists’ see too often the cases of male breast reduction done by less experienced surgeons. Many gynecomastia revision cases are necessary because the primary surgeon removed too much fat and tissue leaving a “crater deformity,” or in some cases, not removing enough tissue. A large percentage of revision cases are due to liposuction alone being performed, and there is breast tissue left behind.
Just because a doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) or the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) doesn’t mean that is the right surgeon for your procedure. There are hundreds of plastic surgery procedures; no surgeon can “master” all of them.
So what makes a gynecomastia “specialist?” In searching for your surgeon, it is important to do your homework. Things to look for in your surgeon are:
• How many years has the surgeon been performing male breast reduction surgery?
• How many cases does the surgeon do in a year? It should be in the hundreds.
• There should be available an extensive photo gallery of before and after surgery.
Gynecomastia surgery is very complex; each patient needs to have a surgery plan based on their unique case. For example, bodybuilders do not need removal of excess fat or skin. However, they can be at a higher risk for bleeding due to an increase in blood flow in the chest muscles that are highly developed.
Beware of advertised discounts and specials on surgery fees. Specialists have devoted many years to perfecting their skills. Specialists are in high demand; they do not need to “reduce” their fees to attract new patients. Unless they should get an unavoidable cancellation, you may find that you have to wait a few months to get on their surgery schedule. But it will be worth the wait, avoid the possibility of gynecomastia revision surgery which will compromise your results and add additional fees. Remember you get what you pay for.