There was an interesting discussion on gynecomastia.org early this month. A man with gynecomastia, not a New York or California resident, apparently, asked those of us who support the site to “cough up” names of our “competitors.” He expressed frustration in trying to find gynecomastia experts close to home without help from plastic surgeons who specialize in male breast reduction. He suspected we might not want to lose business by suggesting another gynecomastia specialist, an understandable assumption.
The fact is, although we could offer general input about finding a qualified plastic surgeon, none of us could fulfill the request for specific names. Here’s why.
The leading factor is that there are actually very few plastic surgeons across the nation, and even around the world, who specialize in male breast reduction. The procedure is very popular with men, in fact it’s the fourth leading cosmetic operation for males young and old. But because women still outnumber men in seeking plastic surgery, male breast reduction doesn’t make the overall top 10 cosmetic surgery list, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Therefore, we’ve observed that many plastic surgeons who treat lots of moobs have a personal interest in gynecomastia. In our case, we got started by filling an obvious unmet need 30 years ago, and our patient base grew tremendously – along with our expertise – through referrals. Another plastic surgeon who supports gynecomastia.org is a body builder and works with many clients with similar interests.
The second factor is that we’re not that much ahead of a good researcher when it comes to knowing “who’s who” in gynecomastia surgery. As one of our colleagues pointed out, there are no special associations or meetings for gynecomastia surgeons. We all attend national plastic surgery meetings, but so many topics are covered in the educational sessions at these events that gynecomastia is not often a focus.
With that said, if you’re determined to find a gynecomastia specialist, not just a cosmetic surgeon who has male breast reduction on the menu, what should you do? Here are a couple of suggestions.
Finally, there’s one thing experienced gynecomastia surgeons agree on: the condition presents itself in a variety of ways. For this reason, one of the most important ways to ensure a good outcome is to find a board certified plastic surgeon who customizes his or her approach to each patient. Steer clear of any candidates who tell you they have a formula that works across the board.
Congratulations for being so diligent in finding the right male breast reduction surgeon. Extra effort will pay off in the long run. If you’d like to consult us in New York about gynecomastia,
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