Becoming a Gynecomastia Specialist
One of the most interesting questions we’ve ever fielded on gynecomastia.org was from a medical student. The student wondered how plastic surgeons decide to give the procedure a focus in their practices and asked for input on how to become a specialist.
Are these valid questions patients could ask when evaluating prospective cosmetic surgeons? We think so. As you might have gathered from reading through some of our blog posts, we feel that the single most important factor in patient satisfaction with gynecomastia surgery is careful surgeon selection. Questions like those we answered on gynecomastia.org can help guys ensure they’ve found the perfect fit.
Choosing Gynecomastia as a Specialty
We’re always pleased when our New York man boob patients ask about our focus on gynecomastia, and we’re happy to tell them we have first hand experience with the condition! Our colleagues on gynecomastia.org also have reasons to be interested. For instance, one is a bodybuilder himself and treats many guys who have developed bitch tits courtesy of steroids.
Even if your prospective plastic surgeon is simply fascinated by the causes and treatment of gynecomastia, you should see their face light up when you ask about their journey to become a specialist. It seems that many gynecomastia specialists just feel drawn to help men and boys with this troublesome condition.
Developing Gynecomastia Expertise
Beginning more than thirty years ago, our route toward developing unique expertise in man boob surgery involved both personal experience and a technical challenge. At the time, the procedure was not very common. We witnessed surgeries that were essentially bloody, three-hour mastectomies performed on men. The results included irregular contours, lengthy scars under the breasts, drains and an extensive healing process. We believed patients deserved better.
As we began to practice man boob surgery in New York, the operation had improved somewhat. Incisions were normally made around the areola and scarring was minimized. But surgery continued to be long and natural looking contours weren’t always the result. We still wanted to find a better way.
When liposuction was introduced in the early 80’s, cosmetic surgeons were able to remove both breast gland and fat in a shorter procedure, but incisions were still required at the edge of the areola to get the gland out. At this point, we felt that improving the cannula was key to making a big step forward. We designed our own instruments that enable us to perform three vital surgical steps:
— Removing and resculpting fat gently
— Excising small to moderate amounts of breast gland
— Loosening skin for re-draping over smooth contours
Today, many of our New York man boob patients need just tiny nicks in their chest near the armpit; our instruments can do the job through those small incisions that heal to be nearly invisible. The operation goes quickly, involves much less bleeding than in the past and rarely requires drains. Even when we work on guys with more extreme cases, our instruments (and our experience) help us operate efficiently.
Today’s Gynecomastia Specialist
Given that we started focusing on gynecomastia so long ago, we had to teach ourselves how to create the outcomes that men and boys crave. Thousands of patients later, we can say in all honesty that the journey has been incredibly rewarding.
Today’s plastic surgeon has more options in his or her quest to specialize in man boob surgery, but not as many as you might think. Certainly they can operate on gynecomastia patients alongside their mentors in residency. But we know of no “gynecomastia seminars” available, even though we have offered to teach. And we’re not aware of any fellowship programs either.
So, if your plastic surgeon is a gynecomastia specialist, it’s because they have a special interest and have formulated their own path to success. It’s worth asking about.
Send us your questions and comments any time.