Finding a Local Gynecomastia Surgeon
In person, on the phone and online, we truly enjoy advising patients with gynecomastia. In New York, many choose to arrange consultations with us, to learn more about their condition and whether surgery might be the right choice. Some who don’t live near Manhattan ask us how they can locate a qualified gynecomastia surgeon in their area. Here’s what we tell them.
Look for a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
When searching for a local gynecomastia expert, your first move should be to visit the website of the American Board of Plastic Surgery to learn why board certification is such an important credential. Then, check out the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, whose members are all board certified, and locate plastic surgeons near you.
Visit the websites of all the plastic surgeons in your area to find out which ones offer male breast reduction. See if you can get a feel for those who specialize in the procedure as opposed to plastic surgeons who simply include it as part of their repertoire.
Evaluate Skills and Experience
Before and after gynecomastia photo galleries are good places to browse. These web pages can tell you two things: whether the results a prospective surgeon achieves appeal to you and how much emphasis he or she places on gynecomastia surgery. Ideally, the website should offer several sets of before and after gynecomastia pictures, including many body types.
Similarly, the plastic surgeon’s website should have a separate page devoted to gynecomastia, not mention it as an afterthought on another page.
If you find plastic surgeons who appeal to you, arrange consultations. Ask probing questions about their male breast reduction experience, techniques and more. Request the names of a few patients you might contact as referrals.
Keep your Options Open
Finally, as you consider local plastic surgeons, take a step back and look at the big picture. For instance, don’t let differences in fees be the deciding factor. There are many good reasons why one plastic surgeon may charge more than another – including a higher level of experience, more depth and skill in the surgical team, higher facility costs and so on. Since your results will last a lifetime, consider the cost of gynecomastia surgery as an investment.
Finally, if you find a plastic surgeon with plenty of experience near you, and he or she is someone you feel very comfortable with – that’s great. If not, or if you would like a second or third option, we would be very pleased to consult with you. We can work with you over the Internet and via a phone consultation, or you can arrange to see us during a visit to New York. Gynecomastia is one of our top specialties, and we work with many patients who do not live near Manhattan.
Want to find out more? Contact our Park Avenue office at 212-570-6080.
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