Justifying Gynecomastia Surgery
Since we perform gynecomastia surgery in New York as many as 300 times per year, we meet all kinds of men and teens with man boobs. Many are guys who have wanted to get rid of their enlarged breasts for a while and have been saving up the funds to get it done. Others have dreamed of having a flatter chest and have just needed time to get comfortable with the idea of surgery.
Occasionally, we’ll meet a man who longs to banish the boobs, has the money, but has a hard time justifying gynecomastia surgery. These New York patients have our sympathy. They may feel that spending a chunk of money on a cosmetic procedure is vain or frivolous when other needs can be viewed as more pressing.
You can imagine how we feel about the issue. We would never push someone to elect surgery—that’s not ethical or prudent in our position. But we are enthusiastic about the procedure for most patients and we’re happy to say so. Not because we love to do surgery, and not because we need the business. The favorable view we have is due to the joy we witness when our patients see masculine contours in the mirror after healing.
If you’re a guy on the fence about moving forward, here are some ways to look at the situation that might be helpful.
• Your well-being helps those around you.
When your loved ones feel content with their lives, you feel happy. Right? Conversely, when you know someone you care about is bothered by a problem, you want to support them to solve it instead of suffering. They feel the same way about you.
Banishing man boobs tends to have a trickle-down effect. How might your life be different if you had more confidence? If you were more motivated to pursue fitness? If a big worry that sapped your energy disappeared? Positive changes you would likely realize after surgery would radiate to others in your life.
• You would want a partner to feel their best.
Let’s say you and your wife have a child and pregnancy took a toll on her belly. How would you react if you discovered she has trouble wearing the clothes she wants, avoids certain activities and generally feels unsatisfied with her body? Chances are, if she shared her true feelings with you but didn’t necessarily think a tummy tuck was justified, you might talk with her about re-evaluating.
One man recently shared that the money he would spend on male breast reduction could pay for a family vacation. Wouldn’t your partner and kids be glad to see it spent on surgery if it made a positive difference in your life? Stay home and plan seven days of different local outings. Your kids will probably find that as memorable as a trip to Disney World anyway.
• Invest now instead of down the road.
We’ve found that, especially when a patient views a cosmetic procedure as correcting a problem, one thought they almost universally express in recovery is “I wish I had done this sooner.”
People with a feature they feel mars their appearance—such as a large nasal hump, oversized breasts (male or female) or prominent ears—oftentimes spend lots of energy trying to live with it. They may not realize how much the problem has held them back until after surgery.
The relief most of our New York gynecomastia patients demonstrate as their new torso is revealed is striking. It’s gratifying when we can stop men from feeling anguish over their moobs sooner rather than later. When patients tell us “you changed my life,” there’s no better feeling.
Some of our New York gynecomastia patients face an additional challenge: their partner accepts them just as they are and doesn’t see the need for cosmetic surgery. It’s great to have a relationship like this!
If your partner feels this way, it’s a good bet they will also understand if you can reveal the extent of the toll moobs have taken on your life. Open up a bit and see. If they still think the procedure is not necessary, assure them it’s an important, personal issue for you.
If we can help in any way, let us know. We may not save lives as other doctors do, but we change lives for the better. We would be so pleased to work with you.
Contact us here, or call 212-570-6080 and let’s chat.
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