Two Views of Gynecomastia Surgery from New York
Can two people experience an event in very different ways? Sure they can. Let’s say you and someone you know once visited the same resort; but while you enjoyed yourself taking scuba lessons there, your friend’s vacation was spent in the hotel with food poisoning. Or you saw the same film as your brother and it scared the living daylights out of you while he found it unrealistic and silly.
When it comes to plastic surgery, patients’ experiences span a spectrum. On one end there will be the occasional problem or poor result, and especially because most procedures are completely elective, responsible professionals are compelled to warn people about these possible outcomes.
That’s why when we meet patients interested in gynecomastia surgery in New York, we review information about potential complications in person and talk with them about any particular concerns they have or health issues that could come into play. We give patients reading material to take home and we encourage them to take time to think things over.
The professional societies we belong to cover all the potential downsides of surgery too. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is quite frank:
The decision to have plastic surgery is extremely personal, and you will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of gynecomastia surgery are acceptable.
You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks and potential complications.
After these statements, the ASPS website details some minor and major problems that can result from gynecomastia surgery.
In New York in our practice, fortunately, the occurrence of minor post-surgical issues such as fluid accumulation is rare, let alone more serious problems. In fact, much more often we treat a patient with man boobs who reports a very normal, positive experience, like our patients John and Nick.
Sometimes we hear about guys whose New York gynecomastia surgery with us was “a walk in the park.” One of our past patients, a 27-year-old man, posted an account of such a man boobs experience on Reddit, and along with very positive comments on his results, he had very practical input he hoped would help a lot of men, including:
• I thought about my nipples maybe 100 times/day, every day…it’s not like I put my life on hold, but it was taking up too much of my mental energy.
• I’m a big boy now with a salary and I can finance the surgery (super easy, by the way)…
• If you’re like me, and this has been bothering you for years, don’t let the scary word “surgery” burn into your mind. It’s a piece of cake.
This young man’s experience helps to balance out the required reading about potential risks of man boob surgery. For him, “I actually had a thought today while I was showering that maybe I was just dreaming all of this, there’s no way it could be that simple, but if you go to an experienced plastic surgeon, it really is that simple.”
This patient is obviously at the very positive end of the spectrum. He took no prescription painkillers and was out with friends just a few days after surgery. He healed quickly: “Even 3 days post op, I have the chest I always wanted.”
As our patient noted, “your mileage may vary.” You may need pain meds for a day or two. You could have more swelling than you expect. You might be one of the few patients who has a hard time with the compression garment. But, rest assured, many more of our New York gynecomastia patients end up on this 27-year-old’s end of the spectrum than the other end.
We appreciate the public vote of confidence this patient conveyed. We also applaud the general theme of his post: if your man boobs bother you, if they take up too much of your mind space, find a gynecomastia specialist and get them taken care of.
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