Picking a board certified plastic surgeon, experienced in male breast reduction, is the best way to ensure a safe and effective gynecomastia procedure. However, not every surgeon is a good match for your personality and aesthetic style. When you choose to take on an active role when looking at doctors, you will be able to narrow down the best surgeon for your specific results. Go slow and do our homework, review each doctor’s credentials, and before/after photographs. Finally, ask lots of questions. The consultation appointment is your moment to grab the doctor’s full attention, so make the most of it.
Begin your gynecomastia consultation with the following questions about the recommended procedure
Am I a good candidate for gynecomastia surgery?
Your surgeon will perform an in-person examination to ensure you are in good enough health for the procedure, and that the results you are seeking are realistic.
Do you have before-and-after photos I can look through?
Before and after photographs let you review a surgeon’s surgical style, while assessing how many satisfied gynecomastia patients have come through the surgeon’s office. Few before/after pictures mean too little experience or too few happy patients.
Will my scars be visible? Where will my scars be located?
Part of your realistic surgical expectations includes understanding potential scars and how this will present for the years to come. Ask about methods for scar revision, should they look more pronounced than expected.
What kind of anesthesia will you use?
Gynecomastia correction is normally performed under general anesthesia. For your safety, ensure this will be administered by a board certified anesthesiologist.
What are all of the costs associated with my surgery?
A reputable surgeon will give you the complete cost of your procedure during the consultation. Double check the number he/she gives will cover all expenses, including the anesthesiologist, surgical suite, compression garments, and follow-up care.
What kind of recovery period can I expect and when can I resume normal activities?
Make sure you have a clear picture of the initial recovery period, including any assistance that will be needed, how long you will need to wear a surgical garment, limitations on activities, and when you should be able to resume your specific job.
What are the risks and complications associated with my procedure?
Find out the side-effects and potential complications associated with your gynecomastia technique, including how common
How are complications handled?
What signs/symptoms of problems should you be on the lookout for, after your male breast reduction? Know how to reach your surgeon ‘off hours’ and when/where to go should a serious issue arise.
What are my options if the aesthetic outcome of my surgery does not meet the desired goals?
Before every going under the knife, understand your options should something now look as you wish. While this is not pleasant to discuss, to protect yourself, know your doctor’s policy on revision procedures.
Do not forget to ask about your surgeon’s credentials, as well
Do you hold board certification?
Only put your trust in a surgeon that is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This means he/she has the proper training to ensure a safe and satisfying procedure.
How many years of experience do you have with male breast reduction procedures?
Always choose a doctor with years, if not decades, of gynecomastia experience. It takes years for a surgeon to hone his/her skills, so take advantage of a seasoned physician, avoid the newbies.
Where do you have operating privileges?
A trusted surgeon will have operating privileges at an accredited area hospital. To avoid complications, know that your male breast reduction will be performed in a trusted, accredited surgical center.
When speaking with your prospective doctor, listen to your gut. If you are not comfortable with the answers to your questions or the way you are treated in the office, do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with a second – or even a third – plastic surgeon. The best physician for your needs will have a friendly staff, be a comfortable distance from your home, and work with your payment options.
Your Gynecomastia Consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas
If you are in the Houston-area, schedule your in-person consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas at 281.668.7370. A patient coordinator can assist with driving directions to our Richmond Avenue office, as well as suggest local dining and lodging options. Those patients not in the immediate area are encouraged to schedule a virtual consultation. Your patient coordinator can provide more information on how to emails photographs for Dr. Vitenas to review. Fill out our simple Contact Us form to learn more about the consultation process at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery.