An important tool for any potential plastic surgery patient is the plethora of before and after photographs readily available online. This includes men suffering from gynecomastia. Easily accessed, these pictures give surgical candidates a clear way to visualize the potential outcomes from their desired procedure, especially the results seen in other men with a similar body type. However, as important as it is for male breast reduction candidates to look at these pictures, they must also know how to review before and after photographs with a discriminating eye.
Before and after pictures will show:
- The frequency that others suffer from similar issues
- Realistic expectations for correction
- Potential results from specific techniques
- A doctor’s skill level and surgical style
When looking at before and after gynecomastia pictures, start off with generic male breast reduction photographs, to get an overall idea of the correction that can be expected. Aesthetic surgery information guru, RealSelf, is an excellent place to browse hundreds of male breast reduction pictures. When the time comes to choose your operating surgeon, look on his/her website to see their specific results. As you peruse these pictures, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Does the gynecomastia surgeon offer a large number of pictures?
If a surgeon only has a couple pre and post-surgery pictures, it may mean he has little experience with the procedure. On the other hand, maybe the doctor has had few successful procedures, so there are not many photos to share. Either way, the more pictures a surgeon has, the more experience he has performing the male breast reduction.
2. Are the pictures current?
Take a minute to determine if the before and after photographs you are looking at are recent, or are from years past. Faded pictures or a dated style can mean the surgeon successfully performed gynecomastia correction in the early 2000s. However, without any current pictures, he/she may not have up-to-date skills with the innovative techniques available today.
3. Are the pictures accurate?
Make sure it is the same person in each of the before and after photos. Does the man have the same physical build? The same tattoos, moles, freckles, or other markings? The same body hair?
4. How is the photo quality?
The only way you can truly tell a surgeon’s skill is through a quality photograph. With today’s electronic devices and uploading capabilities, there is no excuse for poor quality pictures. In fact, many surgeons and their staff have had unique training on how to take before and after photos. Look for a consistent background, proper lighting, clear resolution, and natural-looking color saturation in each shot.
The bottom line: men seeking gynecomastia correction can use the experiences of others to determine the right surgeon and the right technique for their individual situation. Before and after pictures can be viewed from the comfort of your own home, providing an eye opening glimpse at the potential results. Use this tool before making your consultation appointment, and once in the surgeon’s office, ask to see more before and after pictures. Your surgeon should be comfortable reviewing these with you, explaining in detail how the results were achieved.
Get started on your male breast reduction journey by looking over Dr. Vitena’s gynecomastia before and after photographs. When you are ready to schedule a complementary consultation, call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at 281.668.7370. A large number of pictures are on our website, and during your initial appointment, more will be available, as well.