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Gynecomastia Forum Overview is an introduction to our forum, boards, and an introduction to the definition, symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of male breasts.

Gynecomastia Surgery is a detailed explanation of surgical sculpture and the various types of male breast reduction surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions collects the most commonly requested information. Try looking for answers here first.

Gynecomastia Pictures shows details about photos and videos of the male chest. Find before and after photographs and movies. Learn what views help define the problem and show issues about the results.

Gynecomastia Surgeon learn how to pick your surgeon and about consultations the learning process about surgery.

How To Choose Your Gynecomastia Surgeon for Male Breast Reduction.

Guide to Selecting Surgeon for Gynecomastia Male Breast Reduction.

Not all surgeons offer the same skills nor techniques.

Just How Good Are The Before and After Surgery Pictures?

Check the doctor's before and after surgery pictures. Choosing an artist without seeing their work can be a major mistake. Carefully examine what is on their website, patient examples on forums, and other resources can give a clue just about that doctor's skills. This is an art form and proof is in the work itself. No examples and you are taking such skills on faith. A few examples, really can leave skills in question. Does this doctor only show a few results by selecting their best cases or do they just not have much experience? There are many variations of contour problems with gynecomastia. Each has their own special needs for contouring. Do you see examples of the specific variation of problem by this doctor?

Look at the before and after images. Is the after surgery curve male looking or are there residual female like curves?  Is the surgery itself a compromise such as contouring an overweight individual. Surgery does not make someone with global body fat not look like they have global body fat. Where are the scars? Are there enlarged images showing the scars?  It would be most suspicious when a site only lists a few views and those views change from patient to patient. That is one way to hide the nature of the results or show the best view. The more inclusive set of images is a more consistent critical analysis of the quality of the sculpture. Learn more how to better understand Gynecomastia Pictures.

Experience with Specific Variation of Gynecomastia Demonstrated?

Gynecomastia comes in so many different gynecomastia surgeonvarieties, check to see examples of your surgeon's skills with what you have.

Dynamic Sculpture

This is a surgery that has a dynamic component. Looking at still pictures only tells part of the story. Before and after videos will give a better demonstration of that surgeon's skills. If not videos, look for enough views to see the chest from all directions. That is why Dr. Bermant evolved a series of standard sets of pictures.

Some posters on forums recommend "their doctor" with results that have crater deformities, poor scars, and bad contour results. Some of these recommendations have doctors posting on their websites results that are just awful. Dr. Bermant has many patients coming to him for revisions with deformities as bad as some of the "good results" posted by a doctor's website. Dr. Bermant takes pride in his patients telling us that their results look as good or better than what they saw on his website.  You should be able to ask a doctor if the results on their site or what they show in their office are typical for them.

The male chest needs to look good at the beach, playing sports, swimming, and other activities involving animation. Still images with the arms at the sides tell only part of the total story. Standard views include pectoral muscle flexing views to see just what the tissue looks like as it is compressed. Arms up over head shows how the skin is moving over the deeper structures. The revision surgery set expands these views to include side and oblique demonstration of the animation component. Loose skin can be shown with the bending over views of the chest lift set. Beyond that, movies and videos are the most critical in demonstrating the problem, good, or bad results.

Watch to see if the before and after surgery pictures are framed the same. When images do not superimpose, shoulder and lower torso matching, the change may be the technique of the photo and not the real chest. Lighting must be consistent. High contrast shadows before surgery and soft lighting after can emphasize deformity before and hide issues after. Different angle lens before and after can also pervert the result.

Healing and Recovery.

Healing, recovery, and evolution of tissues after gynecomastia surgery is as important as the final result. Are there early after surgery images?  What does the tissue look like during its evolution after surgery? Many will only show long term results, not how the tissue got there. Some techniques cause more disruption of tissues. The more injury, the greater the swelling and bruising. Look for something like this Bruising, Swelling, and Recovery Picture Gallery Slide Show documenting typical evolution for Dr. Bermant's patients.

If something looks good early on, shortly after surgery, longer after surgery, and long term that has advantages over extended swelling and bruising. Less swelling, bruising, and discomfort mean a easier faster recovery and return to activities.

Comfort and gynecomastia chest sculpture depends on a surgeon's skills, what techniques used, and many other factors. How uncomfortable was the patient after surgery? Videos of patients talking about the surgery are one way to learn about this, their emotion behind the words has a great deal of power in understanding the nature of what a patient needs to go through to get to the end point.

Patient Experiences

What does this doctor's patients have to say? Reading testimonials is one way, but videos can show the emotion behind the voice and often are a better demonstration of the problem and what surgery accomplished.

Revision Surgery

Does your doctor perform Gynecomastia Revision Surgery? What do the before and after surgery photos videos look like? Are the revisions on his / her own patients or is this doctor revising other surgeon's operations?

Cost and Close to Home

Although Cost of Gynecomastia Surgery can be important, factoring in how often that doctor needs to perform revision surgery, how long patients take to recover, how much pain and discomfort they must go through should be factored into your decision. For many Travel for Male Breast Reduction becomes a more logical option.

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