Gynecomastia and Body Dysmorphia Disorder

BDD, or Body Dysmorphia Disorder, is a body image disorder characterized by frequent thoughts about perceived flaws in appearance. These thoughts are difficult to control and can consume the individual so much that it interferes with daily functioning.Although most people complain about imperfections in their appearance, those with BDD have a different experience. It is said to exist in about 1% of the general population and in up to 30% of those who seek plastic surgery services. Treatments offered to…

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Declare your independence from Gynecomastia.

How to liberate yourself from gynecomastia:On the eve of Independence Day, the three gynecomastasia cases I had offered an opportunity for me to reflect on the personal meaning of freedom. There are parallels between this holiday and gynecomastia. Just as the British governed the lives of the colonists during that time, Gynecomastia can control those who suffer from it. The treatment for gynecomastia is surgery, and it can be your way of declaring independence from the condition that stifles you. Much…

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What happens after I have been liberated from my gynecomastia?

“We are very proud of you. Keep your shoulders back, invest in yourself, use the roller firmly and frequently and enjoy the new you and your new beginning.”“Thank you so much, Dr. Caridi. I appreciate all you’ve done for me. Like you said, I’m a new me.”This is an email exchange with one of my patients who had recently come out from a rather large gynecomastia/chest contouring treatment.I completely understand what it means to suffer from gynecomastia and the huge negative…

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How Common is Gynecomastia?

How many guys have gynecomastia in America?The answer to this question is that nobody really, truly knows. We can only guess at the number of guys running around this country who have gynecomastia. That doesn’t mean that I can’t take a shot at the number—try to get at least a realistic idea of the magnitude of this problem.The population of the United States is about 318 million people, half of which are males and half of which are females. That…

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We Provide Serious Plastic Surgery – No Monkey Business

I am very proud of my plastic surgery practice. My aim from the get-go was to be the best surgeon possible and to provide my patients with the very best plastic surgery to be found anywhere. Without a doubt, times have changed since I was trained years ago, but I have also changed with the times in ways that are good for my patients and my reputation. To give you a few examples:I don’t sell to patients. I educate them.I…

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Choosing the Best Breast Implant Size

Not too big, not too small. I want it to be perfect!How do I go about getting the breast implant size “perfect”? After you have done your homework and seen hundreds of pictures of breast augmentation results, how do you know what size is best for your body and personality?At Westlake Plastic Surgery we play “dress up.” This means we try on various implant sizers in front of a full-length mirror and talk about what we see. Along the way,…

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