A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

A Picture is Worth a Thousand WordsWe all know that a picture is worth a thousand words. The two pictures above left me and my staff speechless when we looked at them on my computer one afternoon after a busy day in the office.

What do you see when you look at these pictures? What was your initial reaction? How does it make you feel?

What I see confuses me. I know that I am looking at two people of the opposite sex, but there are more similarities than differences. In most cases, the physical differences are obvious, and these physical attributes almost come to define the opposite sexes.

The female is usually associated with breasts and the male is not. In the above photo comparison, the male has small breasts and the female has even smaller breasts. Something is wrong with these pictures. After decades in my line of work, I can actually feel the pain that these folks are experiencing.

The male clearly has longstanding gynecomastia which has, in typical fashion, worn him down. That’s what gynecomastia does to a man. The female has small breasts that negatively affect her confidence and her sense of femininity. Both are seeking a change in the opposite direction—smaller for the man and larger for the woman.

Welcome to my world: our culture values breasts in women and not men. Because we have a plastic surgery practice with both men and women as patients, we have a unique perspective on the characteristics involving procedures on patients of either sex.

Women can enhance their chests with a good bra with or without “cookies,” while men resort to hiding their chest by wearing multiple shirts, compression garments, duct tape and shrugging their shoulders forward. Men with gynecomastia suffer more, emotionally, than do women with small breasts. Both sexes want to feel more like the sex that they are. For men, treatment takes away a negative, for women, it adds a positive.

It’s not surprising that gynecomastia treatment is one of the most commonly requested plastic surgery procedures for men and a breast augmentation is the most popular procedure for women.

Both gynecomastia treatment and breast enhancements offer my patients very effective treatments for their problem areas. If you are considering either one of the procedures, rest assured that I have vast technical experience and a complete understanding of where you are coming from, emotionally.