Gynecomastia Patient Emails

Thanks for taking the time to read these gynecomastia patient emails. They illustrate many of the most common questions and concerns of guys who are suffering with gynecomastia. You are not alone.

"I am truly blown away by the work you did"

Now that the swelling has gone down a fair bit, i am able to get a more accurate visual of my results…and i am truly blown away by the work you did. I had made a point not to get my hopes up too high in terms of how things would turn out, but i can honestly say that what i see in the mirror far exceeds what i had been realistically hoping for from my operation. The contour of the chest line is perfect, no more discomfort in the nipple, no more pesky fat deposits, you cleaned out all the junk and left me with the chest i knew was hiding under there. I cant thank you enough for the incredible job you did and the exceedingly positive experience in visiting your clinic, thanks a million!

"You’re a pro amongst many Joes"

Thank you for the very expedient reply!  I would like to set-up a virtual consultation at your convenience, so if you could forward my information to the front end of your office and have them reach out along with fee information regarding my particular case, it would be greatly appreciated.

On a a side note, I’ve done +or- 100 hours of research regarding this issue and I must say you and your work are in the top three easily of what I’ve seen nationwide on both bedside manner, but most importantly skill set, surgical process, and end result. Things like your “quilt stitching” to minimize hematoma, fluid accumulation, speed recovery, etc. along with “feathering” out the tissue with your scissors directly under the areola to keep shape, but prevent impression are the details that are having me even consider traveling for this procedure.

In any regard, whether I’m able to move forward and get this procedure done with you or not. I wanted to let you know that it’s awesome the work you’re doing and the people that you’re helping, sometimes we don’t get enough of that and I want to make sure that I make it a point praise and give credit where credit is due.

You’re a pro amongst many Joes.

"It is coming back."

I have had this since college. I have never done steroids, or anything that would cause it to my knowledge. I do however workout and take supplements like protein, creatine, etc..

I have been to testosterone centers to have my levels checked, and they say everything is normal and they don’t know what is causing it. I feel like just a bunch of guessing with no real answers.

I finally broke down a couple years ago and had a surgery, It looked a lot better and I thought I was finally past it, but then I could feel it coming back. (They were a little sore to the touch, etc) And then I could visually see it coming back and they became puffy again. So, last year, I had the surgery AGAIN, and now I am experiencing the same thing. It is coming back.

I currently have a prescription of Tamoxifen because they said it would stop the growth. I have been on it for about a year. It is doing nothing because I take it religiously and I am having the same issues.

I would really like to know what is causing it. I am worried surgery again will just be a waste of money if it just grows back in 6 months.

Can you please help?

"I refuse to take my shirt off in front of anyone"

Hi Dr. Caridi, my name is Austin, and I’m a very active 23 year old from north eastern Arizona. I’ve struggled with gynecomastia for ten years now. It runs in my family, my brothers and father also have similar cases to mine. It’s caused some major problems for me in my life. friends teased me for having puffy nipples in high school. Since then, I refuse to take my shirt off in front of anyone, which has made me miss out on many awesome opportunities in life. I was always told it would go away by itself eventually, but after years of research, working out, trying different diets, and even being scammed into buying pills to fix it, I’ve accepted that I need surgery. This is extremely important to me because Im a surfer and skateboarder, and plan to move to Hawaii to pursue surfing after I finish paying off the surgery. I would also really like to feel comfort able and confident dating girls! Im so excited for this procedure! I know it will change my life in great ways. Thank you so much for the generous consultation Dr. Caridi, I really appreciate it!

"A few important lessons I have learned are…"

I’m just letting you know that there will be no need for us to do a Skype consultation anymore and I will explain why at the end. However, I would still like to share with you my story… I grew up an avid athlete, I played football and wrestled throughout high school and then played a year of college football.  I was always in excellent shape and always took pride in being healthy and how my body looked. I was proud of this fact, and it was always something that kept me happy. During the winter of 2013-2014, I gained substantial weight (25 pounds or so) due to depression, excess alcohol, poor diet, and lack of exercise.  So around January of 2014, I decided I was going to try and lose the weight, get over my depression, and get back to the way of life that made me happy.  Since I was more out of shape than I had ever been, I thought I needed a little help  and decided to try pro-hormones. Within a month, I started having extreme pains in my chest and could feel lumps developing but I had the “there’s no way it could happen to me” mentality.  I was in such denial that I actually convinced myself that I looked fine even though it was blatantly obvious I had gynecomastia.  I did the typical wear 2 shirts routine and slouched forward so nobody would notice. I was so mentally ill from it, that I had no choice but to keep saying to myself “you look fine”. After literally 8 months of convincing myself everyday that I looked fine, I hit my breaking point and asked myself “why would you keep trying to convince yourself of something that you know isn’t true and is controlling your life?” and “you’re ok with having a six-pack and a set of boobs?”. I hadn’t taken my shirt off in front of anyone in 8 months and I avoided talking to girls when I would go out just to avoid that potential situation. I was still in denial about how bad I truly looked but wanted to get the procedure done for peace of mind.  So in October I finally decided get it taken care of.  I scheduled a consultation with a local surgeon who I knew wasn’t the most experienced, but since I was so desperate for a fix and once again, in denial, I didn’t think about things logically.  During our consultation, he seemed so confident that he could do a good job and that I had nothing to worry about so I felt comfortable with him.  He quoted me at $4700 which was extremely cheap which appealed to me and I left feeling a sense of euphoria thinking that the burden was about to be lifted.  I got the surgery done in December of 2014 and within 3 weeks when I could start to notice what was and wasn’t swelling, I started to notice I wasn’t liking what I was seeing.  As soon as my chest wasn’t too painful to touch, I started feeling it and noticed the same hard lumps were still present.  I also noticed that the areolas were still extremely puffy and pointy.  I went back to my surgeon asking him what he thought and he told me he could not feel the same lumps that I’m talking about and instead said it looks good,  then blamed it on the way I healed, and then claimed it to be sagging skin and even recommended a skin removal surgery.  He went from being confident to having a “it couldn’t possibly be my fault” mentality and didn’t seem to care how upset I was.  I didn’t believe it to be possible but I was still in total denial about how I truly look so I started to look into other surgeons for opinions. After doing a ton of research I found you and another surgeon to be arguably the best in the country so I decided to contact you both.  I sent the other doctor my before and after photos and scheduled my phone consultation. I just spoke with him at 1 pm Friday and his first response was “wow, what did your surgeon do to you?” and said he is not even sure if my surgeon removed any gynecomastia at all! It was at that point that reality set in and everything about this whole journey made sense. I am no longer in denial, I know it truly looks bad, and I know it isn’t even a question of whether or not I need this problem fixed.  I knew I was either going to have my revision done by you or this other surgeon and that either of you could deliver superior results. I have decided to go through the other surgeon strictly due to his location. I still have a long road ahead as I need to save up several thousand more dollars.  With that being said, we don’t need to do the Skype consultation anymore because to be quite frank, I no longer need you to tell me how bad I look. A few important lessons I have learned are:

  1. Do not make your choice of surgeon by his cost. I cannot reiterate enough the fact that you get what you pay for. I’m now dead broke, and still have the condition.
  2. Go to a surgeon who is known for excelling at this procedure. Any surgeon is going to be confident and tell you he can do a good job, but the truth is, there are not many who can deliver superior results. When he had me cut open and was looking at golf ball sized gynecomastia and decided to sew me up and call it a day.  And still to this day my surgeon will not admit he did a poor job.
  3. Choose a surgeon who makes it a point of his practice to understand how mentally devastating the condition can be as this will ensure they try their best for optimal results.
  4. Get it done right the first time. The second surgery is more difficult, not cheaper, and increases the chance of complications. I am still classified as a medium-large patient even after my first surgery.
  5. Get multiple opinions if you have any doubt on your potential surgeon.  Had I not contacted another surgeon, my surgeon would have performed a skin removal surgery on me which leaves much scarring, when in reality, he just didn’t do a good job in the first place!
  6. And most importantly life is too short to live with gynecomastia
  7. Gynecomastia can lead to extreme denial of your own self image but the truth will always be there so stop waiting and get the surgery following the above points.
  8. Do not take hormonal supplements. This is going to be a $12,000 mistake when all said and done but feels like a $1,000,000 mistake when the mental agony and lost time are taken into consideration. And I am in much better shape now naturally than when I was taking the pro-hormones.

 The reason I’m telling you all of this is so you can perhaps help some of your potential patients learn from and relate to my story.  If I can help just 1 person learn from my experience, I will feel like I have done a great deed. I wish I didn’t feel so alone in this journey so I’m hoping I can help someone else not have to be.  I have been on a 14 month journey with this burden and as you know, it is not fun. I have the utmost respect for the way you help people get over such a debilitating condition. You are helping people lift and unbearable weight off their shoulders.

I thank you for your time and keep up the good work.

"I have been struggling with gynecomastia ever since I can remember."

I have been struggling with gynecomastia ever since I can remember. During my childhood (in Africa) I had hard time eating, which lead my godfather to send me variety of appetite boosting medications. I ate so much of them and I truly believe that those drugs are the reason that I got gynecomastia.

I have been going to the gym for weight lifting thinking that it might correct this problem to no avail.

I am currently residing in Houston, TX and I would like your opinion on my situation as I feel burdened by it.

I have a young boy who I will want to spend more time with by the beach but I am afraid that trip to the beach will be in layers to conceal this problem.

"We are forever grateful."

I am healing well and am amazed at what I’m seeing so far. I just couldn’t seem to find a surgeon in Denver that did enough of them that the decision was ultimately made to come to Austin and get it done right.

I’m glad my fiancé was able to make it, and I know I made the right decision. It was kind of surreal being in the office and meeting you as I had already seen you in a lot of YouTube videos. The videos of course, and your confidence in being able to do these procedures, really put me, and more importantly, my fiancé at ease.

We are forever grateful.

"He is very concerned about his body image."

My brother has done a lot of research and he’s interested in getting gynecomastia surgery done by you. The problem is we live in Virginia. We want to know the consultation process and approximately how much everything will cost and how long recovery will be. We’re thinking about getting it done in the summer since he will have a break from school. He will be 20 years old in April and is very concerned about his body image. Being his older sister, I would really like to help him. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

"Now I realize what I have!"

I am 29, living in Vienna/Austria. Me, my wife and our four little kids are moving to Austin in the end of April. I was searching the web for spider vein treatment for my wife and accidentally found your website for gynecomastia treatment.

Now I realize what I have!

In my early teenage years, I got puffy nipples, although I was never overweight. I started to work out 14 years ago, did it ever since but, but those puffy nipples never went away. When I squeeze my nipple area, it is like a wobbly egg between the nipples and the muscle and when the nipple is in normal condition (not when it’s cold) it stand out and looks stupid.

I consider myself a pretty stable person but till this day, happily married and four wonderful kids and working out since ages, I only buy certain shirts (never too thin or tight) and do not want to take them off (except at the pool when there is a ice cold shower to tighten the nipples)

That is ridiculous! –
But after seeing your you-tube clips – I think I am not the only one – and I think you could help me.

Thanks you very much Doctor for explaining via internet what it is. I just thought, my chest looks stupid and I have to live with that.

"I’d love to come to you, a specialist on gynecomastia"

Since I went through puberty I have had gynecomastia and well just last year I found out it was really that. For the longest time I thought it was just because I was chubbier when I was younger and well I began exercising and it just was something that never went away and it really has affected me.

I’m sure this is a common story you’ve heard from most of your teenage patients that have come to see you. Well I finally had the courage to speak with my parents about it and well they were surprised I brought it up to them and new it was something serious in my mind because I actually spoke with them about it. Well we went with a local plastic surgeon down here to check if it really was Gynecomastia and he concluded it was and well after I came home I spoke with my brother about it and he was telling me I should try to do it with a specialist.

Its been a year since I first saw the word Gynecomastia and its been a year since I’ve been on your website. I know the cost of the surgery really all depends and everything but knowing it is Gynecomastia already I was wondering if I could have an estimate on the price of the surgery. I’ll still go through the consultation of course because you can better assess the situation but I want to be able to give my parents a somewhat number and they’d be more willing to come with you for this. I told them if it is possible I’d love to come to you, a specialist on gynecomastia.

"I’m desperate for help, do you have any suggestions in regards to my parents?"

I am a 16 year old from Nashua, NH. I weigh 230 pounds and am 6’1″, and experience severe bullying and harassment due to my chest fat. I’m in relatively good shape, am a two sport athlete, and exercise on a regular basis. My “man boobs” have lingered for a few years now, and even swimming has become an anxiety filled event. I don’t look fat or obese but my chest sticks out like a sore thumb. My parents continue to tell me to “tone your chest”, “do more pushups”, “lose weight”, etc. With my stature and age, I’ve been lead to believe by much research that I have gynecomastia, not an abundance of chest fat. I’m desperate for help, do you have any suggestions in regards to my parents?

Also, flying to Austin for a quote is not really an option whereas if I were to have a procedure, of course I could manage to make it to Austin. Is there anyway to get a quote without physically seeing you? Thank you for your help, have a good weekend

"My condition stems from the use of over the counter workout pills"

I’d like to schedule a consultation about what I suspect is gynecomastia. I am 25 years old and my condition stems from the use of over the counter workout pills (not steroids) about a year ago. Thank you.

"I just need your help to convince my father"

I have suffered from gyno since I was 12 I am now 18 and I still have severe self esteem problems. I just need your help to convince my father that I have something wrong with me inbred of him imposing the problem because he’s comfortable with his body and doesn’t understand why I’m not.

"I can bench press 315. But I still have moobs."

I just need your help. I can bench press 315. But I still have moobs. I have contemplated suicide it gets so bad and now people at work are talking about it so I really want you to help me have a flat sculpted chest like a man should have.

"I decided that I’m tired of just covering it up"

I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ve been living with Gynecomastia for as long as I can remember and decided that I’m tired of just covering it up… I would like to get rid of it. I’ve been a little overweight my whole life and always thought that my chest was “just that way” until recently when I lost a bit of weight and my chest stayed the same. I also did prohormones in College (2009) with a friend which resulted in him getting Gynecomastia, and just made mine worse. Again, I just figured that my chest looked this way due to being a bit overweight. Through a bit of research, I’m now realizing that this is a fairly common condition and that there is indeed a solution. My chest has by far always been my biggest insecurity since I was very young. People have always stared, I’ve found my self thinking “Hey, my eyes are up here” more times than any average man should. Even my closest friends mess with me by grabbing at it and family members tend to take an extra look when I have my shirt off around them (which is rare). They of course don’t realize the emotional damage this causes. I’m tired of making up excuses to avoid going to the lake or a pool with my friends. Arguably the worst part of this is my posture, which is awful from years of constantly slouching to avoid drawing attention to my chest. My breaking point was about a year ago when I was on vacation at a beach. I literally drew a small crowd of local people who just stood and pointed and snickered at me until I finally had to get up and leave. It was an awful feeling. I’m writing to you because I would like to know what you think and how you might be able to help me. I’ve watched several of your youtube videos and and have been very impressed with your before and after pictures. Again, I live in Oklahoma so it isnt exactly easy for me to zip down there for a quick consultation but I am more than willing to do so to let you know that I’m serious about this. I would be more than happy to provide pictures as well as any other information you might need over email to give you a better idea of my situation. I apologize for the lengthy email and I appreciate you taking the time to read it. Thank you!

"Dealing with this is so hard, depressing, and very miserable"

I am living with gynecomastia. I am 22 years old from Memphis Tennessee and I have looked at all of your youtube videos on gynecomastia surgery you do a really good job. I am planning on having the surgery within a month in where I attend college. I haven’t met with a doctor yet but I know I am living with gynecomastia I have done a lot of research over the last 5 months on gynecomastia. I really look up to what you do sir and I really admire how talented you are with plastic surgery. Dealing with this is so hard depressing and very miserable and I just don’t understand why I couldn’t just be normal like the other men I see. I have been dealing with this for some years now and I have been working for over a year saving money for the procedure because I know it can be very expensive but I’ve been saving while attending college which can be very difficult when I also have to pay for my education. Right now in my life I don’t know where to turn or who to go to I mean I would love for you to be the doctor that can help me and turn my life around with this procedure but I understand the distance between Austin and Arkansas. To sum it all up I just really admire your art and what you do to turn peoples lives around.

"My chest remained the same no matter how much I benched or how much I lifted."

I am 17 years old. I weigh 200 pounds. My height is 6’1. I began to notice a growth in my chest when I was about 11 years old. My father told me that it was a normal thing and it would soon fade away. Well 6 years later, not only did it not fade away, it grew substantially. I have talked to many doctors and majority of them have given it 2 options, first was, by the time I turn 18, it would go away, meaning that through the years, it would shrink in size. The alternative was to have it surgically removed if it doesn’t go away and I still have problems with it. within this last year, 2014, I began to change my dieting habits and I began to exercise more. Within 6 months, I lost 40 pounds, going from 237 to 197. I lost a lot of body fat and grew muscle, but my chest remained the same no matter how much I benched or how much I lifted. 

I was on Youtube about 2 months ago and I was looking up how to get rid of Gynecomastia through lifting weights and things like that and I stumbled upon a video procedure on the Gynecomastia surgery. I watched the video and I was very intrigued. I went to the website that was posted on the video and that was when I found you guys. I watched several more videos of the surgery and I also watched the post surgery videos and I was very pleased with the results people were getting and I said to myself that you guys are the ones that could help me get rid of this burden on my chest.

"Will gym help me to get rid off this awful thing?"

Sir I saw your video on YouTube regarding gynecomastia. I live in india.
I fear that I’m having this. My chest is not flat. Its bulky and looks like boobs. 
I go to gym regularly. I’m not fat. I’m average, I have nice arms and tricep but not a good chest.

Will gym help me to get rid off this awfull thing.?

Please help me sir please

"One year ago today I had my procedure and I could not be happier with the results."

I wanted to thank you once again for greatly enhancing the quality of my life. One year ago today I had my procedure and I could not be happier with the results. I can finally workout consistently and see the results without trying in vain to fix something that I could not fix on my own and ultimately giving up. That cycle has been broken and so many facets of my life have skyrocketed in a positive direction. You and your staff are awesome! Have a very Merry Christmas and Holiday Season 🙂

"I’m intent on having them removed by someone who specializes in the surgery."

To give you a brief background, I had gyno as I went through puberty which resulted in puffy nipples and was the source of some major insecurities growing up.

I went in for surgery around age 18 and told the Dr. I wanted the entire glad removed. He told me he couldn’t do that because it would result in an inverted nipple, but he would take out the majority of the gland on each side and do some lipo and everything would be good. The surgery was performed under general anesthesia.

Well, everything wasn’t good. The partial gland he left in my left side was bigger than the right side, and both were/are still noticeable.

I went back in for a revision surgery and the Dr. told me he could not take out anymore of the gland, but assured me more lipo would help. So on the second surgery he performed lipo only, and the surgery was preformed under local anesthesia, which I found odd, but was ok with it.

Long story short, after healing a second time, it was apparent my gyno had nothing to do with fat. It’s the remaining glandular tissue that is causing the issue.

I’d describe them as being about the size of a grape in the center of the mass, but they extend diagonally across the pecs, starting with a “tail” at the lower outside corner of the chest that leads up under the nipple, which is where the center mass is located, and continues to taper up and inward into the “head” of the mass. Essentially, it feels like there are diagonal strips of tissue.

Anyway, after waking up every day and having my eyes go directly to this area that’s plagued me for years, I’m intent on having them removed by someone who specializes in the surgery.

Your youtube videos inspired confidence that you know exactly how to treat a condition like mine. I watched as you removed most of the mass and splayed the remainder to keep the nipple elevated normally. You did exactly what the original Dr. told me couldn’t be done.

I wanted to reach out to you to see if you had anyone you’re familiar with that you’d recommend in the San Diego/SoCal area since that’s where I’m located.

I’d actually prefer to fly to Austin and have the surgery performed by you, but since I’ve already paid for two previous surgeries, I’m trying to minimize my costs. If you don’t have anyone you can recommend in my area, flying out to you is something I’d seriously consider, but I’m not sure if it’d be monetarily feasible at this point in my life.

Anyway, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to read my story and I hope to hear from you soon.

"I wake up in the morning trying to figure out what shirt won’t show my breast as bad."

I have been dealing with gynecomastia for years. I am somewhat over weight now (5’10” @255lbs.) at 32 yrs. of age but even as a 18 year old athlete in very good shape (175lbs.) I still had this problem. It has always been very embarrassing and like you said in one of your YouTube videos I wake up in the morning trying to figure out what shirt won’t show my breast as bad. I only buy dark colored clothing trying to hide as much as I can. My nipples are very puffy as well. I wear tank tops at the beach and it makes me feel bound when bending over or simply sitting in a chair. My gynocomastia actually smothers me mentally and physically! I have been wanting help with this for years. My family always comforts me and say I look fine but I know better. So after watching your video I decided to send you some pictures and let you tell me what you think.

"I feel it’s now or never."

I’m interested in gynecomastia/nipple reduction surgery but can’t seem to motivate myself to actually talk with someone about it. So this is my attempt to reach out to try and improve my self esteem and not be constantly worried self consciously about my breast. I have worked hard and saved enough and I feel it’s now or never.

"I have been dealing with this issue for years. At least about ten to fifteen years."

Awesome that you responded so quickly, especially on a Sunday. I have been dealing with this issue for years. At least about ten to fifteen years.

I visited internal medicine doctor a few years back and he prescribed some meds for hormone in-balance, but it didn’t do anything to correct the protrusion of my chest area. He said I probably just needed to lose a little weight and it would be fine. But if I opted to go for surgery, that was my choice. So, I’ve been dealing with it for quite some time and it’s very self conscience for me.

Like a lot of other fellows that deal with this, the story is probably pretty much the same. You don’t want to take your shirt off even in front of your spouse simply because it’s just not manly. When on vacation in Florida, I wasn’t able to enjoy my grandkids in the pool because I just didn’t want to take my shirt off.  As a matter of fact, I actually kept it on not that i think about it. It’s just not cool and needs to be addressed so that I can go to the gym and get in better shape.

At some point I even thought that maybe gaining weight would help to mask it so I kinda let myself eat what I wanted. I know  now looking back, that’s probably a bad decision on my part because I was actually creating another problem.  So, that’s where I’m at now and I wanted to get expert advice on how to address it, but didn’t know who to turn to because of some horror stories circulating.  I found you guys on youtube and noticed that you specialize in this stuff and where right up the road in Austin. So here we stand, looking to see what the next move for us will be.

"I’m looking for someone who really has some experience in gynecomastia revision surgery."

I’ve had pretty bad gynecomastia performed in Asia, about 9 months ago. Some adherences, a bit of scar tissue, excessive removal of fat in places or insufficient in others, the whole thing looks bad. I’m considering a revision, but I know it’s difficult and Il probably won’t have another shot at this… so I’m looking for someone who really has some experience in gynecomastia revision surgery. I’d be ready to travel all the way from France. Thank you.

"Overall a great experience."

I just wanted to let Dr. Caridi and staff know that my chest healed great and looks great! I know it took a couple of tries and patience, but it was well worth it. All the nurses were very friendly and the Dr. always had me laughing. Overall a great experience.

"…it will be life changing"

Hello Dr. Caridi, I live in Sacramento, California, and I was wondering how long recovery is, also how long would I have to stay in Austin for? How long after surgery do I have a post op check up? And how many check ups? I really need this surgery. I’m willing to take a quarter off of school just to handle this issue, it will be life changing.

"Getting this fixed is honestly the only thing I have truly wanted."

I have had gynecomastia since I hit puberty, I am 23 now. I came across one of your surgeries on Youtube, then I started doing my research. I could not find anyone else who is as enthusiastic about your craft. I can see that you really want to help men who suffer from gynecomastia. I have been in to weight lifting since my senior year of high school and have been doing it ever since. So I think over five years. It has been the only thing that has giving me a shred of confidence. But after working really hard in sculpting my body and showing off what I love to do I still do not have to the courage to take my shirt off in public. I have very puffy nipples, some of the worst I have seen from other cases. Getting lean would only make them stick out more. Getting this fixed is honestly the only thing I have truly wanted. Having gynecomastia has kept me from doing countless things in my life that I enjoy, even still till this day. I am currently stationed overseas in Japan right now in the United States Air Force. I will be back home on leave in between moving to a new base around July-Aug next year 2015. I am from San Antonio, Texas. I would really like to get your opinion on my case and hopefully get the ball rolling. I have two photos I would like to share with you when ever you get the chance.

"Never feel comfortable with my shirt off even at home."

If’ve had gynecomastia since I was 14 years old. I am 47 now, I’m 70 lb overweight, have lost 30 in last 2 mos.. Recently dx w diabetes, would I be a candidate? I have what I consider very large man boobs, I can no longer take this. Help! It’s very depressing. Never feel comfortable with my shirt off even at home. Sometimes they hurt, and itch, can never wear pullover shirts or t shirts, always button down to kind of camoflauge boobs. What can I do? Would insurance cover this?

"If it’s bad enough for me to feel uncomfortable in my own body, then i believe it is in fact bad enough."

I am contacting you with regards to my gyno. I have had it since i was 14 (I’m 25 now). I started weight lifting when i was 16 and havn’t stopped since. I didn’t really no what it was until i was in my 20’s as someone pointed it out to me, I just thought i had a chubby chest, and more exercise would help. After coming to terms with it, I could no longer go outside in a tight shirt, vest or shirtless at all. Every day I look in the mirror and question myself. Its horrible as I am a very out going, confident person, I run my own business and have a good social life. I have been to my local GP 3 times now, and 3 times they have turned me away. I believe this to be because I have a record of Steroid use, and therefore they do not even entertain the idea. Weirdly, when i was on steroids, it shrank, especially during the PCT. But, as my LH and natural levels slowly returned, so did the gyno. It has always been their since i was 14 and, even tho I’m sure the Steroids did not help, they are not the cause of this. I live in the UK and have watched most of your videos, as i find it interesting and it gives me a sense of hope. I was wondering If their would be any way that perhaps you could contact my GP in order to stress the Psychological dysfunction that it causes patients that you very accurately point out in your videos. My GP seems unable to fathom the idea of any mental health issues caused by it. He always fobs me off with “Its not that bad”. If it’s bad enough for me to feel uncomfortable in my own body, then i believe it is in fact bad enough.

"I have had large, effeminate breasts since puberty."

I believe I have gynecomastia. I first learned of gynecomastia when I began going through puberty. I am now 24. I have had large, effeminate breasts since puberty. I tweak my nipples constantly, always wear an undershirt, haven’t swam since puberty, and am extremely self-conscious of my chest in public. What makes it worse is that my parents, my mother especially, has always disregarded the way my chest looks. I’d like to hear what the surgeon’s opinion is and would like to inquire into the cost associated with the various procedures he suggests.

"I have had gynecomastia since I could remember…"

I am a 28 year old male. I have had gynecomastia since I could remember but has progressively got worse over the last 5-6 years to the point of embarrassment. I have been to my doctor and had my levels checked that came back in the normal range and had a mammogram done with came back as glandular gynecomastia. I would like to schedule a appoint with the Dr. to see if I am a good candidate for this procedure.

"…he didn’t get it all"

I have had surgery 3yrs ago and I told the surgeon he didn’t get it all. Told me just scar tissue but it is not. Would like to remove the rest of the tissue.

"I want to be able to take my shirt off in public…"

I want a natural look, like all other teenagers, and same size on both sides (successful look). I want to be able to take my shirt off in public, and not feel like everyone looks at me. It is very important for me to look normal, because I’m dreaming of becoming more muscular, and maybe future bodybuilding competitor.

"I have suffered with gynocomastia for nearly 20 years"

Just would like to give you praise on the work you do. I have suffered with gynocomastia for nearly 20 years I am now 34. I will never be able to afford the operation and it really effects me mentally. Therefore I will have to live with it for the rest of my life but Seeing your work on vides makes me glad that you can help those people. Well done.

"Where is the best place to do my surgery?"

hello doctor
I’m sri lankan who currently living in japan.i think i have gynecomastia.what is the best way to get rid of it?where is the best place to do my surgery?becauce i’m not in what is the best way for me?i’ll hope a kind reply from you.

"I’ve found your technique and compassionate approach to be the most compelling."

I’ve suffered from the psychological effects of gynecomastia since I was 10. I don’t think I was aware of the damage this condition can do until very recently. I’ve always been embarrassed by the condition, but I never really took a look at how the negative impact it must be having on boys throughout the United States. I’m interested in doing something about it. I’m interested in educating young people about the condition and who they can go to for advice, questions, and hopefully, some answers. I’ve researched hundreds of plastic surgeons, I’ve found your technique and compassionate approach to be the most compelling. I’d love to sit down with you and talk about how your practice might be able to bring awareness about this powerful condition. There are so many boys hiding in locker rooms all over the country, struggling with the shame of the unknown. I’m looking for someone who might be interested in helping alleviate that problem.

"I know if I could get rid of the gyno I would become a different person."

I’m 34 and from the UK. I have suffered with gynocomastia since I was around 14. The common issues you have heard on how people suffer with it I have lived through them all. I’m constantly online everyday researching and finding if there is any new treatment or ways to beat it but unfortunately I know surgery is the only way. I can live with it day to day but the most painful thing is when my kids want me to take them swimming. . My god it’s hard I try every way I can to hid it. Hopefully one day in the future I may come across some money so I can get the op done. I’ve even considered doing it myself as I’ve watched so many videos…I weigh 12 stone and am 5ft 10- so I’m a little over weight but nothing to shout home about. I know if I could get rid of the gyno I would become a different person. Confident, smile more, be a better husband and father.

"I want to be able to enjoy a normal life."

I am 29 years old male suffering the demoralizing effects of gynecomastia. I am writing this letter to you out of desperation, to humbly request your support to correct my gynecomastia condition at low cost.

In my search for help on the web, I learned about your outstanding works, for which I sincerely applaud you. They speak not only about your high professional standards and excellent medical and artistic abilities, but also about your devotion to help men like me.

The purpose of my letter is to ask you for help. I know that you specialize in correcting my problem, and as I said before, I know that you have helped countless men with my present condition. You are aware and sensitive to the psychological problem that this condition causes. It causes a high degree of shame, and severely affects my self- esteem. I cannot enjoy a day at the beach or at the pool or even at the gym.

I want to be able to enjoy a normal life. At times, I take time to imagine what my life would be like without this problem. I have seen many of your videos and am fascinated by your work. I have noticed your dedication, how you treat your patients and are genuinely concerned about them. This is the reason why I have dared to write this letter to you, to ask for your help.

Looking forward to receiving your response, thank you so very much for taking time to read my letter.

"I hate gyno so much"

I am 16 and I have had gyno for 4 years and its not going to go away I am in good shape and not fat it is true gyno. I hate gyno so much its almost summer time and i was hoping to get this fixed before my girlfriend and everyone sees me with my shirt off! Please contact me back and help me it would mean the world to me I have been struggling with this for too long and I just need your help.

"“…this would greatly boost my self confidence, both in my private life, intimate life, social life, and my job…"

I am 25 years old, and I am currently deployed to Afghanistan. I will be returning home in roughly a month. I developed the “puffy nipple” and feeling them, I can tell there is some thick tissue behind my nipples. This started when I was in the 9th grade. The shape of my chest is fine, all muscle, but my nipple protruding and puffy, and stretched, does make me self conscious in public areas, especially since I live near a lake where all of my friends and I go. I have been serving in the U.S. Navy for 3 years now, and as you know, military members do not get paid the best. I am considering returning to school when this enlistment is over, but from start to finish, a degree in Mechanical Engineering is 5 years away. I would love to have a normal college experience, and I want to be successful in life. I can submit some pictures if you would like, I know this surgery would be minor compared to the other videos and pictures of operations you have performed. My case of what I believe to be very mild gynecomastia, is much less severe than that of the others I have seen you treat. I was just wondering, if you would offer a military discount of some sort. I really would love to see you Doc, I could fly to Austin from my hometown once I return stateside, but I was just wondering what the cost might be. I know you must hear that from patients quite frequently, and I know that there are a lot of factors that would determine such an estimate, but this would greatly boost my self confidence, both in my private life, intimate life, social life, and my job in the US Navy. I need your help Doc, And after seeing all of your procedures on youtube, seeing your professionalism, I would really love for you to be the Doctor to give me my new life. I very much look forward to your response. Have a wonderful day.

"How long is the recovery process?"

Hi. I have read over your testimonials and have been researching my condition now since I went to the doctor. I would like to schedule a visit and discuss the differences between this surgery and liposuction. I work a pretty labor intensive job and don’t want to miss much work . How long is the recovery process?

"I would like to know how much time i would need to take off to have the gynocomastia surgery done"

Hi, I live in New Mexico and I would like to know how much time I would need to take off to have the gynecomastia surgery done. Also, how much does this procedure typically cost? Thanks.

"I am 60 years old and have wanted to do something about my “man boobs” as long as I can remember."

A colleague and friend of mine referred me to you. I am 60 years old and have wanted to do something about my “man boobs” as long as I can remember. I have viewed your video and before and after photos and would like to explore my options with you. I am available any Friday. Please let me know what I need to do next. Thanks.

"I had the wrong procedure done and I believe I need excision now."

I had lipo done to my chest in July. Right after the procedure my chest looked great, exactly the way I wanted. I had to wear a garment for two weeks and when it came off the results were not the same as the day I had the procedure done. I understand case by case the swelling takes different times to go down. Gradually my chest has returned to the state it was before the procedure. Which bring me to the idea that I had the wrong procedure done and I believe i need excision now.

"Do you take all of the breast tissue out or do leave some in?"

Hello again Dr. Caridi, I’m close to scheduling surgery for my Gynecomastia. I had one question I forgot to ask, do you take all of the breast tissue out or do leave some in? The suregon in my area only wanted to take a little bit out which concerned me as I don’t want the gynecomastia to reappear. Thank you Dr!

"I have been doing research on gynecomastia , and so far you’re the doctor I would want for my surgery!"

Hey Dr. Caridi. I’m. 26 years old. I live in Long Island New York. I know you’re in Texas but I have been doing research on gynecomastia , and so far your the doctor I would want for my surgery! From looking at all your pictures and videos, I can say I think I have the most puffy nipples u would see! I’ve had them since around the age 13, my doctor said they would go away by 18, well that didn’t happen! I would like to talk a lot more with you, so I will wait for a response back, before I write my whole life story!.. Thanks.

"I am heathy and in shape but this is a problem for me."

I have a decent case of gynecomastia in both breasts. I am heathy and in shape but this is a problem for me. Want to have gynecomastia removed. Travel and visits are no probes for me because I work off shore just have to plan around my work schedule. Want one of the best working on my and I believe this is the place I need to be.

"I work very hard on my body but this is the one thing I can’t fix in the gym."

Hello, Dr. Caridi. I am looking to get surgery to remove mild to moderate gynecomastia. I am in good shape the left one is medium size and the right is hardly even there. I have fairly low body fat. I am in the military and currently deployed, but I am trying to get the surgery as soon as I get back. I am just trying to get a ballpark price in order to make sure I have funds allocated to get this done. I work very hard on my body but this is the one thing I can’t fix in the gym. If you could help me out it would be much appreciated. Thank you.

"I’m wondering how much the gynecomastia removal surgery usually costs?"

Hi I’m wondering how much the gynecomastia removal surgery usually costs? I understand it’s difficult to estimate as every surgery is different but if you could give me a idea, i would really appreciate it.

"I’m from Illinois and I’m certain I want you to this procedure after seeing a few surgeons in my area."

Hello Dr. Caridi, I’m curious as to how you do consultations for people out of state with Gynecomastia. Do you require your patients to fly in for the consultation or do you have any online video arrangements? (Skype, etc). I’m from Illinois and I’m certain I want you to this procedure after seeing a few surgeons in my area. My Gyno is considered minor and is hard tissue beneath the areola. If you have a general price range that you charge or starting estimate that would be great for reference too. Thank you!

"I’m become more concerned about the risk of me having or getting male breast cancer."

I’m looking to get more informed on Gynecomastia. As I’m getting older I’m become more concerned about the risk of me having or getting male breast cancer.

"…it is something that has plagued me since my early teen years."

I’m a 22 year old male 6’3″ about 185 pounds and I live in Austin. I have a semi-mild case of pectus excavatum and gynecomastia and I’ve never really made an attempt to do anything about it. But it is something that has plagued me since my early teen years. I think I would be a lot happier just taking care of the gynecomastia at least because having both just effects my self-esteem a lot. I’m just tired of having to hide my puffy nipples and I can feel tissue underneath that I know isn’t going away. My only concern is for work…if I got surgery for it, how long would I not be able to lift anything heavy? 2 weeks or 4 weeks? I know I would have to make arrangements but I just want to hear some options from you first. I appreciate your time. Thanks.

"My 19 year old son appears to have gynecomastia."

My 19 year old son appears to have gynecomastia. Over the last two years, he has really began focusing on getting in shape and now the nipples are a real bother to him. He is currently at college, but we could do a consultation on a Friday?

"I’ve tried to wait it out."

I’m 22. I’ve tried to wait it out.
But it just isn’t happening.
Maybe I don’t exercise enough. Maybe being 99.5% vegan isn’t enough.
But I’m certainly ready for someone, an expert, to tell me my options!

"Very interested in the procedure if it is affordable for me."

I was wondering the estimated cost of the procedure? I am fairly lean and have been dealing with the gynecomastia since puberty and frustratingly I have been unable to get rid of it. Very interested in the procedure if it is affordable for me.

"I changed my eating habits and lost over 65+ lbs to still have man boobs."

Hello Dr.Caridi, I’m a 19 year old male and I’m actually looking into getting this gynecomastia surgery done myself but I’m not 100% sure if I have it. Well, I guess I believe I have it but I’ve never had it diagnosed. I’ve been living with it since puberty and have been in denial about it ever since. Maybe if I just work out a little more, they’d go away and I have to say, I finally realized it may have been gynecomastia, when I changed my eating habits and lost over 65+ lbs to still have man boobs. I’m tired of the soreness and not being able to lay on my stomach at night. The slight back pain they bring. Its ridiculous. I’m just ready to find out what’s what and start to transition to a flatter chest!

"I am a 24 year old male with gynecomastia which causes severe self-esteem and psychological problems not limited to but including anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I’ve been considering this surgery for years and would like a consultation as soon as possible. I’m on SSI and have Passport health insurance, although I am willing to work with a financial plan. I’m getting a refund on my student loans in January for the Spring semester and September for the Fall if that helps. I want total reduction if at all possible."

I am a 24 year old male with gynecomastia which causes severe self-esteem and psychological problems not limited to but including anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. I’ve been considering this surgery for years and would like a consultation as soon as possible. I’m on SSI and have Passport health insurance, although I am willing to work with a financial plan. I’m getting a refund on my student loans in January for the Spring semester and September for the Fall if that helps. I want total reduction if at all possible.

"I’m down about 20 pounds this year, but I’m tired of being embarrassed come summer time."

I’m a 23-year-old male, about 232 pounds, who has always hated his chest. It’s been an issue for me since middle school and even at my most active points, I just can’t seem to get rid of the excess fat/tissue on my chest. My enlarged nipple size is always something that I’ve been insecure about, too. I gained a good bit of weight after I graduated college, but I’ve made a strong effort to exercise and eat right this year. Even though it’s fluctuating, I’m down about 20 pounds this year, but I’m tired of being embarrassed come summer time. I’d really like to look at some of my options and see what you could do. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

"Just wanna get this over with, its been haunting me for 5 years now!"

Hey Dr. Caridi first off I’d like to thank you for the nipple-tip reduction you did for me probono that was very nice of you, and it helped a lot on wearing muscle shirts even though I don’t wear them anymore since someone told me it looks like I don’t workout my chest 🙁 I felt like screaming you f*** it’s glandular I bench over 300lbs) . I’m a little frustrated though, I’ve had two gynecomastaia surgeries; one excision, one with a shaver, and my chest looks just slightly different. It’s as if I continue to just trade gland tissue for scar tissue or not enough is removed. My left side looks better, it looks like a pec when I wear a shirt, but my right looks different it doesn’t have the pec look. I was wondering since this schools semester is over soon. Im finally going to have some free time to head over to Austin, if I can get the scar tissue shot? Or i f I can do a revision surgery, but excision this time. I don’t want to go to another doctor. You specialize in this. So you’re my best hope of FINALLY getting this done. I’m not asking for anything free, just tell me how much so I can know how much to save or borrow. I’m depressed I had got pretty lean and ripped and I got a few comments about my chest and I stopped lifting and gained weight. I still kinda have a 4 pack. Just wanna get this over with, its been haunting me for 5 years now! I can send pictures to give you an idea what I’m talking about.

"I would like to know more about the Gynecomastia Shaver."

Dr. Caridi, I am contemplating having surgery for my puffy nipples but I had a few questions. First I would like to know more about the Gynecomastia Shaver. Does that method only work for some types of Gynecomastia or does it work well for all types? I really don’t want to get my Areola cut open. My other questions is a rough estimate of the cost of surgery. I know a consultation will be better but I would like to know. I already have money saved up but I’m not sure it is enough. Please just tell me a rough estimate or the average cost of the surgery. Thank You.

"…how does the consultation work because I live about 5 hours away."

Hello, I am inquiring about the Gynecomastia surgery. I am 20 years old and thinking of getting it done early next year. I need information on how financing works and also, how does the consultation work because I live about 5 hours away. I am trying to keep the surgery secret until It is done. Thank you for your time.

"I would have the strength to take on the world with out having these bumps on my chest."

Basically I’ve been fighting the struggles of having gynocmastia for 5 years, and it’s really taking a toll on my life. My highschool year is being ruff because I can’t seem to find a way to feel comfortable in my own skin. I’m missing out on everything cause I’m too afraid of what people think of me.
Me and my mom have been talking about, and come to agreement that getting this surgery would build up my self-esteem. If this surgery happens, I see big opportunity. Because I would have the strength to take on the world with out having these bumps on my chest.
Thank you for your time, and hope to hear back from y’all.

"I’ve been to one other place for a consult but am interested in getting a second quote/opinion."

I am ready to get this surgery and am looking for a good place to have it done. I’ve been to one other place for a consult but am interested in getting a second quote/opinion. I have done the research and right now it is coming down to total cost and finding a good surgen to do the work. Can you give me a ball park of what your fees are for gynecomastia surgery? I am 6’2″ 210lbs. I could send pictures if necessary.

"I have a bad case of extremely large nipples."

I don’t have man boobs, to say, I have a bad case of extremely large nipples. I have a regular chest but with really big nipples. I was wondering if the surgery will make them look normal and what is the minimum age???

"I’m a decent looking guy with a lot of great friends now, but I will never take my shirt off in front of anyone, not even my girlfriend."

I am 32 yrs old and have suffered with “Man Boobs” my entire matered life. I first noticed it a problem in middle school football locker room. Started getting made fun of to the point where I always wore a tshirt under whatever I was wearing and never take it off. And I have struggled with it every since. To this day I work out religiously and of course nothing changes. In the past I tried starving myself hoping the problem would go away, but with no good results. Im a decent looking guy with a lot of great friends now, but I will never take my shirt off in front of anyone, not even my girlfriend who always says she loves me the way I am. I even wear the tight underarmor under my shirts every day, all day! I’m tired of this and want it out of my life for good. So I have been looking around at places that can help me, and trying to find the best procedure that is in my budget for me. How can you help?

"I am a teacher living abroad in China"

I am a 27 year old male and I have have lived with gynecomastia since adolescence. I am very impressed with his experience and documentation on each surgery. I am a teacher living abroad in China and would need to schedule the surgery during the summer break. Is it possible to perform the consultation process via Skype.

"…my chest is a little flabby near the nipple."

I was very fat in teenage. Now I am normal but am doubtful if I have gynecomastia as my chest is a little flabby near the nipple. It will be great if I could get a consultation to check. How much would the consultation cost ? Thanks

"I didn’t know about pro hormones or their side effects."

I’m 27 yrs old. A few years back I got into weight lifting. Shortly into it I took a supplement without doing my research. I didn’t know about pro hormones or their side effects. Needles to say I developed gynecomastia. I have the hard tissue behind the areola that has caused the common puffy nipples. I continued to regularly go to the gym, however the more muscle I built the more prominent it became. I have become very ashamed with my appearance and no longer exercise like I would like to. I have looked into the procedure rather extensively and have decided that the surgery is going to be my best option. I do still have some questions and concerns. I would love to have this corrected ASAP so I can return to the gym and regain my confidence. Please return my email so I can begin weighing my options and possibly set up an appointment for the procedure.

"I am ready to experience life without worrying about this mild but life altering issue."

I have experienced half of my life with what you call “golf ball” gynocomastia. I am a very fit individual and know that keeping in shape will not diminish the appearance of my issue. I have heard many good things about your clinic and expertise and was wondering if you could please send me an estimate for the excision of the glandular tissue and all OR fees that accompany this procedure. I have also read that some surgeries of this nature are done completely under local anesthetic. Do you offer this technique at your clinic? Student loans are not the best source of income but I am more than willing to find the means to get this done. Finally. I am ready to experience life without worrying about this mild but life altering issue. I appreciate your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

"I have gynecomastia on both sides of my pectorals."

I have gynecomastia on both sides of my pectorals. On the right is a hard ball like and on the left is like a gum ball squashed. How many procedures would I have to endure and what is the price range?

"…does it matter the weight I’m at when I get the surgery done?"

Hey doctor. I just have one simple question before I decide to schedule my surgery. Hopefully you can find the time to answer soon. Ok so basically im 5-8 and 185 right now. I have gynecomastia in both pecs. Now my question is I basically workout alot and bulk and cut so when go on a cutting phase I go down to 170 but when I bulk I can go all the way up to 195. Also when I tend to gain fat I gain alot in my chest area. So my question is does it matter the weight I’m at when I get the surgery done? Will 15-20lbs either way effect the results at all? I was just thinking that if I’m at like 185 when I get the surgery and you remove the fat and gland then when I drop to 170 it will look even better. But vise versa if I was 170 when I got the surgery and then gained 15-20 lbs after then I feel like my chest would look big again because I tend to gain alot of weigh t in my chest. So I was thinking that it would be better to get the surgery when I’m at a heavier weight then I tend to be in the future. Sorry this is so long but it’s just one question I had on my mind so long. So please if you have a second read it all and would love to hear your opinion on it. Thank you so much. It means the world to me. Hope to hear from you soon. Again thanks for reading all this I know it was long I appreciate it so much.