This isn’t something I would want to hear, but I have quite a bit of respect for the doctor who said this to one of the patients I saw for a consultation recently. What the doctor was telling this patient is that the gynecomastia was outside of his comfort zone. Most surgeons frankly don’t see many cases of gynecomastia, so when a more complex case shows up, the smart ones will “punt.” They don’t see the need to perfect challenging procedures, so they rationalize that it’s better to start with the “chip shots.”
There is an art to gynecomastia treatment – I would know. I have seen over a thousand cases and I too experienced a “learning curve.” As a conservative surgeon, I have never had any bad outcomes, though in certain cases I could have been more aggressive.
Knowing the end goal for treatment is essential — this varies for every patient, so it’s crucial to have a positive relationship with your surgeon so you can effectively communicate this endpoint. Many surgeons are not comfortable around patients with gynecomastia, perhaps because many patients with gynecomastia are not comfortable around anyone examining their gynecomastia. It’s hard to talk with anyone about it let alone have a stranger examine a very sensitive area.
My success at the AGC may be, in part, because I am very outgoing. I am originally from Brooklyn after all. It doesn’t hurt that I have the most popular gynecomastia educational videos on the Internet and prospective patients can learn everything about me and the AGC before they even meet me in person. I am what you see, and what you see is typically comforting. I understand completely how patients feel and what they have been suffering with for such a long time. Over the years, I have felt that my conversations with my patients have made me who I am today. I listen and I understand.
If you are considering gynecomastia treatment, you would be putting yourself in the best of hands with me at Austin Gynecomastia Center. I am so proud of what I have built over this past decade and it humbles me to have the opportunity to help others while practicing the craft that I love.