It has been 10 years since the inception of the Austin Gynecomastia Center and what a ride it has been. After taking on my first few cases, I quickly realized that gynecomastia was much more complex than it seemed. Not only did the surgical procedure require meticulous technique, but the patients also usually carried scars, both physical and mental, from the burden of gynecomastia that we understand poorly.
A thousand cases later, I have concluded that I offer AGC patients world-class surgical treatment with very consistent and desirable outcomes. Despite this, I have yet to develop a treatment, game plan or “playbook” for mental recovery. In collaboration with the University of Texas, my early research confirmed that the world literature was empty of anything related to the mental burden of gynecomastia.
In the process of raising awareness of gynecomastia worldwide, I have come up with a Zonal classification system, a gynecomastia anxiety scale, and other technical innovations that have contributed to my superior outcomes. For example, my gynecomastia retractor is marketed all over the world, my YouTube videos have educated millions on all aspects of gynecomastia, and my forums have opened lines of communication to encourage dialogue among those who are affected and wish to seek help. My current research is not about the surgery itself, it’s about the mind game that comes along with this condition and how best to end it.
Ten years later and any Internet search on the subject of gynecomastia will have my fingerprints all over it. It’s simply not enough to offer this procedure on your menu; patients need someone who is very experienced, understands the complete picture, and above all else, is honest. Guys are not interested in “smoke and mirrors” — they always want the truth.
I am most grateful to all of you for teaching me about this condition and for inspiring me to work hard everyday so that I can to help those who suffer from gynecomastia. If my model of treating this condition is worthy of imitation, I will only worry when they stop.
Robert Caridi MD
Founder, Austin Gynecomastia Center