It’s challenging to accurately gauge the Gyno surgery satisfaction rate. Some older papers in the plastic surgery literature state a range from 10-50%. I don’t even know my own clinic’s satisfaction rate because not only have I not studied my own patients, it’s difficult to determine a standardized set of criteria to accurately measure results. The greatest obstacle is that gynecomastia patients suffer physically and mentally, and these could are hard to assess. My crude gynecomastia scale has proven to be the best way for me to evaluate the impact of my treatment at the Austin Gynecomastia Center.
I see patients who look perfectly normal after surgery but have not fully recovered as a 0/10. I suspect that the years of mental anguish can turn into a scar that is not easy to remove with surgery alone. Mental therapy (psychotherapy) may play a role in recovery, but this has not been explored adequately. And, quite frankly, I am not hopeful that this would treat the masses because of its cost and required commitment.
One great thing about treating a high volume of patients over the years is that I can at least judge my own success, and I am known to be very critical of my work. I want every patient to be absolutely cured and 100% happy. But I also know better than that. I know that surgery is the only proven treatment for gynecomastia and that, over all, most patients are a lot better off than with no treatment. Your job is simply to make sure you are in the best of hands.
I hope 25 years from now, we will have a better understanding of these issues and that we will be able to offer patients better treatment than we do now. Until then, I will continue to ask questions and seek answers so that I can be part of the solution. Please do all you can not only to help yourself, but also to help others with gynecomastia so that you too can be part of the solution. Together we can increase awareness of this condition and make treatment consistent, reliable, and effective.