When choosing a plastic surgeon for male breast reductions. What are some questions to ask them? (photos)

Choosing surgeon in Ohio is a difficult task. Should the location of the surgeon matter. When comparing the cost factor with the surgeon, it can get very expensive. For men unlike women, should location of the surgeon play a role in your decision? What would be something to look out to deter you from choosing them.

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When choosing a plastic surgeon for male breast reductions. What are some questions to ask them?

Thanks for the question. You are wise in being careful with your selection of plastic surgeon; this will be the most important decision you make.

Although I cannot provide you with specific names, I would suggest starting with the American Society of Plastic Surgery and/or the Aesthetic Society of Plastic Surgery to obtain a list of well experienced board-certified plastic surgeons.
Then, I would suggest you visit a few surgeons whose practices concentrate on aesthetic surgery. Ask to SEE lots of examples of their work AND preferably speak/see patients who have had similar procedures done.
Be very careful with your decision-making. You will find, while doing your due diligence, that there are many different “specialties” who will offer their services to you; again, I strongly recommend you concentrate on surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
I hope this, and the attached link, helps. Best wishes.

Male breast reduction Consultation Questions

Your initial consultation appointment is your time to acquaint yourself with the gynecomastia reduction procedure, and to get to know your surgeon both professionally (style and technique) and personally (bedside manner). You may want to ask about his or her qualifications, pre-op recommendations and post-op recovery, and residual scarring and treatment. Also, I recommend that you always ask to see before-and-after photos of past patients to get a clearer understanding of your surgeon’s experience.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Choosing gynecomastia surgeon

Make sure you chose a plastic surgeon with experience and photographs to that demonstrate his expertise. Please see examples below to guide you.

Arian Mowlavi, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 41 reviews


Number one criteria is board certification in real plastic surgery. There are many physicians who call themselves "plastic surgeons". Next is someone who does the operation often and regularly. Pretty easy to find out. Of course the most important is your face-to-face with the doctor and make yourself comfortable. The procedure in your case can be done through a tiny invisible Scar inside the armpit with nothing visible on the front of the chest. Good luck with it.

Sherwood Baxt, MD
Paramus Plastic Surgeon
3.9 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

When choosing a plastic surgeon for male breast reductions. What are some questions to ask them?

First, make sure the surgeon is board certified. Second, look for the results that they post on the website and ask for even more during your consultation. Both the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital system in Cleveland have excellent surgeon's available to help you achieve your objective. Good luck!

Richard Zienowicz, MD
Providence Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 44 reviews

Surgeon location

I think when choosing a surgeon, location should definitely  be one factor. Ideally the surgeon should be easy driving distance for ease and convenince for post op care. However, the most important factor is having a surgeon you have confidence in no matter where they are located. Look carefully at their before and after photos which gives you the most information about what you might expect. Then "interview" the surgeon at your consultation to make sure they are someone you want to work with. If you find the RIGHT surgeon even further away, then go for it.  Good luck.


Thanks for the question. Always investigate surgeons in your area by reading reviews and searching websites. It is somewhat safer to have a doctor in your area perform your procedure in case of complications, but if you can't find one, it is common for clients to travel and stay for a few nights. Scheduling a consult with the surgeon and looking at photos of their patient's results can be very helpful. Pre-operative and post-operative photos will give you insight on the surgeon's technique and results. Multiple consults with different surgeons will also help to see who is the best fit for you. Ask if they have had to do many revisional surgeries. Ask about complications and satisfaction for their clients regarding contour results and scars. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS
Louisville Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

Seek a Board Certified Surgeon for Gynecomastia

According to official statistics, 36% of adult young men and 57% of older adult men in the United States have this medical condition in one of the four grades. About 200,000 to 3 million cases of #gynecomastia are being reported every single year. So if you have breast enlargement and you think you are an exception, please understand that 1 in 3 young adult men and 1 in 2 older adult men are just like you and have breast enlargement.

It is imperative you select a plastic surgeon who is #board-certified and has a great deal of experience with male breast #reduction. Plastic surgeons who have specialized in breast surgery and cosmetic surgery are suitable to perform your procedure. Aside from checking board-certification, it is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision.

Please be advised that each patient is unique and previous results are not a guarantee for individual outcomes. As with all cosmetic surgery, results will be rewarding if expectations are realistic. With any surgical procedure, there are some risks which your doctor will discuss with you during your consultation.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

Finding Best Gynecomastia Surgeon

You are on the right track. The most critical decision to be made in achieving the best male breast reduction result is picking the most experienced and talented, that is the best, plastic surgeon possible. Too often, patients choose a physician based on a catchy ad, the brand name of a technique, the basis of one or two before and after photos, or their web site’s search engine ranking. These criteria will not find the most experienced and talented plastic surgeon. The below link will give you some valuable tips on finding the best gynecomastia, male breast reduction, surgeon.

Choosing a plastic surgeon

The number one criteria is board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery; there is NO OTHER BOARD that is pertinent to your situation.  Gynecomastia reduction surgery is a basic training requirement of  trained plastic surgeons who are boarded by the ABPS.  Second criteria is experience, but it is an important consideration.  Location is not very important.  Ask how many they have done and ask to see some representative pictures of their work.  Getting one or more opinions may be advisable if you are not sure.

Jeffrey D. Wagner, MD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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