The following question from our forum is from a man who wants a Gynecomastia operation to tighten up his saggy chest.
Date: 11/06/2010 Submitted by: Musa
Hey man so I’m 18 years old and 2 years ago I dropped from 265 to 180 and now imp struggling with embarrassing saggy chest (Gynecomastia) and loose access skin in my abdomen area. I really want to do this surgery I found an amazing doctor…Do you think its worth it and not going to lie I’m kinda freaked out about the operation do you think I will be alright? I really appreciate if you could help me out! Thank you. Musa
Date: 11/06/2010 Submitted by: Tanner
Musa, That’s the biggest thing about having any type of surgery. The fear of not knowing if it will be all right. Nobody can tell you that. All you can do is find the best doctor and facility that you possibly can, get healthy and into shape, follow all the doctors orders and hope for a good outcome.
The odds are in you favor that it will turn out fine. Surgery and medicine keeps improving every day. Almost all of the people that I have read about or communicated with were happy that they had their operation. Some had some problems or pain, but in the end given the choice of having it or not having it most would say they were glad they did it.
A suggestion that I would have for you is to be knowledgeable about the surgery, but not too knowledgeable. Don’t look at the gory videos and pictures of a similar operation being performed (during your research). That’s too scary and may turn you off.
Is it worth it? Yes (assuming nothing really bad happens to you). For the rest of your life, you will be able to move more freely, bend down, twist and turn without extra skin swaying back and forth. Going out in public will no longer be embarrassing experience. Your self confidence will shoot up through the roof. Later, you may worry a little about the scars that remain, but that’s a small price to pay for the big benefits that you receive.
Note – Another side benefit from the operation is that in the future you may be less likely to regain the weight back because you probably won’t want to do this all over again (it is a lot to go through).
I really appreciate your comments it means a lot too hear from someone whose gone through it. I just had one favor to ask you but if your too busy I understand. I was wondering if you could maybe look at this doctor he is the best I found and seems pretty trust worthy I went and met him and his staff they made me feel confident.
http://www.drstevebyrd.com/ Thanks again. Musa
RESPONSE – Musa
I took a look at his website.
-He is board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
-He specializes in tummy tucks.
-He has before and after pictures of his patients for you to view. (with at least on man)
-He’s older with many years of experience (not fresh out of school).
-As indicated on his Dr. Steve Byrd page, I don’t think you could ask for more history, experience, appointments or accreditations.
-Nothing that I could see.
If everything is true on his website (which I assume it is) he is the one that I would want to do mine again. I can’t see anything negative about him. The only other thing that I could think to do is to search the internet for any negative information about him and get a medical background report on him to check for malpractice suits and lawsuits. Best regards.
Cool thanks a lot for your help Tanner!
Hi its me again ha-ha sorry for keep on bothering you but I just had one last question if that’s cool with you. I was wondering what that tube thing was by your lower stomach filled with blood, did it hurt it seemed very bothering? and did you ever get abs after your surgery I know I have some beneath this excess ski but my doctor said you might not see them because your skin is really thick due to being so big at one point. Musa
Response – Musa
No problem. Ask as much as you like. That tube thing was a surgical drain. It didn’t hurt at all, just looked strange. Surgical Drains are flexible plastic tubes that are inserted into the body to drain pus, blood or other fluids from the surgical wound area. I have a whole section about surgical drains that you can read at
As far as abs go, I never did much stomach exercises and was not concerned with them so I can’t tell what the possibilities are. I suspect you can get defined abs if you work at it. I don’t understand the sentence about the skin being really thick. If you do a Google images search for “tummy tuck men” you will see some guys with abs that had tummy tucks. Best regards.
FOLLOW- UP MESSAGE: January 18, 2011
Hello how are you doing? I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on these 2 doctors I been looking at….Im really sorry too bother you but I am looking to make my surgery sometime this year and still so confused on choosing the right doctor. so if you don’t mind taking a look at these two that would be fantastic. Thank you so much for your help!
Im planning on doing a tummy tuck as well as gynecomastia I am not sure if you have herd of that but its a male breast reduction.
Response – Musa,
I imagine any surgeon’s website that I look at will portray that surgeon in the best possible light and not tell you any of the bad things about the surgeon (if there are any). The website will provide facts and information for you to determine if a consultation is warranted. After checking him out, it will be up to you to determine how you feel and your level of confidence about the surgeon, his staff and his facility. In the end it is all a gamble.
I do notice that you seem to be checking out only the top rated and best plastic surgeons. That’s good.
I can’t recommend any specific surgeon, but I did take a quick look a the sites and have the following comments.
Impressive website. It would give me a warm feeling to know that a doctor was named one of the best plastic surgeons in Dallas for so many years.
He doesn’t seem to be as much in the media as Dr. Hackney but he seems to have all the right credentials and experience and would be worth a consultation visit.
Did you ever go for a consultation with Dr. Steve Byrd? If so, how did that go?
FOLLOW- UP MESSAGE: January 20, 2011
Yes I went to a consultation with Dr. Byrd. He seemed like a great doctor but I do as well struggle with gynecomastia (male breast reduction) and he had no picture to show me which made me limit my option on him. It’s just crazy because there are so many doctors too choose from but I do not know which one is right. I will just have to do the best study and hope the best of luck for it.