Patient Stories

Male Breast Reduction Story - submitted by Bob. R.

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Share your story about why you considered and ultimately had cosmetic surgery.

I have had lifelong issues with this problem ever since I was a small child. This finally felt like the right time at 43 years old. After consulting with Dr. Applebaum, it was a done deal. He made me feel extremely comfortable and confident in his ability to remove the breast tissue and create a more normal male chest appearance. I actually had four consults scheduled with Dr. Applebaum being my first. I didn't need to see anyone else after my appointment with him, he was the right one for this procedure.

How did your friends and family feel about your decision to have a procedure?

Very supportive. My wife was the only person who was privy to what was happening. While she felt that I didn't need anything done to my chest (I am very muscular and lean and have really never had many issues with taking my shirt off at the beach pool, etc.), she just knew that it was something that I had been wrestling with most of my life. These types of things tend to be very personal much like how you see your appearance in the mirror versus what someone else sees.

How did 1800MySurgeon help you through the process of finding a qualified plastic surgeon?

1800mySurgeon was the very first place I went. To have this resource where I KNEW the doctor  they suggested for me would be reputable and good was awesome. 1800mySurgeon has done the legwork for any cosmetic procedure, which is a huge bonus especially with the sheer amount of cosmetic surgeons in Los Angeles County!

Can you describe your surgery and recovery?

Piece of cake! The day of my surgery was amazing. The nurses, assistants, and doctors were funny and excited and this made me feel very much at ease. They were very, very caring post-operation and sent me home with all my recovery advice etc. Dr. Applebaum called me the next day to check on me (from his home) and we talked for a while about anything and everything. My discomfort was virtually non-existent and so far my recovery is going great (tomorrow will be 1 week!) My follow-up visit was a couple of days ago and in spite of swelling I already see a huge difference. This will be life changing for me.

What advice would you give to another person considering your same procedure?

Ask lot of questions. I feel so comfortable with Dr. Applebaum that I would recommend him to ANYONE who was seeking ANY cosmetic surgery procedure. If you are looking into the same procedure I had, I would say DO IT. If you had the same mental issues with your appearance as I did this will change your life. People are very focused on the procedure, the before and after pictures, etc. But the doctor, in this case Dr. Applebaum, is the intangible that makes all the difference. Consult with him and within 5 minutes you will see what I saw and your gut will tell you what to do.

How do you feel about your result?

Not completely recovered yet as I still have lots of bruising and some swelling but based on what it looks like right now, it's amazing. I was afraid of lose skin etc. and Dr. Applebaum's advice and experience that would not be a problem with my body type, age etc. Like I said, this will be life changing for me. I can't wait till spring break and this summer!

find out more about this procedure: male breast reduction