As much as gynecomastia surgery is becoming much more accepted by men, there are still plenty of them who don’t want anyone to know their struggles with the condition.
For this reason, we wanted to help you understand patient confidentiality, and offer some tips on how to keep your condition a secret.
Patient confidentiality is important to us. We will never divulge any information about patients to anyone other than the patients and those authorized by the patient. We will not even confirm or deny whether you are a patient at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York.
The only time we will give someone information about your health or procedure is when you provide us written permission to do so. We have a release form for you to sign with information allowing us to speak with the person(s) of your choosing regarding your treatment with us. You do not have to complete this form. If you do not want anyone to know, your secret is safe with us.
The only time we may have to divulge personal information is if we are legally required to by a judge. This comes after deliberation and consultation with a legal professional.
Keeping It a Secret in Your Personal Life
Recovery time varies. Most patients need to limit their physical activities for several days. A compression garment must be worn for 24 hours every day for a week following the procedure. The garment must be used for 12 hours a day the following week.
You may need some time off of work (depending on your particular trade), so plan for your surgery during vacation time or use sick leave. This way, you do not have to go into detail about why you need time off of work.
Family and friends can be a great source of support during recovery. However, if you would rather keep it to yourself, you’ll just need to isolate yourself for a few days. However, for the first 24 hours, we do require that an adult accompany you at home and care for you so that you don’t hurt yourself.
While you may be able to see people without them knowing, the compression garment may give it away. If you’re able to stay away from loved ones for the first week, you can then use the compression garment during the hours you are not with anyone, such as after working and at night while sleeping.
No one needs to know about your male breast reduction surgery. Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation. We are available Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM and until 6:00 PM on Saturdays. Simply call us at our Manhattan office at 212-206-0023 or at our Long Island office at 631-499-1831.
We’re here to help!