Getting up on stage in front of a large group of people takes confidence. Harold Gill, a vocalist with the popular SVK band, was starting to lose his. Not because of stage fright, but because of the size of his breasts. A cancer survivor, Harold’s medications had led to a condition known as gynecomastia in which the glandular tissue in the breasts becomes enlarged in men. And for Harold, it was a problem he couldn’t hide anymore. He turned to Kelsey-Seybold Plastic Surgeon Jamal Bullocks, M.D., F.A.C.S., who recommended breast reduction surgery.
“My breasts had grown to a point where I was wearing compression shirts to hold them down. On a man, large breasts – or ‘man boobs’ as some call it – aren’t a good look. In looking at photos, I could tell that even with a suit jacket on they were larger than they should be and it made me increasingly uncomfortable and self-conscious,” Harold said.
Surgery Was His Only Option
Gynecomastia can’t be resolved by weight loss or working out, so Harold knew surgery was his only recourse.
He was referred to Dr. Bullocks and impressed by what he heard in his consultation. Dr. Bullocks described the gynecomastia breast reduction surgery – how it would be done, how long the surgery would take, the length of recovery time, and the results he could expect. Five months later, Harold had the surgery.
“My surgery was at the Ambulatory Surgery Center at Kelsey-Seybold’s Main Campus. It lasted about half a day, and I went home afterward. I had expected I’d be in the hospital for a day or two. I wasn’t in any pain following surgery. I took only two pain pills during my entire recovery,” Harold said.
During his surgery, drains were inserted to remove blood and lymphatic fluid, which helps prevent infection and promotes healing and recovery. The drains were the most uncomfortable part of the entire surgical experience, according to Harold. Not because they caused any pain, but because he was worried about accidentally pulling them out in his sleep. Once they came out, he healed quickly.
Going the Extra Mile
“I told Dr. Bullocks how happy I am with my new, flat chest. I can walk around now without a shirt if I want to. When I first met with him, I told him I didn’t care how they looked since I don’t go without a shirt. I just wanted a flat chest. Dr. Bullocks went the extra mile. He told me he was going to make it so I would at least have the option of going shirtless if I want to,” Harold said. “And he did!”
Harold said the surgery was well worth it. He’s glad he did it and has very little scarring. He’s impressed with Dr. Bullocks’ skill and bedside manner.
“Went I first went to see him, I was half-way skeptical. But he was confident in what he could do. He was understanding. He reassured me that my condition is common. He made me want to go back to him,” Harold said.
Harold’s Advice to Men with the Same Condition: See Dr. Bullocks
Harold’s hope is that other men with gynecomastia go to Dr. Bullocks and have it taken care of.
“It’s not a long procedure. It’s not painful. It will give you your self-pride back. Go see Dr. Bullocks,” he urged. “He’s very good at what he does.”