Gynecomastia surgery is becoming more popular all the time, and it’s not surprising; this issue can cause a number of self-esteem problems and intense embarrassment.
Some men are even reluctant to take of their shirts at the beach, or experience intimacy issues due to self-consciousness.
With the number of male breast reduction procedures increasing each year, there are more surgeons offering the services.
While most surgeries go off according to plan and produce good results, there will always be some cases that end in complications; though, the chances of this are much lower with an experienced male breast reduction specialist.
One problem patients can encounter are lumps in the treated area following surgery. But are these lumps of scar tissue or gland tissue? And are they a cause for concern?
What Causes Lumps
There are actually two general reasons lumps can form following male breast reduction surgery. The first has to do with under-excision. Sometimes, when a surgeon does not remove enough tissue, breast gland lumps can remain under the nipple.
These will not show up right away due to the swelling from surgery, and usually appear a few months later when swelling has subsided.
The second cause may be scar tissue, especially in patients that are prone to keloid scarring. Unfortunately, it is difficult to tell which issue (gland tissue or scar tissue) is causing the lumps without seeing your surgeon for a follow-up.
Will the Lumps Go Away?
It’s best to speak with your surgeon as soon as you notice signs of problems, as he or she can give you guidance on what to do and what to expect.
When you notice lumpiness, you can call your surgeon and ask if the problem might resolve itself by performing gentle massage of the area. Your doctor can give you tips on how to perform this without damaging the tissue.
Unfortunately, massage sometimes does not solve the problem, and may not improve the appearance of the lumpiness. If months have passed and the lumpiness still has not resolved, you should definitely speak with your surgeon again (or possibly a new surgeon) to assess the situation. A revision procedure may be necessary.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you are experiencing lumpiness following gynecomastia surgery that has not responded to time or massage, then it might be time to think about revision surgery. Speak to your initial surgeon first. However, do not rule out the possibility of getting a second opinion and perhaps having surgery performed by a different surgeon, depending on the circumstances.
If you’d like to schedule your first surgery or talk to an expert about revision surgery, call our experienced team of New York-based cosmetic and plastic surgeons to learn more about the cost of male breast reduction and the benefits of gynecomastia surgery.