Getting Your Best Post-Op Results
In our gynecomastia surgery centers, we have performed hundreds of procedures over the years. During post-op recovery, optimal results can be expected as soon as swelling subsides and with proper diet and exercise.
However, there are some instances where a bit of fine tuning may be needed after male breast reduction surgery. In such instances, we evaluate exactly what may improve the overall aesthetic of the revised breasts and make decisions with the patient's input and desires in mind.
Scar Tissue After Gynecomastia Surgery
After any surgery, including this procedure, patients may experience a build-up of scar tissue under the areola. Scar tissue is a necessary part of the body's healing mechanisms.
Every patient will experience a certain degree of scarring, but a select few may develop the appearance of mildly knotty tissue around the nipple. There are several ways this issue can be dealt with, should the patient find it disruptive to his overall sense of satisfaction and confidence.
Eliminating Excessive Scar Tissue
One way we can deal with bumpy scar tissue is to administer cortisone shots into the areas. In many instances, the cortisone breaks up the scar tissue with no further incident and creates a smoother contour around the nipple.
Should cortisone prove ineffective, there is also the option for minor surgical reconstruction in which the excessive scar tissue is removed. Since a second surgical procedure is also considered invasive, the patient can still expect to have a certain amount of scarring following a revision procedure.
Give the Body Time to Heal After Your Surgery
After the initial gynecomastia surgery procedure, there is a period of recovery in which scar tissue may be more pronounced. It is important that the patient give himself time to fully heal before paying too much attention to the appearance of the scar tissue.
The entire process of healing takes several months, during which the patient may monitor the changes taking place as swelling continually subsides and the breast takes its permanent shape. Collagen is laid down during this healing time and can take up to two years for the collagen to realign itself in a lined, organized pattern, which is how flattening and fading of scars occurs.
Gaining Acceptance of Your New Appearance
Men who have suffered from gynecomastia understandably tend to be hyper-aware of the appearance of the breasts, and therefore may need to learn to step back and give himself a little leeway when getting acquainted with his new post-op physique. It is easy to continue noticing every little bump or valley in the breast when this has been your habit for many years.
Give yourself time to accept your new appearance. Ask family or friends for input if you are feeling critical. And if you have concerns that are not diminishing over time, contact us for a follow up visit where one of our qualified surgeons can evaluate your results.
In our New York practices, we happily consult with patients who are just beginning to consider male breast reduction surgery, as well as those who have undergone surgery in another location and need revision surgery.
With several years of experience in revision surgery, our Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team is able to refine results in most cases, allowing the patient renewed confidence and full satisfaction with treatment results.
Call us at (212) 206-0023 in New York City (Madison Ave & 59th) or at (631) 499-1831 in Commack, Long Island for a free gynecomastia consultation.