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Gynecomastia, also known as “man boobs” or “moobs,” is a common issue that a surprisingly large number of men struggle with. Unfortunately, at this time, the only effective method for treatment is surgery.

A qualified gynecomastia surgeon should be able to consistently produce good results for patients; however, there is always a small risk for complications no matter what type of surgery is being performed.

Choosing the right surgeon can reduce these risks, but there’s no guarantee that each procedure will result in an ideal outcome. Some patients worry about changes to the skin pigmentation around the incisions made during surgery, but is this really something to worry about?

Potential for Pigmentation Changes

While extremely uncommon, it is possible for male breast reduction to trigger hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation around the incision. This occurs as part of the skin’s response to trauma, and, because gynecomastia scars are typically small, areas of pigmentation change are also small.

Hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) is more common than hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin), but, in reality, the likelihood of this happening is low and not a major concern.

That said, it is something you might want to bring up with your surgeon, especially if you’ve had prior problems with pigmentation in the skin after an injury or surgery.

Possible Tradeoffs

While there is a small risk for pigmentation changes, most men prefer to take the risks with the benefits that come with resolving their breast enlargement.

While changes to the pigmentation around the incisions are possible, the aesthetic compromise of this is usually less severe than dealing with gynecomastia that causes confidence and self-esteem issues.

Setting Yourself Up for Success

The best way to avoid complications with male breast reduction surgery is to find an expert surgeon with years of experience and to discuss all of your concerns before the procedure.

Choosing a highly-qualified surgeon is important for your safety and results, but additional qualifications are even better. Our cosmetic & plastic surgeons perform gynecomastia surgery in our Long Island, New York center and are top choices for patients seeking male breast reduction.

Call today to schedule your free consultation in either of our two locations in Commack, Long Island, or Manhattan, NYC.