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Gynecomastia is a psychologically distressing condition for most of the men it affects.

Gynecomastia is a term referring to male breast enlargement, which is often accompanied by shame, embarrassment, and low self-esteem. At this time, the only effective treatment for this condition is surgery with a plastic surgeon.

Understandably, many prospective patients are nervous about the idea of surgery. It is true that all surgery carries some risk, and it is important to recognize these risks before you undergo a surgical procedure, whether voluntary or medically necessary.

Fortunately, surgical techniques have come a long way, and surgery is safer and more effective than ever. Your surgeon will review your full medical history and assess your risk factors to determine if you are a candidate for gynecomastia surgery.

Here are some (not all) of the potential complications that gynecomastia surgery patients should be aware of.

Health & Safety Risks

As with any surgery, some type of anesthesia is required. Regardless of the severity of the gynecomastia, local anesthetic is our preferred method for performing surgery. This procedure carries expected risks, which are low for most healthy men. On very rare occasions, more serious complications can occur.

Rare complications can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Skin loss (most often among smokers)
  • Changes in sensation
  • Poor wound healing

Aesthetic Concerns

While health and safety risks are more worrisome than aesthetic risks, gynecomastia surgery is a cosmetic surgery, and aesthetic complications can occur. Luckily, a skilled surgeon can avoid aesthetic problems in the majority of patients by using superior surgical techniques. Aesthetic complications that can occur include:

  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Irregular chest contours
  • Collapsed areola

Minimize Your Risk by Choosing Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York

While it is unrealistic to expect that all complications can be avoided in every case, you can increase your chances for a safe and successful surgery by choosing an experienced, highly-qualified cosmetic or plastic surgeon and by following all pre- and post-operative instructions as closely as you can.

There are very few surgeons that specialize in gynecomastia surgery, but our New York surgeons have dedicated themselves to this procedure, helping many patients regain self-confidence.

For more information on male breast reduction surgery, call our offices in Long Island or NYC to schedule your free gynecomastia consultation.