One of the biggest obstacles keeping men from seeking help with their enlarged male breasts is a fear of the unknown. Gynecomastia, characterized by excessive breast tissue and soft, puffy nipples, is shameful and frustrating. Many men have a difficult time talking about their ‘man boobs’ with a close friend or spouse, and are even more embarrassed to seek out correction from a medical professional. If you or someone you love is suffering with gynecomastia, help spread the word that a male breast reduction can restore a flat chest, with little downtime or risk.
Risks and Complications from a Male Breast Reduction
Today’s breast reduction procedures are considered extremely safe and effective, including correction for gynecomastia. Depending on the patient, either liposuction, excision, or a combination technique may be used to create the desired result. Common side-effects of gynecomastia correction may include tenderness, swelling, redness, and temporary numbness. While the incision will create a scar, this is normally small and well-concealed within the natural anatomy of the breast or nipple.
More serious complications from gynecomastia correction are rare. To decrease risks, patients are encouraged to only choose a board certified plastic surgeon, experienced in gynecomastia. This will ensure the physician has the necessary skill and artistic eye to safely restore a proportionate, natural-looking chest. Even with a seasoned surgeon, however, complications may occur, including:
- Post-op Bleeding
- Sagging skin
- Delayed wound healing
- Reaction to anesthesia
Male Breast Reduction Revision
For a variety of reasons, including an inexperienced surgeon or unforeseen complications, desired results may not be achieved during the initial gynecomastia correction. In most cases, a revision procedure can be safely performed to further improve the results. Patients unhappy with their primary breast reduction should wait for at least six months before deciding on revision surgery, allowing the breasts to fully heal and residual swelling to dissipate.
To find out what your chances for specific risks and potential complications with gynecomastia correction, schedule a private consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery. During this in-person examination, Dr. Vitenas can determine the best technique or combination of procedures will help you safely and effectively reach your desired results. Call Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery at (281) 668-7370 for more information or to scheduled your consultation.