The development of Gynecomastia, which is characterized by the growth of male breast tissue, can be extremely devastating for affected individuals. The most effective treatment method for this condition is Gynecomastia surgery, also referred to as a male breast reduction. When performed by an experienced, expert surgeon, this procedure can successfully eliminate the tissue, excess skin, and fat that causes enlarged male breasts, restoring the patient’s physique and confidence. Unfortunately, in some instances, patients are unhappy with the results of this procedure and may require a second, revision Gynecomastia surgery.
While all surgical procedures are complex, revision surgery is inherently more complicated because it requires treating an area that has previously been surgically altered. As such, it is important to be aware of all of the potential risks and complications ahead of time to ensure that you are well prepared and have realistic expectations for the procedure. Although revision Gynecomastia surgery can result in significant improvement, you cannot expect perfection, due to the following considerations.
Your first male breast reduction will inevitably result in the development of internal scar tissue. This scar tissue makes the secondary surgery more challenging, as it is tougher and more fibrous than normal breast. As a result, it is more difficult to contour and the results are less predictable than they would be if only fat and breast tissue were present.
Although the initial scar created by your primary Gynecomastia surgery can be removed during your revision procedure, the second surgery will also result in a visible scar. While steps will be taken to ensure that scarring is minimal, it is impossible to predict how good the scar will be.
Position Of Skin/Nipples
If you are seeking a secondary surgery because your primary surgery resulted in sagging skin or unnatural nipple location, this can sometimes be corrected with a revision procedure. As a result, the skin on your chest will be tightened and nipples will be repositioned. However, this additional work will also result in further scarring, which will be permanent.
While many men seek secondary surgery because the initial procedure did not remove all of the excess breast tissue, in some instances, the opposite is true. If your first surgeon removed too much chest tissue, you may have unnatural divots in the skin or under the nipples. If this is the case, your revision surgeon will need to add fat to the area, through either fat flaps or fat injections. While this technique can be successful in eliminating irregularities, it may have to be performed more than once for all of the fat to take.
If you are considering secondary Gynecomastia surgery, it is crucial to ensure that you select a Board Certified surgeon who is experienced in revision male breast reductions. We understand the impact enlarged male breasts can have on your self-esteem and how frustrating an ineffective first surgery can be. To ensure that your revision Gynecomastia surgery is a success, contact our clinic to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jindal or Dr. Edelstein, renowned cosmetic surgeons with extensive experience in Gynecomastia surgery.
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