Gynecomastia Surgery and Scar Solutions
Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery
After gynecomastia surgery, some men are discouraged by unsightly scars that may form around the areola where the incisions for male breast reduction were made.
If the body produces too much collagen when healing after surgery, a raised scar, known as a keloid, may form. Collagen fibers that are produced will have a different texture than the adjacent skin. A visible raised scar around the areola defeats the purpose for a man who wants to go shirtless after his gynecomastia surgery.
Scarring is a normal consequence during healing. Some people have more scar development than others for reasons that remain unknown. Benign scar tissue does not need to be removed unless it causes emotional distress, especially for the gynecomastia patient who wants to be able to enjoy the beach or other activities where he will want to remove his shirt.
For men seeking scar removal after their gynecomastia surgery, it is strongly advised that they find a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia and has a great deal of experience. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been performing gynecomastia surgery and revision surgery since 1989; he offers options for scar removal depending on the severity of the scar. Options include; surgical excision, steroid injections, and the Palomar Icon Fractional Laser, a non-invasive treatment showing very promising results.
Men who wish to avoid scar formation need to follow their surgeon’s instructions post-operatively very carefully. It is imperative to avoid direct sunlight for 6 months to a year while the incisions are young and healing. Sunlight is known to cause hypertrophic scarring. Dr. Delgado recommends that his patients start using silicone sheeting once the incisions have healed.
Call Dr. Delgado at (415) 898-4161) today if you are searching for revisions for your gynecomastia surgery.