A disappointing result after gynecomastia or male breast reduction surgery is the possible scarring that forms around the areola when the incisions heal. Men faced with unsightly scars feel they have traded one problem for another.
Too Much Collagen Forms Scars
It is not known why some people are more susceptible for scar formation than others. Scars are a natural result of the body healing itself when there has been trauma to the skin. During the healing process, the body produces collagen fibers that will end up having a different texture than the surrounding skin. Sometimes the body will over produce collagen, creating a buildup of tissue, resulting in a firm raised scar known as keloid or hypertrophic scars.
In most cases, it is not medically necessary to remove these benign scars. However, if they are noticeable, they may cause a lot of discomfort to the gynecomastia patient who wants to be able to go shirtless after surgery.
Options for Scar Removal
There are several options available for scar removal including; surgical excision, steroid injections and laser treatment, such as the non-invasive Palomar Icon Fractional Laser.
Having your initial gynecomastia surgery performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia, is your best bet for avoiding noticeable scars. Patient participation in preventing unsightly scars is crucial. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions that should include; avoiding direct sunlight for 6 months to a year. Sunlight is known for contributing to hypertrophic scars. Using silicon sheeting once the incisions have healed have proved to be very beneficial in scar prevention.
If you are struggling with unsightly scars after gynecomastia surgery, schedule a consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. to find what options are available to you for removal.