Men who have made the decision to have male breast reduction surgery have found it can be a life changing event. They no longer have to try to hide their chest in loose fitting clothing or hunch their shoulders together. Social events are broadened to include all types of beach, pool and sports activities that may require a man to remove his shirt.
This new lease on life can be dashed if the surgical outcome is not what was expected. Some post-operative results are so disappointing that they will require a revision or “redo” surgery. Needing a revision can be complicated as now there is scar tissue the surgeon must contend with, and the elasticity of the skin may be somewhat compromised. Additionally, the patient will be faced with more surgical fees and another recovery period.
The most common cause of gynecomastia revision surgery is the repeated error of surgeons attempting to reduce the male breast with liposuction alone. True gynecomastia is a combination of fat and breast tissue, removing only the fat by liposuction will leave the breast tissue looking, even more, pronounced. There are many fancy names for “new” liposuction machines, but breast tissue is just too dense to be effectively removed through the cannula of the liposuction machine.
My gynecomastia practice is now at 40% revision surgery, most of the cases are where liposuction alone was done. Some fat must be left to be a buffer to allow the skin to move over the muscle, if too much fat and tissue are removed, it will lead to the second cause of gynecomastia revision surgery, the crater deformity.
The crater deformity is where there is a depression (or crater) under the nipple/areola complex from over resection of the fat and gland. To correct the crater deformity, the surgeon needs to do a fat transfer or a fat flap. For more in- depth explanations see the blog of April 3, 2012.
Other revisions include asymmetry, scar revisions, etc., to avoid the necessity of male breast reduction revision surgery choose your gynecomastia surgeon very carefully, do your homework! It takes a skilled gynecomastia specialist to shape and contour the male breast for a pleasing result. Make sure your surgeon is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and specializes in gynecomastia. Ask to see before and after pictures of the surgeon’s patients. Check reviews posted on this site and other websites that offer patient ratings. Get more than one consultation.