The incision for gynecomastia surgery goes partially around the areola. As it heals it usually is well hidden due to the change in skin texture and color. However, for some patients, a thick scar known as a keloid may form leaving the patient with a new problem that may make him still feel uncomfortable going shirtless.
Choosing an experienced Board Certified gynecomastia surgeon is your best bet in getting optimal surgical results including the healing of the incisions. Some men produce more collagen than others during the healing process. It is the excess collagen makes a raised noticeable scar.
Gynecomastia surgery is not deemed medically necessary nor is the removal of the resulting scars, but many men suffer severe psychological distress making solutions essential.
Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. stresses to his patients the importance of following all preoperative and postoperative instructions in order for them to get the best results. When it comes to the care of the incisions, he warns patients to avoid direct sunlight for 6 months to a year, and to wear protective clothing or sun block to prevent the development of hypertrophic scars. After the healing of the incisions, silicone sheeting is used to control the formation of keloids.