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Surgery => Post Surgery and Healing After Surgery => Topic started by: monkeyman on August 30, 2009, 02:17:30 PM

Title: Scars
Post by: monkeyman on August 30, 2009, 02:17:30 PM
For people who have done the surgery, how bad are the scars.
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on August 30, 2009, 02:33:14 PM
My scars are barely noticeable. If you weren't looking for them, you'd never know...  ;)


LHS

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1001/1195110774_220faedeec.jpg)


RHS

(http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1102/1195110970_3009c97c51.jpg)


However, there are many factors that dictate healing results.

Results will vary...

GB...



Title: Re: Scars
Post by: creative on August 30, 2009, 02:52:33 PM
Also may depend on how much you are having removed, skill of the surgeon (of course) and ultimately, the size of the incisions. To be perfectly honest, what's worse: scars or gyno? If your gyno is fairly mild, you might opt against the surgery based on the scarring that will result. However, if your gyno is affecting you a lot, let me assure you that scars won't make a difference to your decision.

Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Jopet on September 05, 2009, 09:04:26 AM
GB, its a good thing that you have hairs around your areola to make a camouflage effect..
How long was your surgery anyway?
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Dr. Elliot Jacobs on September 05, 2009, 03:24:56 PM
The scars around the edge of the areola tend to heal very well in most cases.  Of course, it depends upon how carefully your surgeon sutured the wounds, whether there was any separation of the wound or infection, and of course, your own genetic healing characteristics.  Smoking can also play a negative factor in the way you heal.

Dr Jacobs
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: DrBermant on September 05, 2009, 05:18:57 PM
For people who have done the surgery, how bad are the scars.

Scars involve not just the surface access sites, but also the entire sculpted region.  That is why looking at pictures of how the chest moves after surgery can be so important to see such scar issues.

Here are a series of galleries showing some of the surface access scars:

Puffy Nipple Areola Picture Gallery Before and After Male Breast Reduction (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/gynecomastia_gallery/puffynipple_gyno_gallery.htm)

Nipple Areola Reduction Picture Gallery Before and After Surgery (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/male_breast/nipple_areola_reduction.html)

Male Areola Reduction Picture Gallery (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/male_breast/male_areola_reduction.html)

Nipple Areola Reduced with Surgery Gallery (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/male_breast/nipple_areola_reduced.html)

Click through to see more detailed examples of how the tissues move for each patient.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
Learn More About
Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/male_breast/index.html)
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on September 06, 2009, 08:06:49 AM
GB, its a good thing that you have hairs around your areola to make a camouflage effect..

Even without the hairs, you'd be hard pressed to spot the incision scars...  ;)


How long was your surgery anyway?

An hour and a half...

GB...
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: mrpower33 on September 08, 2009, 11:39:09 AM
GP, how long after your surgery did it take for the scars to look as good as they do in your pics?  I agree, you can't see them at all, I really hope I get this result also. 
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on September 08, 2009, 01:22:39 PM
It was about 6 months before the incision scars looked like they do in the pics...

Keep in mind that there are many factors that can influence final results...

GB...
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: mrpower33 on September 16, 2009, 02:47:11 AM
GB, that's pretty phenomenal, did you use any creams or gels?  I am six months in right now and my scars are still pretty noticeable. 
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on September 22, 2009, 02:43:53 PM
Nope... no creams and/or gels. Just let them heal naturally...  ;)

Do you have any recent pics?

GB...
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: mrpower33 on September 25, 2009, 01:02:31 AM
That's pretty amazing.  I lent my camera to someone but will get it back this weekend.  I will put up some 6-month post-ops, let me know what you think about the scars.
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Jopet on September 25, 2009, 05:04:37 AM
about removing scars?
better check this out.

http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/web_links_folder/scar_web.html (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/web_links_folder/scar_web.html)
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on September 25, 2009, 08:27:42 AM
That's pretty amazing.  I lent my camera to someone but will get it back this weekend.  I will put up some 6-month post-ops, let me know what you think about the scars.

Okay dude... will do!

GB...
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: Grandpa Bambu on September 25, 2009, 08:31:46 AM
about removing scars?
better check this out.

http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/web_links_folder/scar_web.html (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/web_links_folder/scar_web.html)

If the surgeon is skilled, and you take good care of the healing wound (keeping it clean and out of direct sunlight) for 3-6 months, then that should be all that is necessary...  ;)

GB...
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: DrBermant on September 29, 2009, 08:04:53 AM
about removing scars?
better check this out.

http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/web_links_folder/scar_web.html (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/web_links_folder/scar_web.html)

If the surgeon is skilled, and you take good care of the healing wound (keeping it clean and out of direct sunlight) for 3-6 months, then that should be all that is necessary...  ;)

GB...

Leaving healing to chance is one option.  Actually,
Second Stage Compression Garments (http://www.thesurgerystore.com/compression_garment/compression_vest_stage2.html) and Scar Care (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/web_links_folder/scar_web.html) can make quite a bit of a difference.  I used to tell my patients that I could see the scar for all of my gynecomastia patients.  Now I find quite a few whose scars are so refined, I cannot see them.  This has been happening even in revision surgeries where I am replacing one of my scars for another surgeon.  We have always recommended scar care.  Although it is possible my skills have improved, my guess is that the added second stage compression has caused the improvement.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
Learn More About
Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/male_breast/index.html)
Title: Re: Scars
Post by: radio on October 02, 2009, 03:15:42 AM
Dr. Bermant, can you tell me more about the 2nd stage compression garments? At what duration post-op are these worn? I was instructed to wear my primary, or main, post-op compression garment for 3 weeks following surgery.

Thanks.

Title: Re: Scars
Post by: DrBermant on October 02, 2009, 08:13:28 AM
Dr. Bermant, can you tell me more about the 2nd stage compression garments? At what duration post-op are these worn? I was instructed to wear my primary, or main, post-op compression garment for 3 weeks following surgery.

Thanks.



Each patient has his own healing speed. I prefer to individualize the timing for my patients depending on many factors.  Once a scar is soft, and it does not feel better with the garment on than off, the second stage has no further use.

Hope this helps,

Michael Bermant, MD
Learn More About Gynecomastia and Male Breast Reduction (http://www.plasticsurgery4u.com/procedure_folder/male_breast/index.html)