hello.around 2 weeks ago i had gynecomastia surgery in the uk, it was done under the national health service.before the surgery the surgoen marked me up and told me he would make a small incision under both nipples to remove the tumours.however after the bandages were removed it seems like he has cut all around my nipples and all across the chest.the chest looks worse than it was.is there anything that can be done, i dont know what to do, i feel more depressed now than ever. please advise.
Massive Scarring After Gynecomastia Surgery, What Can I Do?
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Avoid direct sunlight to the incision line as this may result in pigmentation changes. This is particularly true during the first year after the surgery. Never expose the incision to sunlight without sunblock - use SPF 30 or greater.
Scars will initially be red and a little raised, but over 3-6 months they usually get lighter in colour and flatten out. It takes about a year or so for scars to mature.
I suggest you wait to see if your scars improve with time, and if they don't and you still feel uncomfortable with them, you can consider scar revision surgery. Best of luck.
Scarring after Gynecomastia Surgery?
I'm sorry to hear about your experience with the gynecomastia surgery; obviously there was a miscommunication between you and the surgeon.
Time tends to improve the appearance of scars. You will find that the scars will improve in appearance even after a year has gone by.
Sometimes the use of silicone-based products may be helpful. In the event of unfavorable scarring steroid injection may be helpful. The use of superficial radiation treatment is possible for symptomatic scars. Sometimes scar revision surgery and careful scar management afterwards may be helpful. Despite anecdotal reports I have not seen significant improvement with laser treatment of scars.
Chest scars from gynecomastia
Make sure you are doing everything you can to help the healing process like massaging the scars with vitamin E, fish oil, coco butter and any other scar ointment available. Its always good to mix up the creams and massage at leats 3 to 4 times per day. Another technique is to use silicone gel sheeting. You can obtain this over the internet. After 9 months, if the scar still does not make you happy, then go see a private plastic surgeon for a possible revision. It will get better.
All the best,
Dr. Sean Lille
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Poor Gynecomastia Incision Placement and Scarring
Once the incisions/scars go outside of the areolas, the scarring is never favorable. However, it is early and the the scars will look better with time. Whether they will be improved enough to your satisfaction remains to be seen. You need to wait at least six months before making a final assessment of the scar's appearance. If necessary, scar revision could be helpful for further scar reduction.
There should be minimal scarring after gynecomastia surgery.
Here's my advice. Try not to think about your chest for six months, and then go see a private plastic surgeon. The scars will get less noticeable with time, and they may be improved with a revision.
Gynecomastia - scarring
hi jack, if the scars are hypertrophic you may want to try silicone gel/sheeting. your surgeon will be able to evaluate if you would be a candidate for kenalog injections. the appearance of scars will change and usually improve with time. scar maturation takes up to 1 year. hope this helps. kind regards