Does Male Breast Regrow After Mastectomy, even if the Cause is Testosterone Deficiency?

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Reoccurence Possibilities Following Gynecomastia Surgery

The #recurrence of breast enlargement is uncommon following #gynecomastia surgery.
However, it can occur. If this happens, you may require further surgery in the future.

The male breast is composed of glandular tissue and fatty tissue. An excess in either type of tissue can cause the chest to take on the look of gynecomastia. Gynecomastia can affect #men of all different body types. There are different types of #gynecomastia.
Several common factors can cause gynecomastia including excessive levels of #estrogen, natural #hormone changes, use of recreational drugs or alcohol, medications and their associated side effects, and, various health conditions. Also, there are different types of #gynecomastia.
Therefore, weight gain, steroid use,recreational drug use and have hormonal conditions can contribute to a return of gynecomastia regardless of previous surgical removal and treatments.

Each patient is unique and previous #results are not a guarantee for individual outcomes. As with all cosmetic surgery, results will be rewarding if expectations are realistic.


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Recurrence of Gynecomastia after Surgery?

For most patients with gynecomastia only partial excision of the breast gland is carried out. In my opinion, it is best to treat  any condition that may predispose the residual gland tissue growth. Otherwise, it is not possible to predict accurately  what the recurrence rate of gynecomastia  will be.   For example,  if a patient suffers from gynecomastia thought to be related to the use of a drug or medication,  it will be prudent to eliminate this drug/medication postoperatively.

I hope this helps. 

Can male breasts regrow after gynecomastia/mastectomy surgery

In most cases male breasts should not significantly regrow after a mastectomy (gynecomastia) surgery.  This is true even in testosterone deficiency.  Best wishes.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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