How Often Are Revisions Needed After Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

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The Lasting Effects of Gynecomastia Surgery

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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.
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. With any surgical procedure, there are some risks which your doctor will discuss with you during your consultation.

It is imperative you select a plastic surgeon who is #board-certified and has a great deal of experience with male breast #reduction. Plastic surgeons who have specialized in breast surgery and cosmetic surgery are suitable to perform your procedure. Aside from checking board-certification, it is suggested that you look at before and after photos of the surgeons actual patients, and read patient reviews. Gathering all of this information will help you make a well-informed decision and reduce the chance of a necessary revision.

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Excision of male breast tissue only occasionally requires a revision.

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Any operation might benefit from a revision after healing is complete.  Seldom is that the case for gynecomastia.  In my experience, it would be less than 5%.


Revisions after Male Breast Reduction Surgery

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Male breast reduction is rarely redone.  It can become an issue if they continue to take male hormones in excess, or a medication they are on causes regrowth of the breast tissue.  The tissue is then removed primarily by excision vs. liposuction.

Cory Lawler, MD
Melbourne Plastic Surgeon

How Often is Gynecomastia Revision Surgery Needed?

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The need for revision surgery should be very low, especially if you go to a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia. Unfortunately there are many surgeons who do not have a lot of experience with male breast reduction who attempt to correct gynecomastia by liposuction alone. This will usually necessitate further surgery requiring surgical excision of the the breast tissue. In some cases surgeons remove too much tissue leaving what is known as "crater deformity" which is most commonly corrected by fat transfer.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Revision following a male breast reduction surgery

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Dear patient, It is not unusual to have a revision following a male breast reduction surgery. Although the revision should not be done earlier than 6 months post your surgery. 


Teanoosh Zadeh, MD, FRCSC
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Revisions Needed After Male Breast Reduction Surgery?

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Revision after Gynecomastis (Man Boob) Surgery are uncommon. The leading cause may be insufficient removal of breast tissue. The vast majority are stigmatized by their condition causing them to avoid situations in which their chests are bare. After the operation many of them undergo a personality transformation, becoming extroverts who actually show off their chests.

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon

Male Breast Reduction Surgery Revisions?

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Thank you for the question.

Although difficult to give you a precise percentage,  my best estimate would be less than 5% of patients undergoing surgery for gynecomastia benefit from revisionary surgery. These revisionary operations may help with the appearance of scars,  to correct asymmetry if possible, to remove additional breast tissue and/or adipose tissue, and correction of over resection/ concavity deformity.

As always, prevention of complications as much as possible is preferable;  patients seeking this type of surgery should consult with well experienced board certified plastic surgeons.

I hope this helps.

Male breast reduction

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Revison rates are realitively low.  Themsot common complications are under treatment( which isn't really a complication) and over -resection leaving a concavity under the areola. More involve procedures other than liposuction have more potential issues.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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