What are my chances of facing a complication like necrosis of the nipple for a revision gynecomastia gland excision only?
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Risks and Necrosis Associated with Gynecomastia Surgery
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. Reduced sensation of the nipple is possible, as it is with any breast surgery, and can lead to reduced nipple sensation. Reduced sensation is usually temporary following surgery and may require a few months resolve. However, in some cases, the loss of sensation can be permanent. 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.
Thank you for your clinical post. The chance of a necrosis following a repeat glandular excision in the periareolar approach is relatively low. This is assuming that you’re a non-smoker and non-diabetic with no other systemic or local diseases. The other techniques designed to reduce post gynecomastia glandular asymmetry such as radio frequency assisted liposuction or BodyTite can be desirable alternatives to repeat incisional approaches to glandular excision. The risk of necrosis is quite low, most instances is likely less than 1%, however, the risk of increased anesthesia or numbness is relatively high.
I would recommend sitting down with your operative plastic surgeon, discussing your concerns in detail so you can make an informed decision.
I hope this information is of some assistance and best of luck.
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R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.
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