San Jose, California – In most cases, the incision for gynecomastia that goes partially around the areola, will heal and be almost undetected. Due to the change in skin texture and color of the areola, the scar is well hidden after it heals. However, for some unknown reason, some people produce more collagen than others when recovering from surgery. Raised scars are referred to as keloids or hypertrophic scars. Excess collagen in scar formation can be unsightly, and the gynecomastia patient will have traded one problem for another.
Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D., a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has specialized in gynecomastia since 1989, states that it is not medically necessary to remove male breast reduction scars, but it can cause a lot of embarrassment for the gynecomastia patient who wants the ability to go shirtless.
Today, there are options for minimizing scars. Depending on the severity and type of scar, surgical excision may be the best choice or steroid injections. Another very effective treatment that is now available at Dr. Delgado’s Marin Cosmetic Surgery Center is the Palomar Icon Fractional Laser, a non-invasive laser procedure that was created for scar treatment, wrinkle reduction, sun damaged skin and various other skin problems.
Dr. Delgado stresses the importance for men to follow all of their surgeon’s postoperative instructions, and states that those who do have the best results. The directions include avoidance of direct sunlight on the incisions while they are healing, for at least 6 months to a full year. Dr. Delgado advises his patients to keep their chest covered and use sunblock whenever outdoors during this period of healing. Sunlight is known to exacerbate the formation of hypertrophic scars.
Once the incisions have healed, Dr. Delgado has his patient’s start using silicone sheeting. Silicone will help control the formation of keloids.