In some cases, an unsatisfactory result from prior gynecomastia surgery must be corrected through revision surgery. Gynecomastia surgery is a complex procedure that requires great surgical skill. When performed by an inexperienced doctor, the outcome of the surgery may be less than ideal. Even when working with an experienced doctor, problems may arise during surgery or during the recover process, especially if patients do not follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions. In some cases, a dissatisfactory result may occur as a result of a miscommunication between the patient and doctor. In such cases, revision surgery may be able to correct or improve the results of the original gynecomastia surgery.
When a patient is considering revision surgery, Dr. Jacobs will make a careful evaluation of the existing problems and create a unique operative plan to address them. He always takes the time to thoroughly explain the process to his patients so they will have realistic expectations for the outcome of their revision surgery. Before agreeing to perform the surgery, Dr. Jacobs ensures that the patient understands the level of improvement that the surgery can offer. Perfection is rarely attainable through revision gynecomastia surgery, but a number of advanced techniques allow Dr. Jacobs to offer his patients a reasonable amount of improvement.
Revision surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia or with a combination of conscious sedation and local anesthesia. Dr. Jacobs will choose from a variety of surgical techniques to correct any remaining gynecomastia and improve the appearance of your chest area. In cases where the breast tissue was not sufficiently reduced during the first surgery, he may remove the excess tissue through surgical excision or liposuction of the chest area. As with the primary surgery, incisions are typically concealed in the lower half of the nipple area. If the complaints include uneven skin texture or irregular deposits of fat, he will work to address these during the surgery as well.
Most patients are able to return home the same day as their procedure. Pain levels will vary between individuals, with pain usually lasting between three days and two weeks. Most patients also experience some amount of swelling and bruising, which can be minimized by wearing a compression bandage provided by our doctor. Most men are able to return to work within one week, but this timeframe will vary based upon the revisions being made and the individual’s work duties (strenuous work must be avoided for longer). Patients must avoid any lifting, pulling, or pushing motions for six weeks following their surgery. Dr. Jacobs provides his patients with a specific set of instructions to follow during the recovery period. Careful adherence to these instructions will help ensure a positive outcome after the surgery.
If you are considering gynecomastia surgery or require revision surgery, it is important to understand that the results of the surgery are dependent upon many factors. Perhaps most importantly, the surgery should be performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery. Additionally, it is vital that you strictly follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions. In some cases, however, even with the right surgeon and perfect adherence to post-operative instructions, your body may not heal perfectly and/or the desired results may not be achieved. In these cases, you will benefit from working with a surgeon such as Dr. Jacobs, who is highly experienced in gynecomastia surgery and is able to anticipate and prevent most common problems. To find out if revision surgery can help correct your original gynecomastia surgery, please contact us today.