Gynecomastia Surgery Complications
When it comes to making the decision to have surgery for gynecomastia, our New York patients are happy to find out that complications rarely arise. Why are the risks so limited?
When compared with many other surgical procedures, male breast reduction is not very invasive. Incisions are small and tissue removal takes place just beneath the skin. At no time do we venture into a body cavity or disturb a joint or a vital organ. While trauma does occur, as it does in any surgical procedure, it’s minimal and localized.
Still, when we conduct consultations for patients with gynecomastia in New York, we make sure they understand that there is a small risk that a complication may occur. Possibilities include:
- Bleeding: When you’re sent home, bleeding that occurs normally during gynecomastia surgery will have stopped. Occasionally, bleeding may resume later at the surgical site. This can happen if you’re active too soon after surgery, or for no apparent reason. A small amount of oozing is usually nothing to worry about, but if there’s any concern you’re encouraged to contact us.
- Hematoma: A hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin, essentially a bruise. In most cases, bleeding stops on its own and the fluid is reabsorbed by the body. To be safe, we usually recommend patients contact us for evaluation in the case of a hematoma.
- Seroma: A seroma is similar to a hematoma, but the pocket of swelling contains clear, yellowish fluid that seeps from the tissues. We often remove the excess fluid through a simple needle aspiration.
- Infection: While technically a risk of gynecomastia surgery, infection is very rare. We take measures to prevent infection from occurring, but should it happen, it can be treated.
- Irregular contours: There’s a certain amount of inherent uncertainty in any cosmetic procedure, due to the fact that healing is unpredictable by nature. The best way to ensure good results is to choose a gynecomastia specialist with hundreds of procedures to his or her credit and to follow instructions to the letter.
Because male breast reduction is elective surgery, we are fortunate to have the time to establish relationships with our patients and discuss mutual concerns. We always make sure we use this time wisely to get to know the men we work with, understand their goals and worries and give them full information about gynecomastia surgery-including possible complications.
Whether you live in Manhattan or on the other side of the world, we would be happy to talk with you. Give us a call at 212-570-6080 or contact us online.