How obvious are the scars after gynecomastia surgery?

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Are the scars after gynecomastia surgery very visible? I do not want to be stuck with scars, which will constantly remind me and everyone else of my past condition. How should I set my expectations so that I understand what my potential after look is?


M, 43, South Dakota

As you are probably aware, male breast reduction surgery involves making small incisions, through which your plastic surgeon removes the excess fat or glandular tissue. These incisions will always leave some scars.

The good news is that gynecomastia surgery scars typically fade quite significantly over time. In the first few months following your surgical procedure, you’ll probably notice that the scars are red and slightly raised. As time goes on and the scar tissue matures, your scars should fade in color and generally become less visible.

Exactly how visible your scars will be depends on a few different factors. For example, while most gynecomastia surgery involves making incisions along the sides of the nipple, in some cases the procedure can be done using small cuts in the armpit area. As you might imagine, the scars from these incisions are often less visible than those made on the chest.

In addition, the elasticity of your skin, the amount of tissue removed during the procedure, and how your body responds to scar management techniques can all affect how your scars heal. More importantly, the skill and experience of your physician can also influence the visibility of gynecomastia scars. For best results, I highly recommend seeking a board-certified plastic surgeon with a lot of experience performing gynecomastia surgery.

There are also a number of things you can do to support the healing process and potentially reduce the visibility of gynecomastia scars. For instance, your plastic surgeon will probably advise using surgical tape for a few weeks after your procedure to reduce tension on the scars. You should also keep sun exposure to a minimum to prevent hyperpigmentation and, to reduce the risk of infection, keep your scars clean as per your doctor’s instructions. Finally, your doctor may also recommend using scar maturation products to keep the skin surrounding the affected area hydrated and to reduce irritation.

Actually, the scars for mild to moderate cases of gynecomastia can be very small and inconspicuous.  Talk with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate for this type of approach and outcome.  Best of luck!

Thank you for the question and scars from gynecomastia surgery are barely visible.  So go on some complimentary consultations with experts and look at photos of similar patients and become fully informed about the desired procedure 

Dr Corbin

There is no way to perform any surgery without making an incision, which will always end up with a scar.  The challenge is to get the best surgical results with the least visible or conspicuous scars.

Having performed thousands of gynecomastia operations, my technique has been refined to provide the most minimal scars possible.  For the vast majority of cases, liposuction is performed via a tiny incision on the side of the chest near the armpit.  In about six months, that incision will be a small blemish. In some cases, this may be the only incision needed to do the surgery.  At other times, there is some residual firm breast tissue under the areola (after the liposuction has been performed).  Then, a small incision is made at the lower edge of the areola.  This scar tends to heal exceedingly well-- and the scar is barely visible within 3-6 months.

If you wish to see typical scars,check this out:

Elliot W.Jacobs,MD, FACS

New York City

Practice sub-specialty in gynecomastia surgery


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