I have a sunken deformed chest after male breast reduction

I went from having man boobs, to now having a chest that looks like it’s now sunken in. I’ve done nothing different after getting a male breast reduction, in my workout routine or my diet. I was unhappy with how I looked before surgery, but I am almost more unhappy with how I look now. What should I do?

Cannon02

M, 35, New York

Tags:man age 25-34 chest results revision gynecomastia complications

I'm sorry to hear about the results of your breast reduction surgery. Without seeing results it's not possible to give you a specific recommendation, but it sounds like revision gynecomastia surgery may be necessary.

From your description it sounds like you may have what's called a crater deformity. Crater deformities occur when the right amount of excess glandular tissue is successfully removed during surgery but not enough of the surrounding fatty tissue as well. This results in a depression in the center of the breast at the site of the surgical excision.

Crater deformities are easily corrected in follow-up procedures. You may need to have some additional excess fat removed, as well as a fat graft to smooth out the appearance of the chest contour.

Keep in mind, however, that as with many other cosmetic surgeries, final results may take up to six months to appear. It's not clear from your question how much time has passed since your surgical procedure but I suggest waiting six months before making any decisions regarding additional gynecomastia treatment.

When considering any plastic surgery, make sure to visit a board-certified plastic surgeon for best results.

It’s not clear from your question how long ago you had your surgery. If you only recently had surgery, my advice is to wait until your final results appear. The results of cosmetic procedures -- especially the removal of excess breast tissue -- can take a few months to finalize. After any swelling or bruising has subsided, your plastic surgeon will be able to provide you with a clear recommendation about the next steps to take.

While it’s impossible to say definitively what the issues are in your case without a consultation, it sounds like there may have been some over resection. With a fat graft we can replace any lost volume in your chest area and fix the "sunken in" look you describe.

It's also possible that when the breast gland was removed, not enough of the surrounding excess tissue was removed with it. It's not enough to simply remove the glandular tissue to correct enlarged male breasts, your surgeon may also need to remove additional excess tissue from the surrounding area in order to correct the contour of your chest.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that the results are correctable. You should always try to consult with a plastic surgeon who has experience with male breast reduction procedures. I encourage you to come in for a consultation if you'd like more specific answers or need a second opinion.

Communicate your disappointment to your surgeon and also get second opinions from other experts in the area or submit some photos here pre and post op.  Whatever the problem it can be fixed so Hang in there!


Dr Corbin

www.gynecomastiaexpert.com

Thank you for sharing your question.  I am sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory surgical result.  You probably need a Gynecomastia Revision.  From what you are describing, it sounds like you would need fat grafting to the area to correct the "sunken-in" deformity.  Please see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in your area.  I hope this was helpful to you.

Best Wishes, Dr. B.

plasticsurgeryplusfreeholdnewjersey.com

Sorry to hear about your post-surgical result.  Would strongly advise waiting at least six months for final evaluation of your chest.  If the problem persists, then return to your surgeon to discuss what could be done to improve the result.  You should also consider a second opinion from a gynecomastia expert.


For further information about revision gynecomastia surgery, please consult my website which is exclusively devoted to gynecomastia surgery: http://www.gynecomastianewyork.com/about-the-surgery.asp   You can also view some photos of gynecomastia revision surgery in the photo gallery.


Good luck!


Elliot W. Jacobs, MD, FACS

New York City

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Sorry to hear about your situation.  You may possibly benefit from revision surgery -- but you would first have to have an in-person examination.

I have reconstructed several hundred men who have been operated upon by other surgeons.  You can read more about it on my website, http://www.gynecomastianewyork.com/about-the-surgery.asp

 

Good luck.

Dr Jacobs

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