When it comes to gynecomastia surgery, there is sometimes a lot more involved in the surgery itself than some patients may be aware of. Specifically, Dr. Rick Silverman may encourage patients to undergo a gynecomastia surgery with a skin excision. But why exactly? Let’s delve a little deeper to see why a skin excision may be necessary.
What is a Skin Excision?
In general terms, a skin excision is a procedure that is performed in order to remove excess skin from the body typically after extreme weight loss. A skin excision after a gynecomastia surgery is performed to get rid of excess skin around the chest area to create a more flat, masculine appearance.
Is a Skin Excision Always Necessary?
No, a skin excision isn’t always necessary during a gynecomastia surgery. However, in patients who have developed gynecomastia due to extreme weight gain or who have experienced significant breast development, then a skin excision may be recommended. During your initial consultation with Dr. Rick Silverman, he will be able to give you a better idea as to whether or not you need a skin excision.
What is Recovery Like?
Recovery is typically six weeks long, but that may lengthen if a skin excision is required. Depending on the technique used in the skin excision and how the skin heals afterward may dictate just how long surgery will take. The toughest part of recovery after a skin excision is getting over the initial healing process and making sure no seromas have developed, and the bleeding has stopped. After you get over that initial hump, it’s relatively smooth sailing from there, and recovery is similar to that of surgery without skin removal.
If you do require a skin excision in addition to your gynecomastia surgery, we will go over all of the details of the procedure and the recovery together. To learn more about gynecomastia with skin excision surgery, schedule an appointment at either our Brighton or Newton office and call us at (617) 965-9500.