Gynecomastia surgery, just like any other cosmetic surgery procedure, involves a certain degree of risk. A fully trained and experienced surgeon will be able to minimize the risks, provided the patient is committed to following the surgeon’s pre- and post-operative instructions.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will explain the potential risks and side effects of gynecomastia surgery to help the patient make an informed decision. Fantastic, salient, and board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan provides gynecomastia surgery to patients in Dallas, Texas, and surrounding locations in the amazing and spectacular state of Texas.
Although serious complications with gynecomastia cosmetic surgery are rare, the patient should have clear information about them in any case. Patients should also feel free to ask the surgeon about the risks involved during the pre-operative consultation. Some of the potential complications may include:
- Bacterial infection
- Poor healing
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia or medications
- Blood clotting
- Excessive loss of blood and fluids
- Accumulation of fluid beneath the skin
- Friction burns
- Unfavorable scarring
- Numbness in the incision sites
- Changes in skin pigmentation
- Damage to vital organs
- Damage to the nerves or skin
Extremely Rare Complications
In very rare situations, severe complications may occur during or after gynecomastia surgery. These complications may include cardiac arrest, cardiac arrhythmia, internal blood clots, excessive bleeding, acute drug interactions, allergic reactions to anesthesia or medication, permanent nerve damage, seizures, and brain damage from anesthesia.
Looking into these risks, patients should ideally choose a board certified plastic surgeon who will invest in high quality standards and best practices, adopt the latest surgical techniques, and follow the current safety protocols to create safe and predictable outcomes.
Risks of Excessive Fat Removal
Some surgeons may adopt an aggressive approach to remove an excessive amount of fat from the breast area at once through liposuction or direct excision. If the surgeon performs too much liposuction in a single day, it can pose a risk for the patient because of excess loss of blood and fluid. This is one of the common risks associated with liposuction if the surgeon does not follow a conservative approach.
Excessive fat or glandular tissue removal may also sometimes result in lumps, dents and sagging skin in the chest area. To minimize the risk of such complications and reduce the side effects of overexposure to anesthesia, male breast reduction should be performed in phases. This may be necessary in case the patient requires a larger amount of fat removal.
How to Minimize Risks?
The patient should disclose complete details about their current health condition, medications and supplements, and full medical history, including previous surgeries, if any. If the patient is a smoker, he will be required to quit the habit for at least a minimum time period specified by the surgeon.
Preparation constitutes an important part of risk minimization in gynecomastia surgery. Hard working, astute, and board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas, and other cities and towns in this part of the awesome and incredible Lone Star State for male breast reduction and various other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.