Some of our gynecomastia patients suffer double anguish over the look of their chest: man boobs and acne. One of the first orders of business in the consultation room is to talk through how to perform male breast reduction safely for these men and adolescents.
First, we reassure patients with acne that it is likely gynecomastia surgery can still be done. The key is to bring the condition under control – or at least quiet any active outbreaks – so male breast reduction can be performed without pustules and comedones present. Active acne can increase the possibility for post-surgical infection, one of the occasional complications of gynecomastia surgery.
We advise our gynecomastia patients to seek the advice of a dermatologist with extensive experience treating acne. The three of us – patient, dermatologist and plastic surgeon – can work together toward surgical readiness.
The Mayo Clinic’s website is a great place to learn more about acne. In general, acne treatment should follow a course of milder to more drastic options until an effective approach is found.
The great thing about treating acne prior to gynecomastia surgery is that outbreaks need to be calm for just a period of time. Patient and dermatologist can put a multi-faceted, vigorous treatment plan in place just long enough for male breast reduction surgery, then revert to a gentler approach if needed.
If you’re dealing with moobs and acne, we’ll gladly work with you to schedule surgery with your acne management regimen in mind. Come in for a consultation and we can talk about what’s best for you. Use our short contact form here or call 561-367-9101.
Reach out to Dr. Jacobs today to schedule your consultation!