Post Gynecomastia Surgery: Can an Asymmetrical Chest Improve by Itself?

I'm 26 years old I had gynecomastia from long time and it's bilatral I did gynecomastia surgery from 5 week ago but after the surgery my chest is asymmetrical(one breast bigger than the other).

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Asymmetry After Gynecomastia Surgery

Hi Ibra,

Thanks for the post. There could be a variety of reasons why someone is asymmetric. It could be because they have excess breast tissue on one side, excess fatty tissue on one side, or musculoskeletal asymmetries (pectoralis is larger or ribs curve differently on one side than the other). Musculoskeletal asymmetries cannot be corrected with gynecomastia surgery.  That being said, at 5 weeks you are still relatively early in the recovery and so one side could be more swollen than the other. I recommend you wait until you are closer to 6 months before evaluating your chest. The asymmetry you have now may resolve with more time.

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Dr. Dadvand


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Post Gynecomastia Surgery: Can an Asymmetrical Chest Improve by Itself?

It is too early to assess the outcome of your surgery.  I would give it at least two months.  Communicate your concerns with your surgeon.  Good luck and be safe.

John T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FICS
Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

John Nguyen, MD, FACS
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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Too early

I could be swelling or it could be a larger chest muscle than the other side especially if your dominate arm.  Try and be patient.

Miguel Delgado, MD
San Francisco Plastic Surgeon
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Assymmetry post 6 months may require a revision

Asymmetry following gynecomastia surgery may be due to swelling, bleeding, scarring or residual tissue.  If asymmetry persists after 6 months consider revision.  If the asymmetry is small must weigh risk over resection.

Robert Sleightholm, MD
Brampton Plastic Surgeon
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Asymmetry after gynaecomastia correction

On balance it is likely that you have some residual asymmetry that you should bring to the attention of your surgeon. However you should wait for at least 4-6 months to allow all swelling to settle down before having any further correction.

Anindya Lahiri, FRCS (Plast)
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon
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Healing after gynecomastia surgery

It is important to give yourself enough time to heal after surgery. Sometime both sides do not heal at the same rate, so for now you should be patient.  If the asymmetry persists after 3-4 months, you should approach your surgeon about a touch-up.

Bruce Genter, MD
Abington Plastic Surgeon
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Asymmetric breasts after gynecomastia correction

I would recommend going back to your plastic surgeon for a revision.  However, you may want to wait about 3-4 months for all of the swelling to resolve first.

Assymmetry following Gynecomastia Surgery

5 weeks is still quite early following gynecomastia surgery and swelling or asymmetry may resolve over the next few months.  I would not suggest any revisionary surgery for at least 6 months following your original gynecomastia surgery.  If there is still some asymmetry a revision could be considered, but give it time.

Vincent D. Lepore, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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Asymmetry post gynocomastia surgery

It is possible that there is still some asymmetrical swelling 5 weeks after surgery.  I would advise you to wait about 3 months from date of surgery.  If there still is asymmetry, than you may need a revision.  Minor asymmetry is not uncommon after this surgery, and even excellent surgeons have to do occasional revisions.  It would likely be a small procedure, possibly done under local anesthesia.

Leif L. Rogers, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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