Lipo for Male Breast Reduction - How Long Until Results Are Noticeable?

I am a 37-year-old male that had Smart Lipo with tumescent liposuction done on my abdomen and breasts 23 days ago. I immediately have noticed a difference in my abdomen but I am worried that my breasts are not going to be flat enough. Is it still too early for me to judge my results? Does it take the breast longer to go down than the immediate results I see in my stomach? My Doctor told me that I did not have much granular breast tissue.

Doctor Answers (18)

GYnecomastia surgery

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Results should be evident soon after surgery. There may be swelling, but the results, not final results will be evident soon after surgery. Check before and after images to seed what results look  ike weeks and months after surgery

Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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It is too early to tell

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At 3-4 weeks you can see a significant difference in most areas except very fibrous areas. The fibrous or glandular tissue of the chest requires extra effort to remove the fat and tissue so as a result you have more trauma to the area which causes more prolonged swelling. In a month from now you should see a bigger difference and the final result at about 4-6 months. Be patient and trust what your doc tells you along the way.

David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Lipo for Male Breast Reduction - How Long Until Results Are Noticeable?

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You are very early in the recovery period after liposuction and gynecomastia reduction.  Give it more time before evaluating the outcome of your surgery.  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
5.0 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Gynecomastia results

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Depending on the severity of the gynecomastia, you can generally notice improvement 3 weeks after surgery.  Based on your question, it sounds like you have had improvement but you are desiring more. It will take 4 to 6 months to see the final result. Discuss your concerns with the surgeon, and he can advise you accordingly.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

Liposuction for gynecomastia

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I have found that liposuction alone only works completely in about 20% of cases. Most of the time a good portion of the excess breast tissue is glandular and is not easily removed with liposuction techniques. i use Ultrasonic Assisted liposuction which helps a great deal more but in a majority of cases the stubborn tough tissue needs to be directly excised. i am usually able to do this with a small scar placed off to the side of the chest. Others frequently use a scar placed along the lower border of the areola. You should see the results right away though it takes a good 3 months to see the final results.

Ronald Schuster, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

When to see results

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Typically gynecomastia is a combination of fat cells and glandular  (breast ) tissue. The fat responds to liposuction the glandular tissue does not. In cases with substantial glandular tissue there will be minimal improvement after liposuction the tissue needs to be surgically removed. Results are apparent at 72 hours although that is not the final result but certainly a change would be noted.

Jay M. Pensler, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

Liposuction for male breast reduction

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Patients should notice the results of liposuction for male breast reduction very quickly. The extent of your results depend on the technique that the surgeon used as well, fat was removed. Discuss with your surgeon the amount of fat that was removed in the areas where he was removed from. Patients will typically have swelling in this area for 4 to 6 months after their surgery. If after that time, you still do not notice appreciable results or would like a more sculpted look, it is possible to repeat the liposuction or use a different technique in liposuction. In our practice, we exclusively use ultrasound liposuction for this area because this technique is more effective than smart lipo in the dense and fibrous male fat

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Lipo of chest

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At 23 dyas, it is still a bit early to see final results. I would give it at least 4- 6 months for the majority of the swelling to disappear.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Male Breast Reduction

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The abnormally large male breast consists of three main components: excess fat, excess skin, and excess glandular tissue. Some breasts have more or less of these components influencing what needs to be done surgically. There are many types of liposuction techniques. All are good at removing fat.

Ultrasonic and laser lipolysis are believed to be better at skin tightening. However, there have been no scientific studies to prove this. Removal of glandular tissue by lipolysis is more difficult than fat removal and may require direct excision. If the skin is very loose or there is sagging of the skin, skin tightening may be required. There will be more scarring if formal skin tightening is needed

At 23 days, you should see significant improvement. However it may take 3-4 months to see the final results.

Todd B. Koch, MD
Buffalo Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

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