After gynecomastia surgery, is it common that the side where more gland was removed would have more swelling?

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Swelling after gynecomastia surgery

You certainly can expect to have more swelling on the bigger side.  However you must wait until all swelling resolves.  Up to a year even.  However it can be that there is still more breast tissue on that side and the surgeon misjudged.

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After gynecomastia surgery, is it common that the side where more gland was removed would have more swelling?

It is possible to have more swelling on one side compared to the other during the healing process. Consult your surgeon since each surgery is different and he/she knows your case the best. 

Ron Hazani, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills General Surgeon
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Gynecomastia and Swelling

If more dissection was needed on one side, then it is possible that there is more swelling on that side. Consult your surgeon as he or she knows the scope of the surgery and the specifics about you. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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It is difficult to say why one side has more swelling than the other. It may be due to the fact that more dissection was necessary on that one side.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Healing & Assymetry After Gynecomastia Surgery

#Asymmetry during the healing process is not at all uncommon after any breast surgery due to the nature of each breast to heal differently from each other.
Also, your incisions will go through a maturation #process following #Gynecomastia #surgery. For the first few months they will be red and possibly raised and/or firm. As the scar matures, after 6-12 months, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable. You may experience numbness, tingling, burning, “crawling”, or other peculiar sensations around the surgical area. This is a result of the #healing of tiny fibers which are trapped in the incision site. These symptoms will disappear. Some people are prone to keloids, which is an abnormal scar that becomes prominent. If you or a blood relative has a tendency to keloid formation, please inform the doctor.

Bruising and #swelling are normal and usually increase slightly after the removal of any tape or foam. The bruising will decrease over 3-4 weeks, but may last as long as 6 weeks. The majority of the swelling will be gone within the first 3-4 weeks. However, it may take 6-9 weeks to disappear completely.
Also, as you heal, the area may feel “lumpy” and irregular. This, too, decreases with time, and massaging these areas will help soften the scar tissue. The #compression garment helps reduce the swelling, and the longer it is worn, the more quickly you will #heal. It can also assist in the retraction of the skin. If you have any concerns about #healing, its best to ask questions of your surgeon or their nursing staff.

Jed H. Horowitz, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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