Can a Crater Deformity Be Fixed After Gynecomastia by Going to Gym?

when i bend my nipples and my chest sink. can be fixed by going to gym?

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Deformity correction after gynecomastia surgery

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Hello and thank you for the question.

This is a common sequelae, especially in men who have large gynecomastia masses requiring resection.  Your options are to perform lipoplasty in the surrounding area to blend in the deformity, to perform a fat transfer into the deformed area, or a combination of both. This correct treatment or combination will depend on the severity of your deformity.  Consult with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for an evaluation and to discuss your options. 

Kindest Regards,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Over resection can be a problem to correct. The gym will not improve it. SOmetimes lipsuctin of the periphery helps or even fat grafting

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Crater after gynecomastia

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This condition can occur if too much of the breast tissue has been removed. No amount of exercise will improve this. Fat injections once healing is coplete may help.

Morad Tavallali, MD, FACS
Vienna Plastic Surgeon
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Crater deformity after gynaecomastia correction

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This is probably due to excessive liposuction or excision.  I would give it at least 6 months as mild contour irregularities will often even out.  It is due to removal of too much fat, so I am afraid that exercise will not improve it.  The best way to fix it would be fat transfer.  Good luck.


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This is called DISH deformity.

The proper treatment is fat transfer..Excercise will not improve it.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

Repair of crater deformity after gynecomastia

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Yes, the crater deformity can be fixed.  Building the muscle behind it by going to the gym might help if the crater is very shallow and there is body fat to be lost and muscle to be built through diet and excercise.  If that does not do it, fat grafting of the crater or completion of excision of all of the gladular tissue if some gladular tissue on the periphery was left behind.

All the best,

Dr. Repta

Remus Repta, MD
Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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Crater Concerns Following Gynecomastia Surgery

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Your incisions will go through a maturation #process after 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.
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. It's possible the indentations can be addressed with cosmetic filler(s) if eligible.

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

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Hi milad,

Thanks for the post. A crater deformity is caused by either over-resection of tissue or scar tethering, or both.  Going to the gym to build the pectorals muscle will not correct a crater deformity caused by over-resection.  This is because the pectoralis muscle will increase in size evenly, meaning that it will not be bigger in the area where the tissue was resected, which is what would be needed to fill the defect.  Fat flaps or fat grafting will be required. 


Dr. Dadvand

Babak Dadvand, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Can a Crater Deformity Be Fixed After Gynecomastia by Going to Gym?

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The short answer is no.  Contour deformity may likely require revision liposuction or fat grafting.  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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Contour Irregularities Following Gynecomastia Surgery

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                  Contour irregularities are not uncommon following surgical excision of glandular gynecomastia. In most cases these deformities are relatively minor and don’t require treatment. They usually respond to massage and compression in the immediate post-operative period.

                  In some cases these deformities may be severe and require secondary surgical intervention. The majority of these cases require fat grafting and liposuction of the surrounding areas to improve contour.

                  It’s impossible to know what will be required to correct your particular deformity without a physical examination. It does seem that minimal subcutaneous fat is present and the under surface of the areola is attached to the pectoralis muscles causing obvious distortion with movement. It appears that the magnitude of your tissue deformity is severe with resultant crater formation.

                  Based on these findings it’s unlikely that this deformity can be corrected without fat grafting. It’s appropriate to wait at least six to twelve months following surgery to allow resolution of swelling before proceeding. Consultation with your surgeon regarding treatment options for this problem is appropriate at this time. 

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